Top DevOps tools to watch out for in 2024

DevOps is growing at breakneck speed, leaving managers and developers
wondering “what next?
”. These are the hottest DevOps to watch out for.

It wasn’t that long ago that those in Development had a very hard time figuring out what was going on inside the Operations department. You might be struggling with the same issue yourself. After all, until recently no one had quite figured out how to work differently without creating more problems than they solved. That is, until DevOps came along. 

In 2009, Patrick Debois coined the term after watching a lecture with the prescient name: “10+ Deploys a Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr”. He reckoned the lecture wasn’t about a process, a technology, or a standard. What was especially tantalizing was the combination of “development” and “operations,” – hence the name “DevOps” – which amounted to a whole new way of working, in what has since been dubbed as a new organizational culture. 

By adopting a DevOps culture, with its underlying practices and tools, early adopters like PayPal, Intel or Facebook gained the ability to respond better to customer needs, increased confidence in the applications they created, and achieved business objectives faster. After years of iterations, DevOps’s goals remained mostly unchanged: deliver better, more reliable products. 

Fast forward to 2023 and the global market value of DevOps has reached 10.85 billion dollars. Forecasts predict the DevOps market to have a steep increase to around 24 billion dollars over the next four years. After such breakneck growth, it is worth asking the multi-billion dollar question: where is DevOps headed? 

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a set of principles, strategies, and work philosophies that focus on a streamlined communication and collaboration between the development team (Devs) and the operations team (Ops) in a business. It was influenced by several software development and management methodologies, like Agile, Lean, and Extreme Programming (XP) 

Top DevOps tools to watch out for 

From its early days until right now, this transformative approach to software development and IT has evolved, improved, and shaped the technology landscape. What about from now on? The answer might well be within these key DevOps tools. 

Containerization tools

Containers are lightweight, standalone, and executable packages that contain everything needed to run a piece of software, such as code, runtime, libraries, and system tools. Containers make it easier to develop, test, and deploy applications.  

That being said, one of the containerization DevOps tools for 2024 to keep an eye on is definitely Docker. Docker is a popular container-based platform for developing, packaging, and running applications within containers. It allows you to test apps locally before deploying to your preferred environment.  

There are plenty of other very relevant tools in the Containerization space, but few more than Kubernetes. With a laser focus on automating the deployment and scaling, it is currently the leading tool in this category, acclaimed left and right for its support of hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.  

Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD)

Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) tools automate and streamline the software development pipeline, from code integration to deployment. CI/CD tools speed up release cycles by ensuring that code changes are integrated, tested, and delivered, resulting in more reliable software. 

The names to keep in mind are Jenkins, a Java-based tool now compatible with a range of plugins that extend its use to other languages, and GitLab CI/CD, a tool integrated in the end-to-end DevOps GitLab platform. 

Container Security

Container security DevOps tools safeguard containerized applications and infrastructure from vulnerabilities, threats, and breaches, maintaining data integrity and security. Some containerization tools include their own security solutions, like Docker (Docker Security Scanning).  

But there some very relevant DevOps tools to watch out for. Clair focuses on container image security. Aqua Security scans container images for vulnerabilities and enforces security policies. Twistlock offers runtime protection for containers. Sysdig provides container monitoring and security insights and Falco, an open-source project, offers runtime security and behavioural monitoring for containers.  

Observability tools

Observability DevOps tools are used to gain insights into the performance and behaviour of applications and infrastructure in real-time, as well as and troubleshooting complex, distributed systems. In short, they help DevOps teams ensure system reliability and performance.  

The top Observability DevOps tools for 2024 include solutions like Prometheus for monitoring and collecting metrics, Grafana for visualization, and New Relic for application performance monitoring. Other relevant DevOps tools are Splunk for data logging, and Dynatrace for AIOps.

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Giovani Santos

Passionate about how technology helps people and companies grow. I'm always looking to get more acquainted with the latest trends in development and infrastructure so when I have a new challenge, those knowledges help me make good decisions. 🚀