CDEs Take Root in Gartner Hype Cycle Report
Gartner Hype Cycle methodology gives you a view of how a technology or application will evolve over time, providing a sound source of insight to manage its deployment within the context of your specific business goals. The 2023 version includes Cloud Development Environments as a technology worth watching.
Gartner predicts that by "2026, 60% of cloud workloads will be built and deployed using CDEs." As seen in the Priority Matrix for Emerging Technologies graph below, on a scale of low, moderate, high to transformative, Gartner projects the CDEs will offer high value and reach mainstream adoption in five to 10 years. This is the same assessment and timeline Gartner listed for AI Simulation, Cloud Native, Federated Machine Learning, and Graph Data Science.
Gartner notes the following factors driving the increased adoption of CDEs:
Collaboration and Remote Work
Remote work and remote onboarding of software developers create a need for a frictionless onboarding experience. The ability to share the development environment among distributed team members makes remote debugging and pair programming easier.
Organizations increasingly need custom configured hardware to support specific application architectures, such as Apple M1/M2 silicon for mobile app development or GPU support for data and analytics workloads.
The ability to centrally manage, govern and secure development environments has become especially important to minimize the threat of software supply chain attacks. In addition, CDEs make it easier to support and secure bring-your-own-device use cases.
Automating DevOps workflows introduces more plug- ins, extensions and API integrations, which makes the distribution of updates and configurations to local machines cumbersome and unreliable.