It would be collaboration. And if I had to pick a second word, it would be convergence.
Collaboration in 2019 is a welcome outcome driven by the pervasive adoption of technologies that fuel convergence. In the same collaborative vein, I'm going to be a network of Red Hat chief architects and chief strategists for each of their 2019 enterprise technology predictions. Join me as I outline the role of convergence and collaboration in 2019.
"In 2019, we will see increased convergence of the container and cloud / edge / IoT space. Containers will become a dominant workload packaging format and (along with Kubernetes) the execution model providing uniformity across the cloud / edge and even some IoT devices, "says Red Hat chief architect Matt Smith.
"Adding to be used as a container for the use of containers as the means to do automated deployments of the infrastructure," adds Atif Chaughtai, Red Hat's chief technologist for healthcare.
And therein lies the point. No contribution to the underlying infrastructure, the adoption of the container platform. Technology does not need to be the barrier for enterprise collaboration.
"Edge computing gained a lot of interest in 2018." It was a lot of hype about what it is and what it can do, "says Red Hat chief architect Azhar Sayeed. "2019 will begin to introduce some deployments of edge computing for low-latency applications in IoT such as smart vehicles (cars, trucks, and trains) in pockets or controlled environments. Additionally, this year will mark some experiences with immersion applications such as gaming, AR, VR, and holographic presence and calling. "
Enterprises will containerize the integration layers of their organizations, with special focus on API management.
Chaughtai notes, "For such deployments to be effective – and 'smart' – integration is key. Container platform design patterns are going to mimic of traditional enterprise integration technologies that were built on OSGI containers concept. "
Red Hat Chief technology strategist Mike Cardy agrees: "In order to accelerate business speed and agility, enterprises will containerize the integration layers of their organizations, with special focus on API management. Why just applications? Integration can be innovated too! "Amen to that, Mike.
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"You can talk to the environment where the workloads are deployed," says Red Hat enterprise architect Tarek Abdelsalam. As in the public cloud versus which ones do not. In this IDC survey, 400 IT decision-makers said their organization has migrated either applications or data that were primarily part of a public cloud environment to an on-premise or private cloud solution in the last year. "
The number-one reason for this repatriation? Security. ROI on the cloud is challenging, which could also be set in motion the reversal of the cloud to some organizations.
So, where is the technology convergence? This ability to innovate with containers is not where you are spawned open enterprise-grade, secure platforms that orchestrate, automate, and manage container workloads across all of these environments. And thanks to the convergence of such platforms, enterprises are poised to collaborate, with a freedom of choice to deploy the workloads where they want. Location transparency allows enterprises to collaborate regardless of where they are running.
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