- Because we aren’t done. While we’re seeing more automation and orchestration of IT, we are nowhere near “saturation” yet. Like cloud, if you’re just starting out automation is easy. But for the hundreds of thousands of enterprises who have a whole lot of technical baggage to sort through, automating IT to prepare it to handle the pressure from digital transformation and DevOps isn’t something you do overnight. It’s full steam ahead, though, so expect to see a lot more of it in 2018 as orgs begin to really employ emerging best practices to get IT executing with the same alacrity as startup dev teams.
- More container scalability options
The war for container scalability has already begun, and 2018 will no doubt see it escalate. While the initial answer to scale inside container environments was admirable, it was short term and doomed to be replaced. The good news is that the architectural design of container orchestration environments (COE) is magnificent and well-suited for supporting more mature approaches to scale. The service mesh will replace the default, IP table-based methods included with COE distributions as organizations put these environments into production and expose shortcomings of large-volume scale. And they are putting them into production, not only in the public cloud but in the data center. That’s evident in the rising demand for app services in a container form-factor we see in our latest survey.
- More IoT failures
One of the other data points from our State of Application Delivery 2018 (watch for it in January) that was interesting is the appearance of IoT in the “Top Six” strategic trends. It moved up to number six, displacing mobile applications and joining all the clouds. That (and some other data points I can’t share just yet) leads to the inescapable conclusion that there will likely be a lot more IoT being deployed. Sadly, that also likely means more IoT failures. Not just of the devices, themselves, which are often at risk of being conscripted into the growing Death Star-sized botnets, but of the applications that manage, monitor, and often control them. Emberlight was one of the latest proof points in this caveat emptor market, when it closed its doors (and shut down its apps), leaving its customers literally in the dark. Seriously, their smart sockets for light bulbs required a connected app that is no longer available.
So there you have it. Five take-to-the-bank predictions based on years of watching technology cycles wax and wane and the responses from over 3000 folks in the trenches (and some running the show).
With that, I’m signing off for the year, and we’ll catch you on the flip side in 2018. Have a wonderful holiday season, and a very Happy New Year!