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Study Finds Only 4 in 10 Applications on Kubernetes Successfully Make it to Production

Report highlights wider Kubernetes adoption and ongoing challenges as new opportunities emerge around artificial intelligence and edge computing.

Note: TDWI’s editors carefully choose press releases related to the data and analytics industry. We have edited and/or condensed this release to highlight key information but make no claims as to its accuracy.

D2iQ, a provider of an independent Kubernetes platform built to power smarter Day 2 operations, announced the results from its second annual Kubernetes-focused survey of IT decision makers and developers, Kubernetes in the Enterprise Annual Report: Production Deployments Increase, but Challenges Persist. The study found that although 75 percent of organizations are using Kubernetes in production or pre-production environments, 100 percent of those organizations agree that Kubernetes deployments come with challenges. As evidence: only 42 percent of organizations claim that all applications running on Kubernetes successfully made it to Day 2 environments.

Kubernetes has become the technology of choice to power enterprise cloud native journeys, and organizations are expanding their use of Kubernetes to support both innovation-driven initiatives and critical workloads. According to the survey, 36 percent of senior IT decision makers successfully running applications on Kubernetes in Day 2 operations say it is critical to the long-term success of their company. Rapid digital transformations are also fueling massive growth in data volumes, with 43 percent of respondents citing data analytics or machine learning as the most popular Kubernetes workload.

Key findings from the study include:

  • Kubernetes growth in AI and ML workloads displaced the 2020 survey’s top choice of application build structures with 40 percent of respondents citing it as the most popular workload. In addition, 88 percent of organizations agree that in the next two years, Kubernetes will be the platform of choice for running AI and ML workloads. Rounding out the top three most popular Kubernetes workloads were Windows containers (34 percent) and distributed data services (33 percent).
  • On average, 53 percent of all an organization’s projects are currently in production on Kubernetes. This is an increase from last year’s survey that found that 42 percent of projects were currently in production using Kubernetes.
  • More than three-fourths (77 percent) of respondents stated that it took six months or less to get their organization’s Kubernetes deployments to production. The average time it took was four and a half months, down a half month from 2020.

The study also demonstrates the positive impact Kubernetes has on the professional development of developers and engineers: 41 percent of developers say Kubernetes makes them really excited to come to work every day and that it brings their entire IT team together. It’s important to note, however, that nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of developers claim Kubernetes makes them feel extremely burnt out.

The study was conducted by independent research firm Vanson Bourne in Q2 and Q3 2021. To download a copy of Kubernetes in the Enterprise Annual Report: Production Deployments Increase, but Challenges Persist, visit (short registration required).

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