New Research by Spectro Cloud Benchmarks the Current State, Barriers and Opportunities of Kubernetes
Spectro Cloud, a provider of a next-gen enterprise Kubernetes management platform, today unveiled findings from its second annual State of Production Kubernetes survey.
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Findings from the inaugural independent 2022 State of Production Kubernetes survey. (Photo: Business Wire)
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:
"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."
To register for early access to the full Spectro Cloud 2022 State of Production Kubernetes Report as soon as it publishes, click here.
Spectro Cloud will be hosting a live webinar to discuss the findings and key takeaways from the 2022 Report. To be notified about registration opening for this event, follow Spectro Cloud on Twitter or LinkedIn.
About Spectro Cloud
Co-founded in 2019 by CEO Tenry Fu, Vice President of Engineering Gautam Joshi and Chief Technology Officer Saad Malik, Spectro Cloud provides a complete and integrated platform that enables organizations to easily manage the full lifecycle of any combination of new or existing, simple or complex, small or large Kubernetes environments, whether in data centers or clouds. With a unique approach to managing multiple clusters, Spectro Cloud gives IT teams complete control, visibility and production-scale efficiencies to provide developers highly-curated Kubernetes stacks and tools based on their specific needs, complete with granular governance and enterprise-grade security. Spectro Cloud is backed by Stripes, Sierra Ventures, Boldstart Ventures, Westwave Capital, Alter Venture Partners, Firebolt Ventures, T-Mobile Ventures and TSG. For more information, visit https://www.spectrocloud.com or follow @spectrocloudinc.
About Dimensional Research
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