It’s no secret that public cloud has grown exponentially in recent years, but what particularly excites me is the acceleration of Open source adoption too. The public cloud has freed businesses from their ties to proprietary software, and they are adopting open source technologies in unprecedented numbers. In fact, a recent survey by Aiven of enterprise developers found that 85% of companies said they were already using open source in their organization and over 90% of developers said open source will be part of their business in the future.
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Heikki Nousiainen is CTO and co-founder of Aïven.
Already this year we have seen exciting momentum across the industry. So what can we expect as we approach the second half of 2021? Here are my predictions:
Open source adoption has made great strides and will continue to accelerate
There is no doubt that open source software has made significant strides in the past year. In a desire to double security, Microsoft, Google, IBM and other technology leaders co-founded the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF). This intersectoral collaboration, organized by the Linux Foundation, will improve the security of open source software through targeted initiatives and the creation of best practices. Initial projects will focus on a range of issues, including vulnerability disclosures, security tools, and digital identity attestation.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the open source community responded quickly by disseminating data under the open model and creating dashboards and applications to track the progress of the virus. DP3T or decentralized privacy-preserving proximity tracing was designed in the open air to ensure the right balance between privacy and the effectiveness of contact tracing technology. Building on this technology, Apple and Google have collaborated in the fight against COVID-19 by providing a common API to enable the creation of standard applications by health authorities around the world. At the start of the pandemic, there was a wave of open hardware designs for ventilators and other critical equipment that were scarce.
Over the past year, the open source community has also turned its attention to the issue of climate change, an increasingly important issue that organizations and world leaders around the world are under increasing pressure to tackle. The Linux Foundation launched the LF Climate Finance Foundation, leveraging open source tools to increase funding for climate change solutions.
Following last year’s upward trajectory, we’ll continue to see an accelerated rate of open source adoption through the remainder of 2021. The truth is, the benefits outweigh the tough skills it takes to use. these technologies. There are still a large number of companies transitioning to the cloud, and open source will play an important role in this adoption as they move through digital transformations.
The cloud market will experience both transformation and disruption
It’s hard to talk about the cloud without mentioning some of the industry giants that power it. And in a year like 2021, that will be almost impossible. Forrester predicts that the global public cloud infrastructure market will explode in 2021, growing 35% and reaching $ 120 billion. At Aiven, we want to see if this estimate turns out to be too low due to the huge demand for using the public cloud, much of which can be attributed to the business agility benefits associated with cloud transformation.
It’s fair to assume that AWS, Azure, and GCP will dominate the market like never before, but we can’t wait to see what other challengers like IBM and OVH have to offer. While it may seem unlikely, it will be interesting to see if any of the major cloud providers follow IBM and separate their cloud service from the rest of the business.
The growth of the public cloud certainly goes hand in hand with a growing number of organizations stepping up their digital transformation strategies, with many companies relying on technologies that align well with cloud adoption. Likewise, I expect that we will see the growth of digital concepts and solutions such as IoT and containerization in various industries. The growth of IoT and smart devices will continue quickly in 2021, depending on where sensors can be placed and what kind of data can be collected and turned into additional information. As the world becomes more and more connected, we will also see a continued increase in demand for analytical capabilities.
Custom databases will be in high demand
Assault on The data in 2021 will reveal a vast need for tailor-made data base over the coming months. In particular, Time Series Databases (TSBDs) will be in high demand this year and will continue to be the fastest growing database segment throughout 2021. Although there are many space for several successful market entrants, we can also expect to see the adoption of common standards like OpenTelemetry develop in this space.
Managed services will be in greater demand than ever
As we have seen in recent years, the digitalization trend continues to reshape businesses and markets. The winners of this transformation are the most agile and adaptive organizations looking to take advantage of open source and cloud technology while avoiding the installation and maintenance burden that these solutions can bring. As a result, the demand for managed services will remain strong and will play a key role in allowing resources to focus on business critical tasks and development.
Consumers increasingly expect to be able to place orders or conduct business at any time of the day, putting pressure on maintaining service levels 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Managed open source vendors are meeting this challenge and will continue to help manage the greater amounts of data demanded by the data pilot industry.
Promising prospects for open source and the cloud in the coming months
Open source and cloud technologies are heading in an exciting direction. As the momentum builds behind open source, more resources will be devoted to important projects such as those overseen by the Open Source Security Foundation. There will also be a greater ability to harness the benefits of open source software to address the biggest challenges the world faces today, from pandemics to climate change.
With a host of benefits to offer businesses looking to become more agile and competitive, cloud and open source technologies will be a critical part of business recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies can choose the solutions that work best for them and their business goals; and the availability of managed service providers enables them to take advantage of the benefits of these solutions, without the associated costs of installation and maintenance.
We have already seen huge and accelerated growth to date in open source and the cloud. This will undoubtedly be a model that will continue throughout 2021 and beyond.