Technology is transforming every aspect of industry, and digitalization and automation have flourished in the past few years. DevOps has established itself as an indispensable software development methodology for successful digital transformation.
According to a recent market survey, the DevOps market will exceed $20 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 24.7% from 2019 to 2026. DevOps has facilitated rapid and dependable software development, delivery, improved quality and higher customer satisfaction.
DevOps, too, is continuously evolving to meet the changing demands of the corporate environment. Let’s look at the future of DevOps and the trends you should expect to see.
DevOps teams will see a rise in the adoption of serverless architecture, mainly because of the massive capital and operational costs of server infrastructure. Numerous DevOps groups are working with modular components offering an overview of the pipeline. Moving these modular components to serverless architecture will empower groups to mitigate a few pieces of errands identified with pipeline architecture and focus on deployment and development of the product.
Serverless computing streamlines overall DevOps operations, including the complete software life cycle, from development to deployment, testing and maintenance in one place. Also, serverless computing reduces the developer’s workload by taking care of server maintenance, such as cloud monitoring and system updates. Other prime USPs include flexibility, reliability, speed and cost-efficiency.
Microservices architecture has been gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional monolithic architecture in the IT industry, and this trend is expected to continue. Microservices architecture is a pattern of organizing computer systems into segments that can scale on demand. A microservices architecture pattern is the next evolution of service-oriented architecture (SOA) that structures an application as a collection of coupled services. If one piece of the application fails, microservices make it easy to identify and contain the issue without disrupting the whole application.
DevOps and microservices architecture enable decentralized teams to innovate rapidly, maintain control over their tech stack and standards, track performance metrics, supervise the development and release cycles and reduce overall consumption time by achieving shorter software release intervals.
Low-Code/No-Code Applications and Platforms
To keep up with the demand for new applications and features, many organizations have turned to low-code/no-code development to deploy applications swiftly. Adopting a low-code approach with DevOps is a game-changer. It enables developers to experience higher agility and gives the organization a competitive advantage in the fast-paced, demanding software market.
Low-code applications allow non-technical ‘citizen developers’ to contribute to software development with the help of visual interface integration. In addition to end users, developers and DevOps engineers are set to play a crucial role in this trend, using low-code platforms and tools that offer drag-and-drop elements and other extensions. These low-code application development tools support every aspect of software development, including app ideation, analysis, software design, code development, quality assurance, deployment and documentation.
Many large enterprises are integrating and automating security into DevOps processes. The transformation from DevOps to DevSecOps is expected to gain even more momentum in the future. According to a forecast, the DevOps market size is expected to reach $5.9 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 31.2% during the forecast period.
More companies will embed security controls earlier in the software development cycle to ensure application security. Tools and frameworks will simply integrate with CI/CD pipelines and testing tools will see a rise in 2022. DevSecOps empowers developers to consistently track, monitor and remediate security defects during the various stages of development while improving the speed of delivery and quality.
Kubernetes and GitOps
Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration platform emerging as an infrastructure trend on the operations side. Kubernetes will expand further into the software development space in 2022 and beyond. It will ease the task of starting a local Kubernetes cluster on a developer’s machine. Kubernetes security is expected to take center stage as well, through infrastructure-as-code (IaC) scanning.
GitOps is a Kubernetes-related infrastructure trend that allows developers and IT operators to use Git to manage clusters and deliver efficient, secure applications without misconfigurations. It automates releasing incremental updates, and consistent delivery will enable developers to build, test and deploy software rapidly.
AI and ML
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have already transformed the way businesses operate nowadays. In 2022, it is anticipated that AI/ML will further streamline and accelerate every phase of the SDLC. It enables DevOps teams to enhance their performance through intelligent automation, improving feedback and managing alerts.
Advanced analytical methods like predictive analytics are becoming increasingly important as the market evolves. AI can enable proactive investigation of the DevOps pipeline to identify problems and offer possible solutions. AI and ML integration also enable deep learning, data mining, statistics and modeling, becoming an integral part of your business’ workflow.
DevOps continues to evolve and pivot to drive significant IT transformations that directly bolster business goals and objectives. It will assist in enhancing the company’s ability to design, produce, launch and maintain high-quality software solutions. The above trends will help organizations move rapidly beyond automation, focusing on continuously improving outcomes. These trends are catalysts for creating a regular and dependable release pipeline and building better communication between development, IT and business teams.