Like it or not, DevOps is here to stay.
As a result, we’re seeing a gradual move to agile methods and even small enterprises embracing software that would otherwise be reserved for tech giants.
It makes sense. 2019 saw the rise of this versatile means of working and set the pace for businesses embracing the cloud.
In 2020, the possibilities now seem never-ending. But what are the key movements you need to be aware of, so you don’t get sidetracked by fads and buzzwords? We tackled this alongside a panel of UKFast experts in a recent webinar. But, don’t worry if you missed it as we’ve captured the top trends here…
Consolidation of containerisation
Containerisation is essentially wrapping up small chunks of application within the cloud. By breaking it down into manageable, bite-sized ‘containers’ you can more effectively maintain and improve the code.
A number of years ago, containerisation would have been considered a pipe dream. Little more than an idea. But, in 2019 it became a major trend in DevOps and paved the way for smaller businesses to afford in-house capacity for development.
Where once applications were built as “monolithic devices” only afforded by large businesses, now these can be both on-premise and in cloud.
Its consolidation is thanks to a number of factors, but the maturity of Docker (a platform which facilitates app development) certainly stands front of the pack. Early stage adopters often found themselves getting into a pickle with the technology. This recurring problem, however, isn’t going away anytime soon…
The rise of Kubernetes
Where Docker was a couple of years ago, Kubernetes stands today. And, we’ve seen a number of clients invest in the new system only to find themselves struggling. In short, the technology to implement it well doesn’t exist yet.
That’s why we always advise our clients to plan before you do. DevOps – and containerisation in particular – isn’t something you can mobilise on a whim. It’s a commitment to a certain level of innovation and will likely prove difficult to reverse.
But, that isn’t to say the technology won’t catch up.
In fact, 2020 will see a huge number of businesses getting to grips with Kubernetes as the functionality (and familiarity with it) develops. However, it’s crucial that you have the right foundations in place before you adopt it. Which leads us nicely onto…
Serverless computing goes one step further than containers: coding natively in the cloud. There was a heavy push on this in 2018, but uptake to date has been low.
This concept is so far removed from traditional methods of development that when we recommend it to clients, we’re faced with disbelief. With no back-ups, no anti-virus and no servers some would-be adopters are frightened of relinquishing control.
However, this is rapidly changing as more businesses wake up to the benefits.
Again, it’s important to assess whether technology such as serverless computing would suit your organisation and means of operation. But if your business holds a relatively light workload, with simplistic functionality, serverless is ideal.
One thing to bear in mind, however, is that you aren’t safer simply because your new solution doesn’t need anti-virus. Which brings us on to:
Cyber threats are changing, not going away
Last year, ICO scared every organisation into wiping their databases of any information that could be considered illegally obtained and keeping legitimate data under lock and key. Since, we’ve heard of only a handful of prominent cases – some still to be enforced.
But this doesn’t mean that you can return to your old ways…
ICO are restricted by their size and are slowly working through their caseload. So, you’ll still be expected to choose technology that protects your data and demonstrate to ICO that you take your security responsibilities seriously.
It’s the decision-making process regarding your technology of choice that you need to document. ICO will factor this in should the worse happen. In other words, cover your own back by selecting a solution that doesn’t just work for your growth plans, but also your stability.
Where we come in
At ClearCloud, we live and breathe cloud technology. We adhere exactly to platform best-practice and recommend solutions only when we’re confident they reflect your needs.
So, if you’re unsure of which trends are most relevant to your business, get in touch on email@example.com or by calling 0161 533 0286. Our team are always on hand to provide insight into changing technology and help you avoid buying into buzzwords.