Cloud-Native Report 2021 Elucidates Kubernetes Challenges

A global survey orchestrated by a software company reveals interesting facts about Kubernetes


June 29, 2021, saw software firm Canonical LTD. instrument a survey of 1,200 IT professionals over 40 subjects - the application of Kubernetes, Virtual machines, service meshes, and serverless offerings. The survey reveals that many firms struggle to cross the hurdles associated with the full-scale deployment of Kubernetes for business-inclined purposes.

The average figure for the number of Kubernetes clusters constantly in production is 2.5%.
The average figure for the number of Kubernetes clusters constantly in production is 2.5%.
Key Facts
  1. 1

    Only a skeletal 4.2% of participants are running 21 or more clusters for production. The general data edged at 2.5 clusters per participant.

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    Quite a bulk of participants attested to the nature of hybrid cloud being the combination of at least a private cloud and one public cloud.

  3. 3

    In an interview of 1143 respondents, 41% confirmed contributing to open source projects they adopt.

  4. 4

    26% of the participants are pretty far back on the version of Kubernetes they employ.


The UK-based software company carried out a first-of-its-kind survey. Kubernetes, VMs, bare metals, serverless applications are the earmarked topics in this report, albeit over 40 topics in the purview. The accomplished results from over 1200 IT participants were breathtaking. They revealed some good news about the practical aspects of cloud native offerings and the hard truths which medium and small-scale businesses encounter.

Cloud Native technologies have grown into the norm over the years; businesses, contributors, and end-users have found solace in what is touted as IT's present and future. That said, many have found full adoption to be an arduous task, according to the reports of the global survey published by Canonical LTD.

64% of these seasoned participants claimed maintenance, monitoring and automation would provide the best Kubernetes and cloud-native experience.

A definitive verdict by a majority of the participants was that at least one private cloud and a public cloud would be considered a hybrid cloud. 22.2% find multi-cloud too confusing a concept, so they steer clear. 21.4% manage over 500 machines daily.

The average figure for the number of Kubernetes clusters constantly in production is 2.5%. Only 4.2%, which are suspected to be representing big players, run at least 21 production clusters.

Talking of open source projects, 41% of 1143 respondents claimed they contribute to their open-source projects. Out of the 41%, 55% representing the IT industry, and 50% from telcos say their firms contribute to open source offerings.

An exciting scene when the question of which applications are running came up, 29.9% of 1156 participants were united in a mix of VMs, bare metal, and Kubernetes.

Minikube takes first place in adopting Kubernetes in local development environments, with 32.3 percent of the vote. With 31.7 percent of the voting, Docker Kubernetes comes in second.

The significant renowned players, from bottom to top Google Cloud (25%), Azure (34%), and AWS (50%), are the top environments for executing Kubernetes operations.

26% of the respondents must have been having trouble catching up with the continuous Kubernetes updates and have settled for versions between 1.10 to 1.17.

Security, Resource optimization, then utilization, this order according to 46% when answering the question of the scale of priority.

Only 54.2 percent of 1139 respondents claimed they have a Kubernetes cluster with high availability.

Isolating applications? Namespaces, according to 63% of 1135 participants. With 40% votes, separating clusters came in second for separating applications.

For readers in the dark about Canonical, the 2004 establishment are the publishers of Ubuntu and are the leading OS for container, hyper-scale, and cloud computing.

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