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2021 Predictions From Mirantis

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Here are the 2021 Predictions by Nick Chase, Head of Technical and Marketing Content at Mirantis. According to Chase:

  • Data will start coming back from hyper scalers to on-premise
  • Broadband bandwidth will become important as people will continue to work remotely
  • 5G and price war between cellular and cable companies

Here is the edited transcript of the predictions.

Swapnil Bhartiya: Hi, this is your host Swapnil Bhartiya and we are at the end of 2020. Today we have with us a wizard from Mirantis, Nick Chase, Head of Technical and Marketing Content, who has a crystal ball and we are going to look into that ball to see what 2021 is going to look like. But before we go there Nick, can you tell me what Mirantis is today?

Nick Chase: Mirantis has moved, in some ways, from being the OpenStack company to being the Kubernetes company. But when it comes right down to it, it’s really all about enabling our customers to ship code faster, and have a more reliable environment.

Swapnil Bhartiya: Now, let’s peep into your crystal ball. Tell me what predictions do you have for 2021?

Nick Chase: 2020 has been such a bizarre year that I’m sure everybody’s looking for something different. And when it comes down to it, I think it’s going to be different. But it’s going to be different in a way that is very much indicative of 2020 in the same way that we’ve all been kind of hunkered down in our houses for a year, companies are starting to bring their data back inside, they’re starting to really kind of look at their digital footprint and say, all right, you know, what do we really need. So we’re seeing a lot of data migrating, where, in the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of going out to the hyper scalars to the public clouds. Now we’re seeing it coming back into on premises, to the point where even the hyper scalars are looking to get into the private cloud environments. It’s all a real estate game. At the end of the day, nobody wants to be subject to someone else’s control. 

In terms of a second prediction, we’re going to see a lot more emphasis on bandwidth, as we have companies who are not going back to business as usual. They’re not going to bring back everybody in the office. We are going to see a lot of people who will say why do we need to be in the office? Why do we need to pay tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in rent for these crazy buildings. So you’re going to see a lot more emphasis on services that allow people to work from home, to work from wherever they want. And that means broadband, which brings us to my third prediction.

We are going to see 5G ramping up and potentially having a sort of price war between the cell phone companies and the cable companies. People have gotten used to really being connected constantly. And I don’t think they’re going to want to go away from that. So we’re going to see a lot of that. So basically, data moving inside broadband, people reworking everything, and also a focus on the security that’s necessary to make all of that possible. So all of that is going to be integrated with security.

Swapnil Bhartiya:What is going to be the focus of Mirantis in 2021?
Nick Chase: We are really excited about what’s been going on in terms of Cloud Native and in terms of this sort of multi-cluster environment. In fact, you know, what we were just talking about this notion of having applications that are not reliant on a specific cluster, we’ve been doing a lot of work with the Lens Kubernetes IDE, which makes it so easy to have this sort of real time visibility into what’s going on into not just a cluster but into multiple clusters. I think that we’re going to be probably spending the next year working on both this multi-cluster environment and Lens and the K0s Kubernetes distribution. We are contributing to that and at the same time, working on the notion of a Cloud Native platform itself. So Cloud Native is not just Kubernetes. It’s an infrastructure issue. People need to have somewhere to run their resources, whether that’s Kubernetes or OpenStack, or whatever. And so we’re very excited about the Mirantis Cloud Native platform.

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