In this ESG Video Blog, ESG's Edwin Yuen talks about his expectations for Systems Management, PaaS, and DevOps in 2017.
Hi, I'm Edwin Yuen, analyst for systems management, PaaS and DevOps. Today I wanna go over my predictions for the changes in all three of those areas in 2017. We've certainly seen a lot of growth and change in 2016, and I think that 2017 will be a very exciting year all around.
First, I wanna cover systems management. Systems management today is at the heart of the discussion around hybrid cloud. Making a determination of what is hybrid cloud and how it actually works is something I think will become a big theme in 2017. Within that, there was the concept of common management hybrid cloud, where a common systems management layer manages systems that span disparate cloud environments. For common management hybrid cloud, we started to see a real divergence in approaches in the past couple years.
On one hand, we have the traditional systems management vendors like Microsoft, VMware, HP, and Oracle, who are adding features to their on-premises systems to reach into the cloud. And on the other hand, we have the new cloud-borne tools like ServiceNow, Scalar, and others. What I see in 2017 is that, while both sides will continue to position themselves as full solutions, we're likely to see even greater divergence in approaches as traditional vendors attempt to build on their infrastructure strength and cloud-born vendors focus on the emerging cloud native and public cloud-based management needs. Systems management vendors need to differentiate themselves from other management solutions. And simply integrating either more cloud management up or more infrastructure management down, depending on their approach, is not enough anymore. I think we'll see more vendors follow Microsoft's approach, which is to have both a traditional and a cloud native management solution. But in the end, don't expect to see a true convergence in capabilities in systems management in 2017.
As for Paas or Platform as a Service, we have certainly seen a maturation in offerings available in the public cloud. But 2017 is gonna be a year where we see the future of Paas on-premises decided. There was certainly an expectation that 2016, with solutions such as Cloud Foundry, Eucalyptus, and OpenShift, would have expanded cloud on-premises or PaaS on-premises greatly in enterprises, and that didn't really happen. There were a number of factors that led to this, including the slower than expected growth in the market, vendor issues in supporting some of the products, and the rise of containers as an alternative solutions to what many thought as a VM versus new PaaS app choice. 2017 will be the year we define what the future of Paas on-prem will be. We'll continue to see demand for such solutions, for offerings such as Cloud Foundry distributions and Bluemix Local. We'll also see the growth of new solutions like Microsoft's Azure Stack, which offers an Azure compatible PaaS solution, integrated with local hardware as a total solution. I think that the pressures of the PaaS on-prem market felt in 2016, have strengthened the solutions that are still in market, now will help the whole market solidify in 2017.
Finally in terms of DevOps, I think 2017 is the year where enterprises will make the organizational shift to support DevOps. Especially for those who are really just starting to fully adopt Agile in the first place. First, there's still the shift from conceptual to operational movement for organizations. DevOps needs to be more than just Agile V2, and organizations still need to focus on implementing rapid application development principles, throughout the application development process. Second, as more and more companies adopt Agile and DevOps, there will need to be a balance in working with more traditional style developers, into the newer development models, while still integrating those developers who are not only well versed in Agile and DevOps, but essentially require it because they have never worked otherwise. Thus it's not just a shift from one model to another, but how to bring everybody together. That organizational shift will occur in 2017, and DevOps will become more an operational reality, especially for enterprises with a long history of traditional development.
I hope you enjoy these 2017 predictions, and I'm extremely excited to watch the year unfold.