The majority of cloud developers now use Kubernetes and containers as part of their daily operations, according to new research from Civo that found that 51% of them are doing so.
Of those who have implemented Kubernetes, 57% of the 1,000 cloud developers surveyed said they have seen an increase in the number of Kubernetes clusters running within their organization over the past 12 months.
The overall level of adoption differed depending on the type of IT environment you look at: 35% of respondents are deploying Kubernetes via on-premises servers, while 27% are opting to deploy it in data centers, 39% are using it in public cloud environments, and 29% are using it within private clouds.
So why is Kubernetes usage growing?
The two most common benefits cited by Civo respondents were easy scalability of work, which was opted for by 36% of respondents, and easy container management, which was opted for by 35%.
The report also revealed some issues that may be holding back adoption of the technology, with 54% of respondents saying they believe the complexity around Kubernetes slows down container usage, a clear increase from 47% in 2021.
In addition, security can also be a factor holding back adoption, according to Civvo, 66% of developers are concerned about the security consequences created by Kubernetes vulnerabilities, and just over 50% of developers said configurations Incorrect or exposures were raising your concerns about Kubernetes security.
These fears are likely rooted in very real causes; in May 2022, the non-profit The Shadowserver Foundation found that 84% of systems using container orchestration systems were accessible over the Internet to some degree, for a total total of 381,654 systems.
Container-based environments could be set for even more growth on the horizon.
Gartner expects this trend to continue and that by 2027 more than 90% of global organizations will run workloads as containerized applications.