DevOps Trends in 2021

2021 is going to be the year of groundbreaking latest DevOps trends changing the industry dynamic. The culture, practices, and outcomes of DevOps across organizations will continue to grow stronger. 

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Nitin Nijhawan, CDO
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With the IT world evolving at lightning speed, DevOps is not just limited to being an agile framework connecting developers and operators. We can expect to see more new DevOps trends maturing in 2021 and the years to come, and the same have been discussed below

How DevOps Culture Is Evolving In 2021?

2021 DevOps is so much more than just Dev and Ops. Companies are realizing the true potential of DevOps by integrating end-to-end automation driven by continuous delivery practices. 

The human element of DevOps will get more attention with user experience, a differentiating element of software-driven products. Organizations will also be hunting for new tools to allow the monitoring and measuring functions to be performed remotely.

Key Trends and Predictions To Watch For DevOps In 2021

  1. Cloud-Native Infrastructure.

The last few years have been dominated by the trend of cloud migration. Consequently, enterprises are adopting cloud-native infrastructure (developed through DevOps automation tools) to support cloud setups.

The Worldwide Developer and DevOps 2021 prediction report shows a two-fold increase in the acceleration rate for cloud migration by the end of 2021.

  1. Edge Computing.

The year 2020 showed organizations leveraging the Cloud and DevOps tools for business continuity during the pandemic. This accelerated an upward trend in edge computing, which is predicted to continue in 2021. 

Edge computing is helping businesses meet the DevOps goals of velocity and quality, quickly respond to challenges, and grant more flexibility to people.

  1. Hybrid Work Model.

The end of 2020 brought most companies to the realization that remote work is not a temporary thing. Hence, there arises a need to create a type of hybrid work model that allows the presently dispersed workforce to continue to work in a flexible schedule. 

We’ve seen a significant percentage of companies having some kind of hybrid structure in place for their workforce.

  1. Self-Service.

In one of the recent State of DevOps reports by the company Puppet. It is reported that self-service for developers is improving. Self-serve capabilities can help your already maturing DevOps practices gather even stronger momentum. 

It is noteworthy that self-service capabilities are integrated into several DevOps practices, such as CI/CD workflows, deployment patterns, monitoring and alerting, audit logging, and more.

  1. Lowering Internal Platform Usage.

Many companies rely on multiple self-service internal platforms, which tend to be bulky and lack standardization. As a result, code from multiple platforms cannot be as lean and automated as required. 

Instead of investing precious time and skills to standardize them, reducing the dependency on self-service developer platforms is a practical solution for companies aiming to mature their DevOps.

  1. Autonomous IT.

The adoption of automation in DevTestOps (DevOps and Continuous Testing) will gain rapid traction in 2021. For your business to benefit from this trend, not only should you automate the entire DevOps pipeline but also integrate AI and ML technologies.

The ML-powered delivery lifecycle helps identify blockages or capacity issues and mitigate problems immediately. AI-driven predictive analytics makes the DevOps pipeline efficient in anticipating problems and providing solutions.

  1. Collaborating For Security.

The pandemic reinforced the fact that a company’s well-being depends on strong teams. So far, the culture of collaboration has emphasized the working together of development and operations teams. 

2021 will see the expansion of DevOps to DevSecOps (development, security, and operations), bringing security into the fold. This will ensure timely detection and resolution of vulnerabilities across all operations. 

  1. The Shift to Microservice.

Migrating from monolithic to microservice and containerized architecture will be an inevitable step toward digital transformation. As a result, the adoption of open-source systems like Kubernetes for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications will accelerate. 

Terraform is expected to become the first choice for companies adopting multi-cloud to automate infrastructure.

  1. Becoming Serverless.

2021 will see a rise in the migration to serverless architecture or resources. Live loads on serverless will transcend containers and orchestration. 

The existing pay-per-use framework will transform into a pay-only-when-you-use model. The contrast between the two can be observed when running k8s pod-based microservice is compared with running the same microservice on serverless.

  1. NoOps.

2021 will bring more managed services. This will reduce DevOps operations and OPEX in customers. More serverless apps and serverless services are expected to emerge, like Amazon S3, Aurora Serverless, Fargate, and serverless static websites. More cloud-native features will be ported to data centers, like Knative.


The 2021 DevOps trends will encourage many companies to set and achieve their DevOps goals. VLink can help you capitalize on DevOps trends, helping you automate your release process, improve time to market, and reduce errors. We offer cloud-native and DevOps solutions, containerization strategy and architecture, and monitoring and production support.

Our team can also help you with scalable frameworks for hybrid cloud architectures and application modernization, fixes, and feature updates. Find out how we can deliver a secure, agile development process to work for your organization. Contact us!

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