Hello Kubernetes Operators, Few People Know What You're Selling

Increased spending to scale-up of Kubernetes deployments has created excitement about what’s next at the heart of the cloud native universe, but there is considerable confusion and low adoption in many areas of this Infrastructure as Code universe. For now, the promise of service catalogs full of operators seems far in the future. To understand why, we looked at Canonical’s Kubernetes and Cloud Native Operations Report 2021, which surveyed 1,200 IT professionals, many of whom came from Canonical’s Ubuntu-using customer base.

Although Kubernetes has long ago passed its peak of expectations and trough of disillusionment, only 46% were of enterprises are actually using Kubernetes in production, according to this report. However, almost everyone else is considering moving more applications over to Kubernetes. How quickly these workloads will scale up will determine which technologies gain favor over the next few years.

One interesting note to the report: Only 17% of respondents with Kubernetes in production are using operators for applications in production. In contrast, 72% say their team has used or modified a Helm chart in the last 90 days. Our own exploration into this topic, Mary Branscombe’s “Kubernetes: When to Use, and When to Avoid, the Operator Pattern” explains why operators are not for everyone, and shows that companies haven’t gotten ahead of themselves.

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Hello Kubernetes Operators, Few People Know What You're Selling