Last year (2016), there was a phenomenal rise of container adoption by enterprises and more companies strengthened their offerings. This trend of security improvements, containerization, and merging are expected to continue in 2017 also.

For those who are unaware, Containers serve as an alternative to virtual machines and they help developers to work with identical dev environments and stacks. Containers also simplify DevOps by encouraging the use of stateless designs.

According to experts, 2016 set the stage for security improvements, containerization, and consolidation. Take a look at DevOps predictions for the year 2017.

Increased containerization

We saw the rapid growth of containers in 2016. Experts believe that the whole container ecosystem starts to consolidate as tools become more stable which eventually leads to more containerization.

Like the virtualization technology that facilitated enterprises get comfortable with virtual machines, there will be more container adoption by enterprises to run workloads on container platforms like AWS ECS, Kubernetes, etc.

Tool consolidation

According to experts, the DevOps tools market is ready for consolidation. This is mostly because of rising consumer demand and the vast number of companies out there. At present, the major challenge for integrating all the tools is the proliferation of DevOps tools.

To simplify the process of consolidation and adoption, consumers will pick only the best of tools and then try to build as much of their processes as possible around these tools. This will result in new tools that offer end-to-end functionality across the delivery cycle. Moreover, due to the growth of existing DevOps companies, there will be more acquisitions of smaller companies in 2017.

We have already seen consolidation in this space and also a number of DevOps companies have raised considerable capital, and they will be under pressure to get a return on that investment. Experts believe that this consolidation is essential in the tool market.

Enhanced security

According to experts, DevOps is the latest vulnerability for enterprises and in 2017, there will be security enhancement of DevOps process to ensure compliance.

Making security as a chief priority would be challenging, but if we fail to ensure security of DevOps, then 2017 may become the year of a major data breach caused by the improper DevOps approach

Collaboration of development, security, and operations

In 2016 there was a rise of security concerns, mainly with Docker's updates and in 2017 there will be unity of security, development, and operations. Considering the increasing strength and complexity of security attacks, and the potentially irreparable brand damage associated with security breaches, codes should be of highest security and deployed within powerful security architecture.

As SDKs and micro services evolve, integrating security features from the start will be easier for developers, without sacrificing the user experience.

Conclusion

Yet, when it comes to testing and deploying the code, experts suggest that security validation should be considered as a special case. This is mainly because the requirements of security-related code testing are unique and dynamic. It will probably involve experts which is not an essential part of the DevOps process.