The year 2018 almost seemed like the old proverb/curse that wishes that we all live in interesting times. It was a chaotic year in a lot of ways, and I bet more than a few of us are happy that it’s almost ready for the history books. But despite the turmoil, there were quite a few advances in technology and even government technology. I’m more than a little bit happy that I was able to predict a few of them with some accuracy. Now it’s time to see if lightning can strike twice. Here are my 2019 predictions for technology and government.
The world is moving to a multi-cloud environment. Despite some government holdouts, such as with the military’s JEDI contract controversy, most organizations work best with multiple types of clouds, often from many vendors. Specifically, there are private clouds which are little different from internal data centers other than the technology used, and then public clouds which can be more easily accessed by multiple users at remote locations. Then there are the hybrid designs that exist with a virtual foot in both places.
I am going to throw a monkey wrench into the mix with my prediction, however, which is that at least some agencies will discover and embrace the newer concept of containerization, which seems almost tailor-made for government. In containerization, you have a bunch of virtualized systems called containers. They differ from full virtualized machines in that they all share the same operating system and system kernel, as well as memory and CPU. This makes them highly efficient because you don’t need to replicate an operating system and assign system resources every time you want to test an application or program in your environment.