First of all: 1. I work for Red Hat Inc. 2. Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.

Another year is over, and now, like is customary in this blog every January, let’s take a look to some of the technologies that I believe you should follow up close this 2019.

Kubernetes and Container Native Virtualization (KubeVirt)

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This is the year for Container Native Virtualization, driven by the needs of a unified platform to manage containers and virtual machines. KubeVirt will finally get out of proof-of-concept environments and make his way to test and pilot platforms, providing the virtualization capabilities that containers lack and making the transition to Kubernetes easier for operators and developers.

5G is here!

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In the US, the big mobile operators are going to start providing mobile 5G services, after both, AT&T and Verizon announced plans to start providing 5G services this year. In the case of Verizon, they are already rolling out their Verizon Home 5G service in a few markets.

But 5G brings more than speed, enables:

  • Multi-Access Edge Compute (MEC)
  • IoT
  • Enhanced Mobile Broadband
  • AI and AR/VR applications a reality

IoT

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Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to grow in 2019 and as I mention before 5G networks will only enable the growing of it. I believe that a big part of the focus will be on IoT security to increase consumer confidence.

UNIX to Linux

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According to Gartner only 1 in 70 servers deployed in 2017 used Unix and by 2021 half of all workloads running in Unix systems will be moved off, creating a opportunity for Linux to take over. No doubts that application modernization and cloud adoption in the Enterprise is a big factor of the Unix to Linux migrations and 2019 will be the year where more Unix workloads will migrate to Linux.