New research from VMware: The State of Kubernetes 2022

Amsterdam, 3 May 2022 – VMware launches its ‘The State of Kubernetes 2022’ report showing that Kubernetes is becoming mainstream. 99% of respondents say they experience benefits from using the technology. Developers are also leveraging multi-cloud strategies, with two-thirds now running Kubernetes across multiple clouds.

The study included 776 qualified software development and IT professionals. According to them, the main benefits of Kubernetes include improved resource utilization and consumption (59%), easier application upgrades (49%) and smoother cloud migration (42%). The report also shows that safety is still a top priority for almost all respondents (99%). More than half (51%) acknowledge the lack of internal experience and expertise to implement and manage Kubernetes.

“In recent years, more and more people have started using Kubernetes as the default layer on top of the infrastructure, across the private and public cloud, and often both. Its use has become more mainstream, “said Michael Cote, Staff Technologist at VMware. “Although there is still a lot to build, it is difficult to find people who have no plans to implement or have already implemented Kubernetes, as the study shows. With this mainstreaming, the need for Kubernete’s management tools and even distribution grows, especially when it comes to security and support for the developer experience. Therefore, 100% of the people in this study are interested in finding and paying for tools that help them reap the full benefits of the Cuban lifestyle. “

More details about the results of the study follow below:

Kubernetes is becoming mainstream

  • One of the clearest signs that Kubernetes is becoming the norm is the rapid growth in the number of rolled-out clusters: 29% of organizations have more than 50 clusters, and almost half (48%) expect the number of Kubernetes clusters , they implement, will increase. utilization will grow by more than 50%.
  • The factors that have contributed to the increased adoption include:
    • Better software development: 62% chose to increase application flexibility and 54% chose better developer efficiency as the main reasons.
    • Cloud adoption: 59% of respondents chose better cloud utilization, and 46% chose lower cloud costs as key factors for adoption.
    • Operator efficiency: More than a third (37%) said the need to improve operator efficiency was a factor.

Multi-cloud dominates

One of the main reasons why organizations are embracing Kubernetes is that it offers clear benefits from rapidly expanding cloud operations. There is an accelerating trend away from local and single-cloud Kubernetes implementations in favor of hybrid and multi-cloud:

  • Respondents whose Kubernetes footprint is primarily for development prefer on-premises (62%) or a single public cloud provider (42%).
  • By comparison, those whose Kubernetes footprint is production-oriented prefer multiple public cloud providers (52%), followed by local (47%) and a single public cloud provider (42%).

Do-it-yourself Kubernetes is a thing of the past

With Kubernetes growing and evolving so rapidly, many organizations are having a hard time updating (and retaining) existing workforces and hiring people with the necessary Kubernetes skills:

  • 95% have difficulty selecting, implementing and managing Kubernetes:
    • 51% believe that there is a lack of internal experience and expertise
    • 37% think it is difficult to hire the necessary expertise
    • 34% struggle with the speed at which Kubernetes / Cloud changes built-in

Due to the lack of expertise, many teams try to fill the gaps with simpler Kubernetes solutions combined with support and services: 97% would pay for services and support for key Kubernetes tools.

More safety concerns

Given the growth in the number of Kubernetes clusters and multi-cloud deployments – and a steady increase in cyber threats – security challenges are at the core of teams deploying and managing Kubernetes:

  • 97% of organizations are concerned about the safety of the Kubernetes.
  • Meeting the requirements for safety and compliance is the biggest challenge for both the implementation of Kubernetes (59% of respondents) and the administration of Kubernetes (47%).

Research method

The study, conducted in collaboration with Dimensional Research, examined 776 qualified software development and IT professionals. The study focused on people with Kubernetes responsibilities in companies with 1,000 or more employees and covered a wide range of roles, industries, regions and job levels. All surveyed organizations have a significant footprint in software development.

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