According to a study conducted by CISCO, over the past 5 years, internet traffic tripled, and between 2018 and 2021, user rates increased by 14 points.
To meet the growing needs of Internet users, companies choose the Cloud, which has advantages like:
- Cost limits for infrastructure and storage
- Greater flexibility
- Increased resilience
In the light of these developments, what are the DevOps trends that are emerging for 2022?
In this article, we present an overview of the trends which are identified and expanded in the whitepaper DevOps Trends 2022:
- Plan for the risk of shortages and outages
- Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud strategy
- AWS, leading public Cloud provider
- Kubernetes – #1 for orchestration
- Cloud Native and Serverless are reaching a plateau
- Better understanding of DevOps by companies
- Overview of future DevOps issues related to the increase in internet traffic
DevOps Trend #1: Prepare for the risk of outages and shortages
Internet use continues to grow. Over the past five years, traffic has tripled, while in only three years, the population of users has increased from 44% to 58%.
As one result, the number of breakdowns is also going up. In 2019, 39% of the costs associated with breakdowns exceeded $100,000. In 2020 and 2021, that rate jumped to 62%.
The increase in demand also undermines the production of materials. According to the Uptime Institute, the majority of vendors expect to face issues with supply chains, which will impact the general availability of IT equipment.
Already in 2021, some components for chipsets were out of stock, and some experts predict that this situation will last through 2022.
DevOps Trend #2: A strategy oriented to Multicloud and Hybrid Cloud
To optimize costs, 92% of companies surveyed by Flexera say they are adopting a MultiCloud strategy. Some 80% of them prefer the Hybrid cloud.
DevOps Trend #3: AWS will remain the leading public cloud provider
With its 32% market share, AWS maintained its leading position in Q3 2021, compared to Q4 2020. Azure and Google Cloud are gaining ground, however: +2 points for Azure, against +1 point for Google Cloud (Source: Gartner).
The trend is repeated if we consider only usage. Where AWS is chosen by 77% of respondents, it has nevertheless lost 1 point since 2020. At the same time, Azure has gained 10 points in 1 year, now representing the first choice of 73% of users.
DevOps Trend #4: Kubernetes, the clear favorite in orchestrating containerized applications
Among the companies surveyed by Portworx, 84% of them are already using Kubernetes and the majority of them have more than 500 employees. In 2021, 90% of Kubernetes users used its managed services, compared to 70% last year.
For 73% of Kubernetes users surveyed, the main advantage of the platform is the speed of deployment of new applications.
DevOps Trend #5: Cloud Native and Serverless adoption hits a plateau
In Q1 2020, Cloud Native had 6.5 million users. In Q1 2021, that numbered had only increased to 6.8 million.
This relatively weak progression is confirmed by a lower adoption rate in most geographical areas (Western Europe and Israel, Eastern Europe and Russia, Middle East and Africa, etc.). On average, adoption has gone from 50% in Q1 2020 to 47% in Q1 2021.
The adoption of Serverless architecture is following the same trend. Even if we can see a larger absolute number of users in Q3 2020, the most significant increase last happened in Q3 2019.
If AWS remains the most used Serverless platform for back-end developers, Google Cloud Run is showing the strongest growth, gaining 9 points in just one year.
DevOps Trend #6: Companies are improving their DevOps organization
Many studies show that more and more companies are adopting a very high level of DevOps.
At the same time, to meet these requirements, DevOps has also been raising their skill levels. In fact, the rate of DevOps teams declaring themselves part of the ‘elite’ has increased from 20% in 2019 to 26% in 2021.
The Puppet State DevOps study highlights an interesting fact: it notes that the number of people who consider that they are working with a DevOps team has gone down, but at the same time, the adoption of DevOps organizations has gone up.
To explain this paradox, the study highlights a better understanding of the term ‘DevOps’, since the term is less and less trite.
Further, certain companies say they favor the terms SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) or DevSecOps.
DevOps Trend #7: The growing challenges of increasing internet traffic
Faced with the acceleration of Internet use, the Cloud giants have already planned to expand the capacities of their data centers. AWS is planning seven new regions, while Microsoft expects 50 to 100 new data centers every year.
However, the growing ‘hunger’ of Internet users has both a financial and an environmental cost.
To come out on top, Cloud providers will have to find the right balance between satisfying their customers, controlling the impacts of outages – and reducing their carbon footprint.
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