10 DevOps Trends to Watch for in 2021

DevOps 2021 trends

DevOps has come a long way, and there is no doubt it will continue to shine this year. Since many companies are looking for best practices around their digital transformation, it’s important to see where leaders think the industry is going. In that sense, the following article is a collection of responses from the DevOps leaders on DevOps trends to watch for in 2021.

Let’s see what each one of them has to say about DevOps in the year to come.

1. Migrating to microservice will become a must – Lead DevOps Engineer at Wipro Limited

“Migrating from monolithic to microservice and containerized architecture will be a must for all the company for their Digital Transformation journey. It’s not going to be a choice or option anymore. This is where the adoption of Kubernetes will be on rise and when organizations will adopt multi-cloud, Terraform will be the ultimate choice to automate Infrastructure.” – Sachidananda Pattnaik, Lead DevOps Engineer at Wipro Limited

2. Hybrid will become the deployment norm – VP of Developer Relations at JFrog

“2020 accelerated remote work, expedited the migration to cloud, and turned DevOps from a best practice to an essential part of every business. As we move into 2021 the industry will embrace hybrid on multiple facets. First, businesses will fully embrace hybrid workforces that combine the advantages of remote work and on-site team collaboration. Second, business models will become hybrid, such as conferences that merge virtual scale with local networking. Finally, the hybrid will become the deployment norm as companies modernize their stack to take advantage of cloud-native technologies, but realize that not everything can move off-prem. The winners in 2021 will be companies who embrace hybrid across their business, model, and products.” – Stephen Chin, VP of Developer Relations at JFrog

3. DataOps will boom – Senior DevOps Engineer at Rakuten

“DataOps will definitely boom in 2021, and COVID might play a role in it. Due to COVID and WFH situation, consumption of digital content is skyrocket high which demands a new level of automation for self-scaling and self-healing systems to meet the growth and demand.

So far, DevOps are setting up systems for Logging, Monitoring, and Alerting only (ELK/EFK Stacks, Prometheus/Grafana/Alertmanager, and so on) Now, it is high time for DevOps to step up and use available data and metrics to generate valuable insights, learn and apply machine learning models to predict incidents or outages, develop automation which learns itself from the data and forecast capacity to improve budget planning. Many have already started calling MLOps/AIOps to this part.” – Nirav Chotai, Senior DevOps Engineer at Rakuten

4. Resilience testing will become mainstream – Head of Product at Neotys

“The intersection between Observability, Performance Testing, and Resilience Testing will become mainstream from my point of view. With the recent Ops issues of WW leaders such as AWS and Google, and digital transformation accelerating in all verticals, the market will come to realize that infinite scalability provided by public or private cloud flavors is not enough.” – Patrick Wolf, Head of Product at Neotys

5. GitOps will become a norm – Principal Architect at Macy’s

“A “you build it, you own it” development process requires tools that developers know and understand. GitOps is the name for how DevOps use developer tooling to drive operations.

GitOps is a way to do Continuous Delivery. More specifically, it is an operating model for building Cloud Native applications that unify Deployment, Monitoring, and Management. It works by using Git as a source of truth for declarative infrastructure and applications. Automated CI/CD pipelines roll out changes to your infrastructure when commits are pushed and approved in Git. It also makes use of diff tools to compare the actual production state with what’s under source control and alerts you when there is a divergence.

The ultimate goal of GitOps is to speed up development so that your team can make changes and updates safely and securely to complex applications running in Kubernetes.” – Soumen Sarkar, Principal Architect at Macy’s

6. There will be more migrations to serverless – Site Reliability Engineering Manager at Lifion by ADP

“2021 will be a year to watch for more migrations to serverless .. if containers and orchestration were Generation Z .. live loads on serverless will be Gen z+ .. pay per use will go to pay only when you use model .. pay per use and pay only when you use may appear the same ..but think of running k8s pod-based microservice to running the same on serverless when you need.” – Shivaramakrishnan G, Site Reliability Engineering Manager at Lifion by ADP

7. NoOps comes to the scene – CEO at ClickIT Smart Technologies

“I envision more managed services appearing and reducing our DevOps operations and reducing OPEX in customers. More Serverless apps, more serverless services like Aurora Serverless, Fargate, Amazon S3, and serverless static websites. Amazon ECS/EKS in data centers(new release re:invent 2020), and cloud management services that allow you to reduce maintenance and development in data centers. In the same lines, more cloud-native principles and features ported to data-centers, Ex. Knative.” – Alfonso Valdes, CEO at ClickIT Smart Technologies

8. BizDevOps will emerge big time – DevOps Manager at Petco

“The movement toward cost optimization with regard to architectures and corporate hierarchies – as business GROKS the value from DevOps.

Focus on flexible, cloud-native, architectures and tooling that land capabilities once reserved for the “big guys” in packaging palatable for smaller organizations (Snowflake or Hazelcast vs Oracle/Teradata)

FaaS is just getting started (serverless, Lambda etc) – the operational issues are being sorted out and people are realizing the potential.” – Chad Prey, DevOps Manager at Petco

9. Infrastructure as Code (IaC) will take its stand even higher – Senior Solutions Architect at Volvo Cars

Infrastructure as code (IaC): A core tenet of DevOps in the cloud. Your infrastructure—i.e. servers, networks, and storage devices whether on-premises or in the cloud—defined as a code. This allows a company to automate and simplify its infrastructure. IaC also delivers a straightforward infrastructure version control system that allows teams to roll back to the “last configuration that worked” in case of a catastrophic failure. That means rapid recovery and reduced downtime.” – Niraj Tripathi, Senior Solutions Architect at Volvo Cars

10. Automation & chaos engineering become much important – Group Development Manager at Gibraltar India Development Center

“Everything automated – Build, deploy, test, infra and release.

Single line of going to Production with required quality gates. Faster, Repeatable, Customisable and Reliable automation is key to the success of any project. Chaos engineering – Very critical aspect of today’s hybrid infra world. System behaviour and Customer Experience are tightly coupled, the sooner you test this and better experience you provide to your customers.

Hope you enjoyed our expert round-up responses on the DevOps trends to watch for in 2021. If you think we are missing something that should be considered, please share your views in the comments.

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BDCC Global is a leading DevOps research company. We believe in sharing knowledge and increasing awareness, and to contribute to this cause, we try to include all the latest changes, news, and fresh content from the DevOps world into our blogs.