Will COVID-19 Be the End of On-Prem Environments?
September 01, 2020

COVID-19 has had a massive effect on DevOps, leading to large-scale migrations away from on-premises environments, according to the State of DevOps survey conducted by Codefresh.

At the same time, DevOps automation continues to expand in scope and complexity with more and more processes becoming automated, and more involved technologies like Kubernetes continuing to gain strong traction. While it has improved some year-over-year, most organizations are still struggling with implementing and maintaining automation, the survey indicates.

Key takeaways from the survey include:

COVID-19 leading many to reconsider on-prem infrastructure strategy

The survey asked how COVID-19 has affected DevOps professional's plans to reconsider their on-prem infrastructure strategy, with somewhat surprising results. 58% of respondents saying that due to the pandemic, they are planning on moving some infrastructure to the cloud with 17% of respondents planning to move their entire stack to the cloud.

In total, about 75% of respondents are moving at least part of their infrastructure to the cloud as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, representing a dramatic shift in strategy and further adoption towards the cloud.

DevOps budgets rising in 2020

74% of respondents are expecting an increase and more than half are expecting their budgets to increase by 25% or more.

Organizations are continuing to invest heavily in their DevOps budgets as the effect of DevOps on developer velocity and site reliability continues to be better understood.

Companies struggling with commit-to-production automation

Most companies are still struggling with commit-to-production automation (although it's getting better). Automation proves to be elusive, as less than 5% of respondents claimed that all of their company's DevOps processes are automated from Git commit to code running in production.

52% of respondents have less than 50% of their organization's DevOps process automated from Git commit to production. This is down from last year's survey, where 66% of respondents had less than 50% of their processes automated. This represents the continued trend away from manual processes as organizations build out their DevOps automation.

Kubernetes building momentum

Kubernetes continues to build momentum, with most (73%) of respondents thinking it will be used on more than half of new projects by the end of 2020.

In the 2019 State of DevOps survey, 54% of respondents said that Kubernetes would be used in more than half of all projects by the end of the year. Clearly, Kubernetes adoption is continuing to accelerate.

75% of respondents said that they have either already adopted Kubernetes or are planning to adopt Kubernetes soon.

DevOps engineers spending time just fixing bugs

67% of respondents said that they spend 25% or more of their time fixing bugs in their automated systems, while 35% of respondents spend 50% or more of their time fixing bugs in their automated systems.

This highlights the importance of choosing a well-architected DevOps automation stack, as the platform you use can have a massive impact on the amount of time lost to bug fixing.

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