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Our predictions for 2018: the cloud, containers, DevOps and more

2017 was an exciting year for many people managing infrastructure and delivering software — from dealing with WannaCry to experimenting with or investing more in cloud or container infrastructure, and adopting DevOps practices.

And it was a great year for Puppet and organizations using Puppet, thanks in no small part to many of you.

But what will 2018 hold? Here are our predictions

scott coulton

"In 2018 I think we are going to see more distributed systems and applications, leading us to smaller units of applications. Container workloads will be the norm in production with Kubernetes reaching the masses, especially with the upcoming Windows support. The big technology to break through this year will be serverless, whether it is hosted by a cloud provider or on top a container orchestrator like OpenFaaS. This will allow business to be more agile now consumers are expecting features faster."

Scott Coulton, principal software engineer at Puppet (and a Docker Captain and the author of Puppet for Containerization)

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“This year I predict that we will see an unprecedented emphasis on both conversation and action around breaking silos. Business, development and operations teams will embrace organizational aspirations (collective over functional), and will come together to achieve them with a one-team mindset. This will happen not just at Puppet, but pervasively in our communities and beyond.”

Padmashree Koneti, senior director of product operations at Puppet


“2018 will be the year we find out about tradeoffs for microservices in a big way. I think we'll see a major company pulling back on microservices saying that managing hundreds of small services is more difficult than fewer. The gains for development are offset by operational costs, availability planning, etc. It won't be everybody, but we will see a rising in the anti-microservices movement this year.”


“The cryptocurrency/blockchain bubble will not burst in 2018. It will continue to rise. We may see great uses of blockchain technology that doesn't involve cryptocurrency by the end of the year.”

Michael Stahnke, director of site reliability engineering at Puppet

Larissa Lane

“As Windows support in automation tools improves, and the possibilities for automating Windows configurations grow, Linux and Windows teams will become more unified and better able to share resources and knowledge for managing their organization's infrastructure.”

Larissa Lane, principal product manager at Puppet

Omri Gazitt

“In the DevOps industry, our challenge is to build more scalable tools for those people to cope with even bigger levels of complexity and scale. Ten years ago, a typical server-to-sysadmin ratio was measured in the dozens or maybe the low hundreds for a really top-notch IT shop. Today, a lot of enterprises that have invested deeply in automation are getting to the point where they can run thousands of servers per human. In 2018, we’ll see more companies go through an evolution of scale and begin to adopt automation tools that can empower them to do that.”

Omri Gazitt, chief product officer at Puppet

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“In Europe, DevOps and Agile will move from grass-roots projects to holistic cross-organizational adoption, fueled by the dominance of digital disruption in business strategy for CEOs across Europe. It is clear that across industries and governments, it is time to disrupt or be disrupted! Digital transformation will require European CEOs to look at their CIOs and CDOs for not only technical innovation, but more importantly, agile and transformational leadership. I predict that 2018 will be a year of massive cultural transformation and agile is at the very heart of this!”

Marianne Calder, VP and MD of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Puppet

AlannaBrown Portrait

“2018 will be the year the broader tech community uses its vast talents and resources to create solutions that move us closer to achieving a more just and equitable world. No more tech for tech’s sake, no more eroding our moral high ground to increase shareholder value, and please, no more useless gadgets “that cost 10 times the average daily wage in much of the developing world”. We’ll find ways to democratize access to technology and distribute funding to entrepreneurial women and people of color.”

Alanna Brown, director of product marketing at Puppet (and a co-author of the State of DevOps Report)

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“In APJ, containers will become commonplace for dev/test work and production applications. We expect to see continued improvements in security, manageability, orchestration, monitoring, and debugging driven by innovation and adoption. Containers provide the building blocks for many of the trends driving IT transformation including microservices, cloud-native apps, serverless functions and DevOps.”

Darryl McKinnon, VP and MD of Asia Pacific and Japan at Puppet

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“In 2018, we will see more demands placed on the continuous delivery of changes to networking setups due to pressure from containerization, distributed systems, and security needs. Thus, networking must become as flexible and automation-friendly as the software that runs over it, and become less of a bottleneck.”

Nigel Kersten, chief technical strategist at Puppet (and a co-author of the State of DevOps Report)


"Empowering individual teams with more automation is fantastic; our research shows that it can help teams move faster, more reliably and with better results. 2018 will place more pressure upon company leaders to drive these changes. Doing things the way you’ve always done them, except a little bit faster. Soon that won’t be good enough.”

Deepak Giridharagopal, CTO and chief architect at Puppet

Lindsey Smith

“In 2018 we'll see more of what I call multi-cloud maturity. Organizations now have enough experience with public cloud to know what workloads belong where and why. They have data to inform which public clouds to use and when it makes sense to pull workloads back on-prem. And yes, your on-prem VMware deployment should be considered one of your cloud environments.”

Lindsey Smith, principal product manager at Puppet

What do you think will change in 2018? Share your predictions in the comments, or tweet them to @puppetize.

Kristina Psaris-Weis is a senior content marketing manager at Puppet.