DevOps 2020: The Top Nine Trends to Watch Out For

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DevOps 2020: The Top Nine Trends to Watch Out For

AI, microservices, shift-left policies, and IaaS are some of the trends to continue in 2020.

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Here's what the future of DevOps holds.

Software development has come a long way. The culture of DevOps is continuously evolving and refining itself. From the waterfall method of yesteryears through the eventual upgrade to agile delivery to the revolutionary culture shift called DevOps, the picture is changing every day. For example, Kubernetes, which is one of the helpers of DevOps, has improved itself remarkably in recent years when the option of adding a multi-master cluster was incorporated into it. So, the picture is ever-changing.

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DevOps already automates codes and pipelines. With AI becoming the norm in 2020, developers will have more control over big data management with the help of AI tools. This will bring database management and the DevOps process together. The more big data is analyzed, the more enriching the software usage will become. DevOps will incorporate database management hugely in the years to come.

But before we go on to discuss the major DevOps trends that are expected in 2020, let’s get a quick overview of the advantages of DevOps.

Major Advantages of DevOps In a Snapshot

  • From software development to deployment, DevOps involves too little manual work in the whole software delivery process, reducing both time and errors. The use of automation testing tools in a DevOps cycle is almost the norm today.

  • Since both the developers and operations team work together in the same DevOps culture, the chance of miscommunication and conflict between them decreases.

  • With the implementation of DevOps, bug fixing is taken care of quite early in the development cycle.

DevOps has other advantages such as new codes being deployed in lesser time, updates and upgrades happening quickly, and so on. Together, these features contribute to the building of competitive advantage for an enterprise.

Here are the latest trends that are dominating the DevOps sphere and will eventually be the norm in 2020.

1. Harnessing the Power of Machine Learning

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are right now the focus of the digital world. DevOps, too, will be much smarter with the help of AI in the coming years. There is too much data available these days. With AI, DevOps will be able to handle and get benefit from big data thereby improving the app development process (and the associated analysis and research processes) in a phenomenal way. The already automated CI/CD pipeline will see more automation, and eventually, human intervention in the pipeline will be at its minimum. Of course, there will be challenges implementing the power of AI and ML, but the result would be magical.

This will further make the building of a robust automation testing framework necessary which, in turn, will facilitate faster scripting of new test cases. Nowadays, there are automation testing solutions like LambdaTest, which not only provide you with infrastructure but also give you a whole range of complementary features that together enhance your whole cross-browser testing experience while helping you to ship your products faster.

2. Cloud Providers Would Gain More Importance

Cloud providers will be more focused on serverless DevOps solutions in 2020. And there will be many takers because not only it will be cost-effective, it will also be headache-free. A developer would not be responsible for maintaining hardware and software that the code runs on — the cloud service providers would be.

3. Rise of Compliance-As-Code: DevSecOps

With the rise of attacks from malicious factors, security will remain the focus in 2020. Developers are now implementing compliance as code more thoroughly and improving the security aspects in DevOps. They are wary of last-minute code changes upon the discovery of security vulnerabilities. DevSecOps would solve that problem and in 2020, we will see a rise in the implementation of this mantra.

4. Modular Software: Microservice

In 2020, more and more businesses will say goodbye to the big, monolithic applications and favor the rise of modular applications wherein a big application can be broken into logical modules. And these modules can then be updated individually without the risk of messing up the stability of the whole application. In a nutshell, 2020 will see the rise in the usage of microservices architecture.

5. Assembly Line to Bridge Gap

To reach the idealized version of CI and CD, we need to bridge the gap between various departments that come into play in a DevOps friendly software delivery environment. Developers, testing teams, ops team, SecOps team, and Software Release Management teams all need to be coordinated in an organized fashion in order to achieve a hundred percent successful implementation of CI/CD pipeline.

6. More Importance on Code

Automation is the keyword in DevOps. Until now, human intervention is significantly needed in the CI/CD pipeline. In 2020, there will be a trend to decrease this human intervention. Scripting, using machine learning, and automating everything will be necessary, meaning the operations team will be required to write scripts, as well. No longer will a tester be able to ignore the importance of coding.

7. More Focus On a Shift-Left Policy

With security coming into focus, shift-left policy will witness a significant rise in importance. No longer will the admins need to wait for any bugs or security flaws to crop up after product development. Developers can check for security issues in the pipeline and take adequate measures. This is already happening and in 2020, this will become even more popular. This shift-left policy will also accommodate any product change early in the development cycle.

8. Infrastructure-as-a-Code

With cloud adoption on the rise, IaaS will also witness a rise in demand. No longer will the developers need to configure individual servers, data centers, and virtual machines — everything will be scripted. The cost associated with software development will decrease and there will be flexibility in using this type of coded infrastructure because it will then be accessible to multiple admins from anywhere in the world. With logic-based operation gaining traction, Faas will see an increase. Event-driven server capacity usage will become the norm. This, basically, will put an end to the work of managing the cloud server as everything will be based on If-This-Then-That logic. The cloud server will know when to accommodate more computing power and when to use less capacity.

9. Database Management and Its Rise

DevOps already automates codes and pipelines. With AI becoming the norm in 2020, developers will have more control over big data management with the help of AI tools. This will bring database management and the DevOps process together. The more big data is analyzed, the more enriching the software usage will become. DevOps will incorporate database management hugely in the future.

Bonus: The Rise of Open Source

The beauty of everything associated with DevOps is its adaptability. Companies can fine-tune the DevOps tools according to their needs as most of these tools are open source. Kubernetes, Docker, and Jenkins — you name it, all are open source and this trend will continue in 2020. Funny thing is, Microsoft, which once called open-source "cancer," is now supporting the open-source tools and the Linux Kernel. In 2020, people should get ready to see the phenomenal rise of Open Source tools and operating systems.

A couple of years ago, Kubernetes incorporated into itself a revolutionary improvement — multi-cluster federation. This type of helpful functionality will keep on getting added in the years ahead. Still today, software development has not been able to fully utilize the power of DevOps. However, with AI and Cloud service on the rise DevOps culture will be the new normal. Although 2020 is too early for that to be realized, we will be heading that direction more steadily.

Lots of interesting things are going to happen in the DevOps sphere in 2020. One thing is certain: DevOps is not going anywhere. People should increase their knowledge about Kubernetes, Docker, and other DevOps tools to advance their careers and businesses.

Further Reading

Cybersecurity's Emerging DevOps Challenge in 2020

The Shift Left Principle and DevOps

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