Kubernetes Emerges as Standard for Container Management
December 02, 2019

Kubernetes has emerged as the standard for container management with 90% of respondents using it for orchestration, according to a new survey conducted by Rancher Labs.

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"It’s clear from the survey results that containers have become a key pillar of modern IT strategy with 85% of respondents running containers in production," said Peter Smails, CMO, Rancher Labs. "Additionally, 91% of respondents running more than one cluster combined with a healthy mix of on-premises and cloud-based deployments indicates multi-cluster/multi-cloud is emerging as a deployment strategy of choice."

The results of the survey illustrate rapid adoption of containers and Kubernetes. Key findings include:

■ 85% of respondents are running containers in production.

■ Architects, developers, and DevOps are the primary drivers of adoption (69%) followed by IT Operations (30%).

■ Multiple cluster environments are becoming the norm with 91% of respondents running multiple clusters, and 45% planning multiple clusters within six months.

■ The most common use cases for containers today are designing microservices (71%), building customer facing applications (70%), and modernizing legacy applications (53%).

■ Hybrid cloud deployments are prevalent with 71% of respondents running on-premises workloads while 67% are running cloud-based applications.

■ Edge is emerging as an important use-case with 15% of respondents deploying containers for edge workloads.

As with any rapidly emerging technology, the survey also indicates that challenges remain, including:

■ Complexity remains a barrier to entry with more than 62% of respondents not currently running containers citing that as the primary reason slowing adoption.

■ Windows container adoption is limited, although this is not surprising given Windows container support was only introduced in Kubernetes earlier this year.

■ Users are still wary of persistent storage due to complexity and perceived risk.

■ Service mesh is also perceived as complex which is limiting more widespread adoption.


Methodology: Rancher Labs surveyed 1,106 tech users at large and small enterprises across a broad range of more than 25 industries, including technology, financial services, telecom, education, government and healthcare. The respondents were almost evenly split among EMEA and North America.

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