DevOps Trends to look for in 2021

What DevOps trends will develop this year? With a year like 2020, all the prognosticators out there have abandoned their crystal balls and “educated predictions”. The gist of last year can be summed up with companies leveraging technology to ensure continuity in workflows. For this year, the only prediction that everyone is feeling confident about is that digital experiences and solutions will be treasured more than ever.

With every crisis inducing a change in the roles of different departments, this one shifted the role of IT from providing assistance, tools, and resources to get business done to a mission-critical role. Innovation and improvement in IT are paramount in the new normal and no longer optional for organisations . And, digital solutions are the key to deploying rapid innovation.

Keeping that in mind, here are some of the top DevOps trends to be on the lookout for in 2021.


1. Going Cloud

Even before the ripples of the pandemic hit their business, enterprises without a cloud infrastructure were already inclined towards adopting a more cloud-centric infrastructure. Knowing the degree of efficiency, scalability, and flexibility it provides, they were looking to accommodate cloud-based workflows and applications.

The pandemic has added wings to this shift due to the pressing need for adaptability. IDC FutureScape recently predicted that about 80% of the enterprises will have their hands on digital solutions that will double the acceleration rate of cloud migration. With the shift towards a primarily remote workforce, the actual number could be a lot higher than the prediction.


2. Autonomous IT

AI has become a technology that is injecting innovation in every industry and has everyone’s attention. Due to remote workforces, it has been hard for many companies to keep up their operational efficiencies. AI solutions can automate various tasks and increase overall efficiency.

IT experts believe that AI will have the maximum impact in DevOps in 2021 by playing a crucial role in revamping and automating various conventional activities. It will also play an essential role in automating testing routines and optimizing test cases, along with cutting down the time taken by an application in the development phase.

Delivery cycles supported with ML solutions will help in locating blockages or capacity issues and mitigating them. DevOps pipelines backed with AI-based analytics will not only help in anticipating issues but also provide potential solutions.

AI and ML solutions will be one of the primary focuses of DevOps teams and professionals in 2021.


3. Prioritising Edge Computing

Edge-driven investments and business-models were a hit throughout 2020 and enterprises have finally caught up on their benefits. Edge computing is a distributed architecture that gives applications the ability to react on the edge of the network. Earlier, the usage of edge computing was limited to fitness trackers, smart home applications, etc., but is now slowly entering the mainstream.

2020 pushed organisations to extend the cloud to on-premises and reap the benefits of IoT and transformational digital business applications. But, a transition this big will require prior investments in revised infrastructures, with data resources and application resources pushed toward edge locations. But the benefits of higher adaptability, scalability, and flexibility make the migration to cloud-centric edge and network solutions worth it.


4. Container Registry Solutions

Container Registry helps the developers to store or manage their artifacts and dependencies and ensures a smooth flow of the software development life cycle. They have gained a lot of attention among the developers and DevOps teams and are one of the top trends in DevOps for 2021.

DevOps development teams that work with containerized applications or another type of microservices architecture are highly dependent on container registry services. The image management of container registry solutions is also becoming a major aspect of present-day development workflows. The rise in cloud-native technology is also one of the reasons for the rising popularity of container registry services.

5. Hybrid Design Structure

As we came to the end of 2020 and now started into 2021, most of us are still at home behind our laptops and computers working remotely. Looking further forward into 2021, one of the biggest board discussions will be about their take on the dispersed workforce. The general perception about working from home has been that when the current COVID pandemic crisis is behind us, we’ll all be back to the office. With a hybrid design structure, it will be possible to collaborate with pharma companies and other players with huge database requirements.

IDC Group’s research showed that the organisations that were succeeding at managing workflows and maintaining efficiency were inclined to change their model completely. They recognised that giving their employees the flexibility to work anywhere they want while still getting things done and keeping up the operational efficiency will be key in succeeding in the next phase.

A hybrid IT structure for the workforce will allow companies to give that flexibility to their employees. The IDC report predicts that 75% of G2000 companies will have created some type of hybrid IT structure by 2023.

To sum up, with the urgency of innovation created by 2020, we’ll see rapid innovation of digital solutions and major shifts in IT. These major DevOps trends in 2021 will help organisations to deal with these shifts.

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