Spectro Cloud has announced the release of its third annual State of Production Kubernetes research report, which finds that 49% of enterprises are actively piloting or using Kubernetes in edge computing environments, with one in five expecting “strong” growth in the coming year.
Titled “The new frontiers of Kubernetes”, the report reveals interviewees cite AI as a key driver for edge adoption, with investment in edge expected to improve business processes (50%) and enable new connected solutions (41%).
The report is based on a survey with 333 Kubernetes practitioners and decision-makers, backed by 10 in-depth interviews to illuminate the data.
“With this research we get deep into what’s on the mind of those who are really working with Kubernetes in production in the enterprise,” says Dave Cope, CRO at Spectro Cloud.
“From government CIOs to devops practitioners in retail, we made sure to represent the whole community, and spent time with them to understand how they really feel about Kubernetes and its impact on their organizations.”
The report also highlights that ops teams are increasingly struggling as their Kubernetes environments grow more complex, as 56% of businesses have more than 10 Kubernetes clusters, and 69% run Kubernetes in multiple clouds or other environments — with 80% expecting their scale to grow.
Other data shows that 75% of businesses say they suffer issues affecting the running of their clusters, up from 66% in 2022. 40% say they lack the skills and headcount to manage Kubernetes, with respondents revealing they spend “too much” time on manual tasks like troubleshooting and patching.
“The survey didn’t just ask respondents to document what tools they use or how big their clusters are,” says Cope. “We explored evolving pain points, ambitions for the future, and attitudes to emerging trends.”
The survey was conducted by independent research firm Dimensional Research.
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