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Digital transformation initiatives accelerated as a response to the dynamic shifts in the market and the pursuant rising customer demands. Digital transformation became the enabler of business continuity in the wake of a global pandemic and consequently, the software development world responded by driving DevOps adoption to roll out software products/solutions/systems faster. DevOps gained great traction over the past two years as it streamlined remote collaboration and facilitated agile development practices.

DevOps today is no longer a buzzword as organizations realize its power and prominent emphasis on continuous improvements. While the DevOps community has matured and has optimized the development and deployment process, the methodology continues to be influenced by market shifts, customer demands, and technology maturity and works towards improving productivity, speed of development, and quality of products.

In 2022, here are some of the DevOps latest trends that you just cannot ignore.

Navigating the security minefield with DevSecOps

As the workplace adopts a hybrid avatar, the organizational need for a more secure supply chain no longer remains an option. It has become clear that security needs to shift left and cannot be added on as an afterthought. It has to be injected into every layer as secure code to detect and mitigate vulnerabilities faster.

Developing DevSecOps capabilities thus become a focal point this year. With DevSecOps, it becomes possible to integrate security as an important element into the DevOps framework. With DevSecOps, developers can remediate security defects during development phases, improving the speed of delivery and quality.

The rise of DevSecOps also means that security teams will be spending less time in manual audits. As such, we can expect a plethora of DevSecOps tooling and point solutions to get consolidated into single platforms.

DevSecOps will also gain momentum this year as supply chain attacks increase and Infrastructure-as-a-Code gains momentum.

Continuing the Cloud walk Using DevOps as Software

The cloud has established itself as an essential technology in the enterprise technology ecosystem. Organizations had been accelerating their cloud adoption initiatives even before the pandemic struck and were identifying ways to adopt a more cloud-centric infrastructure to support cloud-centric applications and workflows.

The cloud will continue to be an important technology for DevOps as software products are now becoming cloud-native. That apart, the cloud is also enabling the Infrastructure-as-a-Code model that allows developers to develop and control the application development infrastructure through code. This approach is geared to accelerate the speed of development while also improving data security.

Serverless computing is also gaining traction in the DevOps circuit. While Serverless computing has been around for some time now, enterprises were initially hesitant towards jumping aboard this ship for fears of low RoI and limited industry support.

Serverless is now rising in prominence in DevOps as it facilitates the operational part of DevOps. It helps teams reduce maintenance needs and enables them to deliver a greater focus on development tasks. As such, rolling out patches, updates and new versions becomes faster.

Serverless increases efficiency and reliability and eases off the burden of infrastructure management. It also reduces the maintenance needs associated with traditional frameworks. As products supporting and easing serverless adoption increase, it will only be a matter of time starting now that serverless will become an implementation detail that allows automated routing of operational tasks while also providing inherent scalability and reliability.

DevOps and Microservices- Grabs Attention

Along with serverless, DevOps will also move towards adopting microservices. Microservices break down applications into individual units and give teams greater flexibility to collaborate and develop applications.

Microservices also give developers access to a wide range of tools in a language and database-agnostic manner and completely remove the chains confining traditional development.

The wide tools ecosystem contributes to developer agility and velocity and gives them the ultimate flexibility to scale each segment of the application based on business conditions instead of working on the entire application.

The container push

DevOps will also be looking at containerized deployments to get greater control over applications. Containerized deployments enable frictionless business transition between two environments and ensure high application and services availability.

Kubernetes adoption, as such, is expected to take off in 2022 to enable container orchestration. Kubernetes is emerging as a tool to guarantee continuous delivery while keeping the development agile and settling the contradictions across different platforms.
In 2022 Kubernetes will evolve from organizations treating it as almost pure ‘ops’ capability to becoming more of an app capability where it is owned jointly by the software and DevOps engineers.

The Rise of GitOps

DevOps will also be looking more actively towards GitOps to facilitate continuous delivery. GitOps ensures better deployment, monitoring, and management by consolidating these activities in one place.

It also becomes important to pay attention to GitOps as cloud-native applications increase in numbers and developers look for ways to enhance developer experience in managing applications.

GitOps speeds up the development process and enables teams to make updates faster. It also adds additional security in the entire environment for making changes and ensures that complex applications running on Kubernetes do not face vulnerabilities.

While advancing DevOps capabilities seems non-negotiable, perhaps the most important recommendation would be to identify the right product development, technology, and security partners to streamline development efforts and deliver robust solutions and software products. With the hybrid work environment becoming a mainstay, the focus on security while delivering highly usable products, fast will become critical for business success.

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