Second annual study reveals fresh wave of challenges facing organizations reaching scale in a variety of production Kubernetes environments
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Spectro Cloud, a provider of a next-gen enterprise Kubernetes management platform, today unveiled findings from its second annual State of Production Kubernetes survey.
The independent study was conducted by Dimensional Research in July 2022. It surveyed more than 300 technologists (from practitioner to C-level) in organizations with 250+ employees that use Kubernetes in production. The survey takes the pulse of Kubernetes use today, delivering insights into expected growth and the challenges and benefits organizations see.
The data shows Kubernetes is delivering business value and is set to win an increasing share of production workloads, with almost all respondents saying they plan to scale and diversify their Kubernetes infrastructures in some way in the coming year.Importantly, Kubernetes is already expanding beyond the familiar environments of the public cloud and data center. Thirty-five percent (35%) of respondents already deploy Kubernetes at the edge.
With growth comes increased complexity, and already those respondents that have the most extensive use of Kubernetes — with more clusters and more distributions, across more environments such as edge and with more software elements in their ‘stack’ such as monitoring, security, ingress or service mesh — are experiencing more significant challenges.
Spectro Cloud found that as well as a shortage of essential skills and headcount to keep up with Kubernetes’ famously steep learning curve, organizations reported they lacked mature management capabilities, such as multi-cluster management and enterprise-grade guardrails, to stay in control of their environments. The majority of respondents said they were investigating new commercial management platforms to address this issue.
Key takeaways from the survey include:
“Spectro Cloud’s intention for commissioning this independent, annual State of Production Kubernetes survey is to share our commitment to and focus on modern Kubernetes,” said Tenry Fu, Spectro Cloud CEO and co-founder. “We are highlighting these insights to put a spotlight on best practices, progress, challenges and opportunities in an effort to help the whole community advance and better serve both developer and IT management teams globally,” said Fu.
"Kubernetes adoption continues to be one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of enterprise technology," said Diane Hagglund, principal at Dimensional Research and author of the research study. "The data clearly shows the value of large-scale Kubernetes deployments in production, while highlighting the increasing complexity of operating environments. In particular, the high levels of interest in commercial management platforms shown by Kubernetes stakeholders is a strong indicator of increasing maturity.”
“Kubernetes is growing at pace as it becomes the first choice for both new and existing applications in production — and that growth results in Kubernetes environments that are not just larger, but more complex and more diverse,” said Fu. “Organizations shouldn’t be constrained in their choice of which environments, distros and software elements make up the right K8s stack for their workloads, but our survey found that more complex stacks create significant challenges for organizations that lack the team resources and management tools to stay in control. The decisions that businesses take now in these areas will dictate how effectively they can continue to get value from Kubernetes as they scale, particularly in embracing new opportunities such as edge workloads.”
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