Kubernetes Turns 10: Adoption and Challenges According to the Experts

Insights into why developers are moving to containerized applications in hybrid cloud environments and the integral role Kubernetes plays.

Kubernetes turns 10 this month. In 2014, Google made the system of running large workloads open source, allowing others to take advantage of a management layer on top of containers. With Kubernetes, teams can decouple applications from infrastructure and manage microservices individually, streamlining continuous development and deployment and ensuring seamless user experiences.

For The Voice of Kubernetes Experts Report 2024, Pure Storage decided to survey experienced Kubernetes professionals about the trends and challenges they see after a decade. Takeaways from the report include:

      • Cloud-Native Application Development is Trending

Cloud-native application development is maturing quickly, with 80 percent of organizations investing in cloud-native development for new applications. The survey also revealed that the majority, 86 percent, of organizations use hybrid cloud environments. By deploying in various environments, organizations have a greater ability to control costs and run applications at scale with high performance. However, hybrid cloud environments introduce complexity, which can make it difficult to ensure consistency and compatibility.

      • Kubernetes Offers a VM Infrastructure Alternative

Broadcom’s acquisition of VMWare is driving changes among 80% of survey respondents about their virtual machine (VM) workloads. To help control the costs of supporting VMs and containers, 58 percent of experienced professionals are planning to migrate some applications from VM management to Kubernetes. Furthermore, expect the change to be quick and decisive: 65 percent plan to migrate within the next two years, and 85 percent plan to move more than half of their VM workloads.

      • AI/ML Is Changing Data Management Needs

Pure Storage’s research found that critical use cases, including 72 percent of databases, 67 percent of analytics, and 54 percent of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications now rely on Kubernetes. The majority of survey respondents, 90 percent, say AI and ML are changing their data management needs. They need to build dynamic platforms to support developer’s changing needs. Furthermore, 98 percent of organizations have already benefitted from Kubernetes in these areas. They can deploy faster, reduce costs, improve availability, manage hybrid environments, scale more easily, and increase developer productivity.

      • Kubernetes Experts Want More Data Management Capabilities from Kubernetes

According to the survey, 71 percent of experts have a unified platform for containers and VMS and a centralized management platform for all data services on their Kubernetes wish list. Additionally, 52 percent would like to see high availability and disaster recovery for critical Kubernetes applications. Other Kubernetes data management capabilities development teams would like to see include high-performance storage with automated capacity management, streamlined hybrid and multi-cloud management, and self-service Kubernetes storage access for developers.

Kubernetes Recommendations for ISVs as Its Next Decade Begins

Polling the experts revealed that the industry can no longer classify Kubernetes, which began as an open-source project that enabled development teams to run containerized applications at scale, as an emerging technology. Kubernetes has become a trusted technology for organizations of all sizes.

If you haven’t yet migrated your application to microservice architecture in the cloud or hybrid environment, you’re lagging behind the experts in continuous development, cost control, and scalability. Additionally, if you’re looking for an alternative to VM workloads, Kubernetes offers a solution – and the majority of Kubernetes experts are planning to transition those applications within the next two years.

ISVs and their teams who need to build their Kubernetes skills so they can also consider themselves as “experts” can find numerous resources online. Free courses on edX include:

Bernadette Wilson

Bernadette Wilson, a DevPro Journal contributor, has 19 years of experience as a journalist, writer, editor, and B2B marketer.


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Bernadette Wilson

Bernadette Wilson, a DevPro Journal contributor, has 19 years of experience as a journalist, writer, editor, and B2B marketer.