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Thanksgiving has been observed in the U.S. since 1861 and was officially designated as an official holiday in 1863 by president Lincoln. Of course, the tradition itself traces its lineage to the early days of the Pilgrims.
This past year, of course, has been one of recovery from a pandemic that caused the deaths of millions of people around the world. Vaccines have saved the lives of countless more, so there is much to be thankful for despite all our recent trials and tribulations. In that spirit, there are more than a few things for DevOps professionals, in particular, to be thankful for this year starting with:
Digital business transformation: Organizations of all sizes have had to adjust their business models because of both major changes in buyer behavior and an ongoing supply chain crisis. DevOps teams are at the core of any major digital business transformation initiative, so the demand for DevOps expertise continues to outstrip the available supply. Going forward, it’s been predicted we’ll see more digital transformation in the next 10 years than in all the last 40 years combined. The vast majority of those initiatives would never see the light of day if it were not for the expertise of developers and engineers working hand-in-hand to build and deploy applications faster than ever.
Low-code platforms: As the demand for applications to drive digital workflows spiked in the wake of the pandemic, professional developers relied more on low-code platforms to decrease the time required to build an application. While many complex applications will still be built using procedural code, it’s clear not nearly as many applications could have been deployed without relying on low-code platforms to build them. It remains to be seen how many of the next generations of low-code applications will be built by so-called citizen developers that may soon be flooding DevOps pipelines with application code.
Microservices: As an architecture for building applications the core concept of employing loosely coupled services together to construct an application goes all the way back to when service-oriented applications (SOA) were expected to be the next big thing in the 1990s. Microservices have, of course, been around for several years themselves. However, with the rise of containers as a software artifact for building microservices, it’s only now becoming apparent that building an application constructed using microservices not only takes less time but is easier to maintain and also more resilient.
Observability: As a concept, observability traces its lineage to linear dynamic systems. Observability in its most basic form measures how well the internal states of a system can be inferred based on knowledge of its external outputs. In the past year, a wide range of IT vendors introduced various types of observability platforms. These make it easier for DevOps teams to query machine data in a way that enables them to proactively discover the root cause of issues before they cause further disruption. That’s a major advance over monitoring platforms that typically only provide predefined metrics to identify when a specific platform or application is performing within expectations.
Biden’s executive order: In the wake of a pernicious attack against IT service management software from SolarWinds, the Biden administration published a sweeping executive order that requires federal agencies to implement a wide range of security best practices. Foremost among them is guidance concerning the security of software supply chains; which resulted in many organizations reviewing their entire software supply chain to make sure similar breaches will not occur.
DevSecOps: As an extension of any DevOps best practice, DevSecOps generally describes an overall shift left in terms of making developers more responsible for application security. While still in its relative infancy, DevSecOps is starting to gain traction as DevOps and cybersecurity teams look to bridge a cultural divide that is as wide as any in IT. The ultimate goal is to deliver more secure applications without reducing the speed at which they are being built and deployed.
GitOps: At its core, GitOps is an operational framework that takes DevOps best practices used to automate application development and extends them to infrastructure. The basic idea is that the configuration software created to manage infrastructure-as-code is just another software artifact to be stored in a Git repository. The approach provides a means for IT teams to achieve a continuous delivery goal that, more than a decade after DevOps best practices were defined, remains elusive. It’s still early days as far as GitOps best practices are concerned, but this has been the year when GitOps become part of the mainstream DevOps conversation.
Kubernetes: Simultaneously one the most powerful and most complex IT platforms ever to come down the proverbial enterprise IT pike, Kubernetes has emerged as a de facto standard for building and deploying container applications that can more efficiently scale up and down as required to consume IT infrastructure. The challenge (and the opportunity) now is to make Kubernetes much more accessible to mere mortal IT administrators that typically don’t have the programming skills of a site reliability engineer (SRE) and which are both hard to find and retain.
GraphQL: Employed as a query language for application programming interfaces (APIs), GraphQL provides a more efficient means of accessing data than the REST APIs that have been employed by developers in the past. Originally developed by Facebook, GraphQL adoption is still in its infancy but it’s clear APIs based on GrapQL will one day be as plentiful as REST APIs. That’s especially critical for microservices-based applications that rely on APIs to access data across a highly distributed computing environment that requires a more efficient means for transferring data.
Venture and Wall Street capital investments: Investment firms are helping fuel DevOps advances as they continue to make capital available for companies vying for their share of a market that is expected to see compound annual growth rates of 24.7% through 2026. There will, of course, eventually be a wave of consolidation as merger and acquisition activity inevitably ensues. In the meantime, however, there is a wide range of DevOps technologies that might not otherwise be as broadly adopted if it were not for all the cash being poured into DevOps companies.
The most important thing, of course, is that so many DevOps professionals are still here to build and deploy applications. It’s been a trying year for all concerned; however, as the pandemic crisis continues to recede, we can all be thankful for the opportunities that lie ahead.
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