Parallel to other sectors within IT, the DevOps domain continues to boom. I am proud to recruit across the DevOps scene across Australia.

I love keeping across new trends, and insights that can assist my community – both from a client and candidate perspective. I have collated five topics of discussion that regularly surface in my meetings with clients, that I have found interesting discussion points so far this year:
 
1. Container Adoption Leading DevOps Strategy
 
One of the factors contributing to the rise of DevOps is the growing use of container technologies. Containers are lightweight, self-contained environments that make it easier to host and manage web applications. It’s made to be fast, productive, and dependable. 
By 2023, it is expected 70% of companies to run two or more containerized applications. The use of Kubernetes and container-native services for networking, storage, and security will continue to rise.
 
Agility and speed will be required as applications become more complex. Containers are the best way to build applications that are scalable, change quickly to add new features, and solve customer issues to gain a competitive advantage. As more apps are developed and changes occur more rapidly, DevOps will have to deal with data delays. In the cloud, customers are looking for suitable platforms that can help them resolve their issues. 

2. Automation
 
Automation is nothing new to the DevOps community but being good at automation does not mean that an organization is good at DevOps.
 
According to the Puppet 2021 State of DevOps report, highly evolved firms are far more likely to have implemented extensive automation, with 90% of respondents with highly evolved DevOps practices reporting that their teams have automated most of their repetitive tasks.
 
3. Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
 
This is an already existing practice that is gaining traction at an impressive pace. It essentially involves altering the infrastructure via coding and software development techniques. Owing to the cloud’s API-driven model, engineers can treat infrastructure in the same way that they treat application codes. This facilitates automation like no other by turning all servers, networks, databases, and storage into readable and modifiable code.
Why is this practice critical today?
 
More and more businesses are now looking to scale out to the cloud to better store and leverage the influx of data at hand. The best part is that with automation and cloud technology, it is quite easy to recover the lost data, while also staying at the top of all the key metrics to measure performance. Infrastructure and servers, when controlled by codes, can be quickly deployed or updated with the latest patches and versions.
 
4.  FinOps
 
FinOps, as a cultural shift like DevOps, is challenging organisations to better manage their development costs and implement the right solutions across the organisation. By building a cross-functional team that closely monitors spending and utilizing innovative cloud governing platforms, organisations increase the visibility of their costs and metrics so that they can make smarter decisions. This enables organisations to apply best practices in cost optimization, whether it is capacity planning, sizing correctly, or negotiating mandatory use discounts. This contributes to the measurement of not only costs but also the use of resources, which makes the organization more efficient and flexible in what they do, after all.
 
5.  Kubernetes Operations framework
 
Containers are now widely used. According to reports 53% of organisations use Docker, and 21% plan to use it. 48% use Kubernetes, a Docker-based container orchestration solution, and another 25% plan to use it. Many organisations also opt for a container as a service offering from public cloud providers. The AWS Container Service (ECS/EKS) is widespread, with 51% using it and another 23% intending to use it. The Kubernetes Operator platform provides Kubernetes with custom resources that can manage applications and their components. The goal is for IT operation specialists to work like users when managing application services.
 
Operation engineers complete lots of repetitive tasks that take much time and energy, such as deploying an application, creating and restoring backups of application states, and simulating the failure of all or part of the cluster to verify its resilience. The operation-centered framework is designed to automate these repetitive tasks so engineers can focus on more important work.
 
In conclusion, it’s clear that the DevOps marketplace is thriving, and will continue to do so year after year, so, if you are interested in taking the next steps in your career within DevOps, then please feel free reach out to me at:
 
thomas.s@circuitrec.com.au
 

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