Multi-Cloud on the rise and Open Source disrupting the modern application stack

Multi-Cloud on the rise and Open Source disrupting the modern application stack

New research reveals significant year-over-year growth in enterprise usage trends around multi-cloud adoption, open source technologies such as Kubernetes, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-native services adoption.

Sumo Logic’s The Continuous Intelligence Report: The State of Modern Applications and DevSecOps in the Cloud also revealed the increasing need for cloud-based security solutions such as cloud SIEM to help enterprises address today’s increasingly complex security landscape.

The report also summaries three major trends shaping today’s digital business:

  • the rise of modern applications
  • the rapid adoption of DevSecOps collaboration and processes
  • the emergence of the Intelligence Economy from the tsunami of data.

Because of this shift, digital businesses now have real-time accountability understanding what is happening in their business the moment it happens, but the velocity, veracity and variety of their data makes it easy to fall behind.

The report states that this results in an intelligence gap, which impedes the real-time decision-making required for modern on-demand, customer experiences, but that the industry is recognizing that continuous intelligence as a strategy and capability is the best way to close this gap.

Stephen O’Grady, principal analyst with software development analyst firm, RedMonk, said: “Today’s enterprise technology landscape is more dynamic and fast moving than ever, and understanding what is changing and how quickly requires at-scale visibility into what businesses are embracing.

“The conclusions contained in Sumo Logic’s report, itself based on insights from thousands of customers, is broadly aligned with RedMonk’s projections for the industry moving forward, and thus offers value to executives and practitioners tasked with setting technical direction.”

Based on anonymized data from more than 2,000 customers and 100,000 users, this report takes that data to provide a unique analysis of mission-critical modern applications and cloud infrastructures running on AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Kalyan Ramanathan, vice president of product marketing for Sumo Logic, said: “Multi-cloud and open source technologies, specifically Kubernetes, are hand-in-hand dramatically reshaping the future of the modern application stack. For companies, the increased adoption of services to enable and secure a multi-cloud strategy are adding more complexity and noise, which current legacy analytics solutions can’t handle. To address this complexity, companies will need a continuous intelligence strategy that consolidates all of their data into a single pane of glass to close the intelligence gap.”

Key findings from this year’s report include:

  • multi-cloud is growing faster than any other modern infrastructure category
  • enterprise adoption and deployments of multi-cloud grew 50% year-over-year.
  • Kubernetes is highly prevalent in multi-cloud environments

As customers adopt multi-cloud, Kubernetes adoption significantly rises. Enterprises are betting on Kubernetes to drive their multi-cloud strategies:

  • 20% of customers in AWS-only environment use Kubernetes
  • 23% of customers on AWS and Azure use Kubernetes
  • 59% of customers on AWS and GCP use Kubernetes
  • more than 80% of customers on all three clouds use Kubernetes.

Open source has disrupted the modern application stack:

  • 4 of the 6 tiers that make up the modern application stack have been disrupted by open source
  • open source solutions for containers, orchestration, infrastructure and application services are leading this transformation.

Enterprises only use 15 out of 150+ available AWS cloud-native services:

  • adoption of individual IaaS services suggest enterprises are trying to avoid vendor lock-in.
  • basic compute, storage, database and network services services make up top 10 adopted services in AWS
  • the top AWS cloud-native services used: EC2, RDS, IAM, STS, CloudFormation.

Serverless adoption has reached a tipping point:

  • serverless architectures continue to grow at a rapid pace as a cost-effective option to speed cloud and DevOps deployment automation.
  • AWS Lambda adoption grew to 36% in 2019, up 12% from 2017
  • 1-in-3 enterprises are using serverless in production
  • AWS Lambda is also being used in several non-production use cases and has become one of the top 10 AWS services by adoption.