IT Ops Trends: Cloud, Containers and COVID

Almost all companies are modernizing their IT infrastructure to remain competitive, with a strong focus on moving to the cloud and using dynamic infrastructures. In a recent survey on trends in IT Ops 2021, more than 160 IT professionals were asked how implementing IT strategies affects their daily work. The results provided a great insight into the current business priorities of System Administrators and IT Ops in general.

According to the survey, most officials believe that monitoring the cloud environment (79%) and container (73%) will take a more or more important role for them in the future. Additionally, 59% of those surveyed agreed that their job role has evolved over the years due to cloud computing and containerization.

Not all IT teams are created equal

However, the data also shows that the changes do not affect every IT team equally. For example, 37% of all respondents said that cloud solutions are not relevant – or least relevant to them on a daily basis. This response shows that, on the other hand, system administrators see cloud computing as a primary topic. However, on the other hand, not every official feels the influence in practice to the same degree. These responses show that not every administrator has to deal with cloud platforms on a day-to-day basis, as some are “isolated” in dedicated teams that may not interact with the company’s broader cloud strategy. Additionally, not every organization is fully committed to the cloud, with some finding that their migration was hampered by applications that were not suitable for migrating to the cloud.

In the survey, 45% of respondents also said they believed that the importance of monitoring physical infrastructure would not change in the next few years. However, 43% believe that monitoring physical systems will become more or more important. Conversely, only 1% responded that they think monitoring of physical infrastructure is less important.

Taken together, these responses demonstrate that despite the excitement around the cloud, many organizations are taking a hybrid approach to infrastructure. IT Administrators and Administrators understand the importance of monitoring cloud systems and dynamic assets, and at the same time, monitoring of on-premises systems remains relevant or even expected to gain importance.

Network management and automation

Cloud and containers enable faster growth of IT environments and enhance digitization. However, they also lead to a sharp increase in data traffic and an increase in the complexity of systems networks. As a result of these changes, the demand for local area networks is increasing. This growing demand illustrates the importance of network management tools. 81% of respondents said that solutions in this area are appropriate or relevant to them in their daily work.

This year, the move to a home office joined the trend toward migration to the cloud, containers, and network monitoring. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many IT departments have had to adapt their infrastructure to allow employees to work from home offices. However, most administrators were relatively stress-free, with 54% of them saying they had no problem adapting the infrastructure to meet the requirements of remote work.

Automation is also a major issue. For example, 81% of all respondents said that projects offering deployment and configuration automation have been relevant to their organization within the past 12 months. Additionally, 92% say automation tools are relevant or closely related to them on a daily basis.

The cloud, containers and COVID

The IT Ops 2021 Trends Survey shows that system administrators are interested in cloud computing, containers, and many other topics. In addition, most administrators are aware of the increasing importance of monitoring cloud environments and containers. However, officials still see monitoring networks and other physical infrastructure assets as critical, and some system administrators see increased importance in monitoring this critical area.

In addition to the topics described here, respondents also provided feedback on topics such as virtualization, application performance monitoring, and network management.

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