From visibility solutions to deep packet inspection, market demands on public cloud and data centers continue to evolve.
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Tl;dr 2020 is upon us. We close out the last decade and welcome the new with these top five security and DevOps resolutions for the year ahead:
- Go all in with Kubernetes
- Enable your edge
- Open your door to DevSecOps Open source
- Embrace better innovation from outside your established vendors
- Set up your cloud lab
As we close out 2019, it’s clear cloud computing won the decade as “most-advanced and useful enterprise technology.” When enterprise IT leaders finally began seeing scale, efficiency and cost-reduction results in migrating mission critical resources to their cloud environments, use rates of AWS and Azure soared.
So what’s next? In our conversations with security pros, cloud architects and IT leaders, we gleaned the following five cloud resolutions they claim they’re focused on in the coming year:
- Go all in on Kubernetes. Google GKE, Microsoft AKS and AWS EKS has made container orchestration the next “it.” To run containers efficiently, more companies are increasingly using container orchestration. In the 2019 Container Adoption Survey, a whopping 87 percent of respondents said they are now running container technologies, up from 55 percent in 2017. Kubernetes has quickly become the fabric that enables the big three public cloud providers to extend applications across disparate cloud infrastructure. What’s more, the vast majority of enterprises now run private cloud environments. Kubernetes simplifies software in the cloud and makes offerings that were unimaginable just a year ago totally real today. The multi-cloud world enables workloads to span each cloud with ease and allows cloud service providers to create neutral zones to ensure their customers can make their multi-cloud environments work seamlessly. For more stats on Kubernetes reach and adoption, take a look at this article hosted by The Enterprisers Project.
- Enable the edge. The most unique result of cloud computing is that most enterprises rely on the infrastructure, hosting, machine learning, and compute power of just a few cloud providers. As growth machines, cloud providers have determined that the next big play is edge computing – computing at the source of the data rather than at one of a dozen data centers. In short, the cloud is coming to you.
Organizations want to eliminate latency (a common problem with man in the middle architectures). Edge computing reduces latency to deliver a sustainable infrastructure that meets business demands. And, while the compute resources are distributed, users can manage it centrally, applying encryption and security best practices for peace of mind. Edge computing will open new architectures that let companies lower cloud computing costs while managing and accessing data with a feverish pace.
- Open doors to open source. An increasing number of organizations have integrated open source solutions into their IT operations and many are willing contributors to open source projects. Why? Because open source is perfectly designed for cloud ecosystems and it lets each organization hand-craft their own DevSecOps tool sets. The growing number of open source security and DevOps tools (Wireshark, Zeek, Suricata, etc.) will continue to drive open source adoption. These tools enhance both accessibility and speed - allowing IT to more closely monitor cloud architectures when and where they want to – keeping them safe and secure while enabling them to run as efficiently as possible. As more and more resources are moved to cloud environments, open source will play a critical role in innovation.
- Embrace better innovations from outside the established vendors. Enterprise IT organizations typically work with a small, core group of vendors/suppliers who deliver solutions for initiatives like cloud security. But, at the speed the cloud moves, IT leaders must keep open minds to stay ahead of new challenges and seize new opportunities. Small innovators who create solutions that solve emerging problems help companies stay flexible, move at the speed of business, and operate more efficiently. Attempts by big solution providers to cobble together solutions don’t always meet the enterprise’s IT needs. Don’t let new cloud computing demands go unmet. In 2020 look to emerging technology providers for innovation and answers.
- Set up a cloud lab to test innovation within your cloud subscription. What is a cloud lab? It’s a platform that enables users to rapidly configure and access a real-life environment with a technology stack and compute power – all within the cloud subscription of your choice. Best of all, it’s low cost, fast and easy to set up! For example, Google Cloud Test Lab provides cloud-based infrastructure for testing Android apps. Nubeva has made available a fully functional open source AWS test lab through our new Cloud Tools cloud formation templates. The all-in-one lab is ready to go with Zeek, Suricata, Wireshark, Moloch, ntoppg all configured for AWS. You can use these with or without Nubeva TLS Decrypt to get packet level, decrypted visibility for all these open source tools. With one operation, users can initiate testing of their apps across a variety of devices and device configurations and get results including logs, videos, and screenshots. Testbeds have always played a pivotal role in developing your network and the cloud shouldn’t change your approach.
2020 and the rest of the next decade will continue to deliver new and amazing innovations in the cloud, in the data center and in our lives. We cannot wait!