The state of cloud native development: Kubernetes is booming
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A new report highlights some of the latest trends in cloud native software development, with Kubernetes in particular showing signs that its popularity is only growing.
The State of Cloud Native Development report is from Slash Data, a company that surveys tens of thousands of developers every year to gather insights from a myriad of verticals across web, mobile, IoT, cloud, and more. The cloud native segment is produced in partnership with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a Linux Foundation project that focuses on advancing open source projects such as Kubernetes.
Kubernetes is king
The third edition of the report, which is based on responses from some 3,800 respondents from November 2020 to February 2021, found that 31% of all backend developers are using Kubernetes today, which translates to some 5.6 millions of developers around the world. This represents an increase of 67% from the corresponding report of the previous year, although it includes an adjustment for a change in the methodology of the questions.
Exploring some of the specific Kubernetes numbers from the State of Cloud Native Development report, developers working on edge computing applications are the most active users of containers and Kubernetes, at 76% and 63% respectively. Next come quantum computing, haptic feedback, DNA computation / storage and 5G.
Digging even deeper into the data, we see that large organizations (those with more than 500 employees) are especially important for Kubernetes adoption. This means that “… Kubernetes has securely met the needs of the business,” according to the report’s authors.
Elsewhere in the report, figures show that while the total number of cloud native developers has increased over the past twelve months to 6.8 million, the proportion of backend developers working in cloud native technologies has fallen by three percentage points. from 44% to 41%. the authors postulate that this is largely due to a sharp increase in the number of backend developers, as well as a decline in the proportion of developers involved in the serverless architecture.
The rise of Kubernetes
The rise of Kubernetes since Google opened the project in 2014 certainly indicates a wider industry push towards containerized applications. Containers are software packages that “hold” all of the components required for enterprises to find their applications on different infrastructures, including public clouds or private data centers. Some of the largest companies in the world use Kubernetes to automate many of the manual processes involved in managing these containerized applications. For context, Kubernetes is among the best open source projects in the world – by some estimates – while countless venture-backed startups have been brought to market over the past year with products specifically designed for the growing Kubernetes ecosystem.
Additionally, many large tech companies have also bolstered their internal Kubernetes capabilities through acquisitions, including Cisco, which bought not one but two Kubernetes companies last year; Red Hat, which acquired security startup Kubernetes StackRox; and New Relic, which picked up the Kubernetes Pixie Labs observability platform.
In short, Kubernetes is clearly a big trend, and all signs point to it continuing through 2022 and beyond.
You can read the full State of Cloud Native Development report here.
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