2023 Predictions in DevOps Include Integrated Serverless Deployment Options

C. Dunlap
Research Director

Summary Bullets:

• Increased AI/automation advancements and developer accessibility will escalate in the new year

• The industry will experience a newfound prioritization of DevOps based on technologies which remove obstructions hindering modern app deployments.

• Developers will have access to integrated serverless app deployment options via key platform services

GlobalData’s 2023 cloud predictions revolve around DevOps breakthroughs, providing unprecedented developer access to advanced platforms. The new year will present a technology era which enables high-speed application development and delivery, based on breakthrough innovations which eliminate obstructions hindering deployment of modern apps. GlobalData’s cloud predictions include:

• Increased AI automation and accessibility will significantly escalate in the new year, playing a greater role in easing next-generation app development capabilities among developers and DevOps teams. Ground-breaking new AI chatbots achievements based on large language models (ChatGPT) will significantly ease developers’ cumbersome coding requirements by automating the writing/converting of scripting, particularly programming languages developers are unfamiliar with. The new ChatGPT technology is similar to other recent AI breakthroughs including AI-generated art programs, such as DALL-E 2 and Midjourney, and the possibilities are staggering. Based merely on simple text descriptions, the AI image generators can produce elaborate works of art in the form of extremely realistic images.

• Game-changing developer tools, including WebAssembly, will leverage traditional web browser technology to create new uses with containers and Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS). Also called Wasm, WebAssembly supports multiple programming languages such as C/C++/C#, Python, Rust, Go, and Swift, offering developers an entirely new realm in which to write code. It supports high levels of security and is designed to support high-performance applications. The new technology is able to provide more robust cloud management of apps at scale on the same cloud infrastructure.

• Developers will have access to integrated serverless app deployment options through key services including database management and app development tools, paving the way for serverless computing to be paired with event-driven architectures. Since it’s rollout a few years ago, serverless computing hasn’t lived up to expectations for several reasons. These include platform constraints, limiting app use cases, and a problematic underlying architecture which does not always adhere to straightforward implementation of apps. In recent months, providers have worked through some of those issues, including abstracting scalability configuration requirements.

For further details on these and other cloud predictions and technologies, please see 2023 Predictions for the Enterprise Cloud Computing, December 29, 2022.

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