Should businesses start using Kubernetes?

2020 brought its fair share of challenges with the COVID-19 crisis, resulting in speeding up the digital transformations of many businesses as well as the increased use of Kubernetes. A new report from D2iQ revealed that production projects using Kubernetes will rise 61% in the next two years. The research also stated the different challenges it may bring.

Indeed, the report found that 89% of organizations already use Kubernetes in production or pre-production environments while 77% consider Kubernetes a critical element of the business’ digital transformation strategy following the pandemic.

Having Kubernetes clusters enable developers and architects to be more innovative and creative. A majority of organizations started to run Kubernetes in production or pre-production, but the method and resources used to deploy Kubernetes are significantly different. Indeed, 64% of organizations use outside resources –Kubernetes management platform, a cloud SaaS service, and public cloud.

However, Kubernetes present many challenges, especially in the development phase. The most common challenges found by the report were security concerns, difficulty scaling up efficiency, and a lack of IT resources. The impact of these is not evenly distributed making it difficult to assess if Kubernetes introduces more complexity or not.

The report revealed that it takes about five months for an organization to adopt Kubernetes into the production environment and 60% of them claim that all of their cloud-native applications successfully made it into production the last few years. Cloud-native applications benefits are even more crucial as digital transformations are increasing everywhere.

Yet, the difficulties relating to the deployment of Kubernetes made it very challenging for many businesses to gain benefits such as more agility and time-to-value.

The introduction of Kubernetes in enterprises also led developers and architects to experience a burn-out or heavy stress and leading them to want to find a new job while others said it created conflict.

Therefore, there is a need to have the right talent and, while 96% of organizations reported being able to find Kubernetes developers, 24% said they were unable to find someone quickly. As this is still a skill to master, most businesses are planning on investing in appropriate training to fill the talent gap.

Overall, 81% declared that adopting Kubernetes is vital to their career and future employability and many organizations view Kubernetes as a crucial part of their digital transformation strategy.