KubeCon 2022: Key Trends Include WebAssembly, FinOps, and Security

C. Dunlap Research Director

Summary Bullets:

• WebAssembly is the industry’s latest buzzword, but with some substance for its ability to disrupt coding in modern web browsers.

• Not surprisingly, important themes including security, observability, and FinOps continued to dominate the conference and digitization initiatives in general.

The rising use of Kubernetes as enterprises strive for app modernization continues to drive advancements in emerging DevOps technologies. During the 2022 Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) conference, KubeCon, key technology themes included observability, application security, and FinOps (not surprisingly). Newer technologies such as WebAssembly caused a stir among show attendees.

Following is a recap of these themes. For a deeper dive into the technologies and participants, please see: “KubeCon 2022: Rise of Kubernetes Drives New Cost Management, Monitoring, and Security Methods,” November 4, 2022.

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Intelligent Automation Updates Address FinOps, Consolidated Data Platforms

C. Dunlap Research Director

Summary Bullets:

• Resource management/FinOps to enhance automation solutions

• Emerging data platforms consolidate app platforms to improve digitization opportunity, CX, and worker efficiency

Intelligent automation innovations continue to demonstrate to enterprises the benefits of the cloud’s value-chain. This is most recently being addressed via improved insights and management of cloud resources, increased worker efficiency by shifting to digital documentation and driving workflow automation and enhancing the CX through more meaningful and real-time data access.

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Now Robotics is Getting Interesting via Siri-like NLP Capabilities

C. Dunlap
Research Director

Summary Bullets:

• Natural language processing (NLP) market heats up under robotic process automation (RPA) integrations

• UiPath steps up its NLP play via acquisition

RPA vendors are adopting NLP technology at a rapid pace in response to enterprises’ stepped-up transformation efforts.

This week RPA vendor UiPath acquired AI pureplay Re:infer to help bolster UiPath’s native NLP capabilities. The start-up’s strengths are in transforming unstructured information from documents and communications into structured data, to be analyzed and integrated into broader automated workflows. Continue reading “Now Robotics is Getting Interesting via Siri-like NLP Capabilities”

DevSecOps is Now Ops’ Greatest Digitization Challenge

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • DevSecOps’ barriers to adoption include culture clashes between teams and technical challenges.
  • Emerging tools are beginning to appear among traditional platform providers and startups.

The move to microservices-based apps has unleashed a flood of new DevOps and GitOps platforms in recent months aimed at helping enterprise operations and developer teams create continuous integration and continuous development pipelines for streamlining the deployment of advanced apps within complex processes. Efforts to spin off new app architectures, including Kubernetes clusters, require configurations between networking, security, and provisioning of computing. This need involves the developer as part of a ‘shift left and GitOps’ movement taking place over the past 18 months, spurred by the need to automate continuous delivery and operations of apps and infrastructure. However, progress toward this effort has been slow.

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MuleSoft Conference Touted Integration but Downplayed API Security

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • MuleSoft Connect delivered on Dreamforce promises made in late-2021.
  • MuleSoft executives missed the opportunity to provide thought leadership on API security and DevSecOps.

Salesforce’s notable integration business, MuleSoft, used its annual conference this week to deliver on the general availability of its Dreamforce announcements made in late-2021. While this week’s recap around intelligent automation, robotic process automation (RPA), pre-built connectors/accelerators, low-code, and collaboration was short on new technical updates, the company achieved its purpose of highlighting the importance of MuleSoft’s highly coveted integration and application programming interface (API) management technology for helping global companies, big and small, accomplish digitization.

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Cisco DevOps Tools Tackle Ops’ Pain Points

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • New Cisco DevOps tools build on initial API management innovations.
  • Installing a qualified head of ET&I indicates a serious DevOps strategy.

Cisco used last week’s KubeCon as the stage to build out its DevOps portfolio, stemming from its Emerging Technology and Incubation (ET&I) business unit.  The three product announcements address customers’ ongoing digitization challenges around service mesh, security, and modern monitoring. Continue reading “Cisco DevOps Tools Tackle Ops’ Pain Points”

Red Hat Summit: Ansible’s Growing Prominence

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:             

  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is growing in prominence within OpenShift and the industry in general
  • Ansible’s popularity has prompted a new round of key partnerships to expand OpenShift’s ecosystem

Red Hat Ansible has matured into a shining star, not only among OpenShift’s portfolio, but the industry in general for its ability to abstract the complexity of building and operating IT automation at scale as part of enterprises’ business transformations.

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AWS Empowers Frontend Developers with Backend Provisioning, but Low-Code Strategy Remains Vague

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • AWS Amplify Studio provides frontend developers with greater automation and scalability/serverless access.
  • AWS lacks a broader low-code platform strategy to take on Microsoft, Google, and others.

AWS signaled the general availability of Amplify Studio in a somewhat low-key announcement at this week’s AWS Summit conference held in San Francisco. But to the hundreds of thousands of frontend developers of AWS web and mobile apps who are increasingly tasked with creating full-stack applications, the news and updates are significant. Continue reading “AWS Empowers Frontend Developers with Backend Provisioning, but Low-Code Strategy Remains Vague”

IT and Software Professional Shortage Becomes More Dire in Ukraine Conflict

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • The conflict between Russia and Ukraine intensifies the global IT and software professional shortage, which is problematic for enterprises looking to accelerate app modernization efforts.
  • Vendor recommendations for addressing the shortage include large-scale partnerships and consolidated off-the-shelf solutions requiring minimal expertise.

The Ukraine crisis has made a serious global IT professional shortage even more severe.  For an industry already sorely lacking in software developers, engineers, and SREs, the war between Ukraine and Russia has magnified the situation. Continue reading “IT and Software Professional Shortage Becomes More Dire in Ukraine Conflict”

As Cloud Giants Prep DevOps Solutions, Disruptors Offer Alternatives

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • New DevOps tools help fill out CICD pipelines, which improve efficiency and reduce costs.
  • StormForge added ML models to its observability and resource management portfolio this week.

A new breed of DevOps platform providers are receiving newfound attention among IT operations teams for their ability to improve efficiency and reduce costs associated with deploying modern application architectures into production throughout multi-cloud environments, all while ensuring continuous delivery capabilities. Continue reading “As Cloud Giants Prep DevOps Solutions, Disruptors Offer Alternatives”