No matter the data source, Kubernetes continues to be the clear leader in cloud-native platforms among developers and IT alike. The difference between anecdote and research conclusions is data. You can pay some pundits to say nice things. You can spend hundreds of millions on sales, marketing, and evangelists. However, as we have learned from past vendor efforts to do so, you cannot buy the network effect. All the data points to Kubernetes and Docker having this network effect. Kubernetes’ momentum is not matched by any comparable solution as the data (captured by our latest Kubernetes infographic below) makes clear.
Beyond the data, there have been several other important events for the Kubernetes community as well. More than $60 million has been raised by venture-backed companies in the Kubernetes ecosystem this month. Furthermore, Apprenda made its first acquisition with its purchase of Kismatic, the enterprise Kubernetes company, which was also the first acquisition in the Kubernetes ecosystem.
Concur, owned by SAP, announced it is using Kubernetes in production to power their Expense Management software that helps organizations process billions in transactions per year. More important are use cases. Concur is using Kubernetes “because it needed something that could run on-premises, as well as in the existing Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud environment.”
Until now, multi-cloud efforts have failed because they have tried to recreate the same infrastructure on-premises and in the public cloud, or they used infrastructure templates that were specific for every application and every environment. It was a horrible failure. Abstracting the application from the infrastructure through container orchestration is not only a good way to do hybrid cloud, it is the only way.
Samsung also recently talked about its use of Kubernetes. Bob Wise, chief cloud technologist at the cloud native computing team at Samsung SDS Research America and former VP of Engineering at HP Cloud, looked at all the options for cloud native. Wise’s assessment mirrors what Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller said in his blog post announcing Apprenda was incorporating Kubernetes for cloud-native workloads:
“Even now, I would say that Docker Swarm is not really an operational tool, it is a developer tool, so it has never been a serious contender. So for us it came down to Mesos or Kubernetes, and the key part of our analysis was that Mesos, much like Docker, is vastly dominated by a single contributor, and that is Mesosphere, and the size and energy of the Kubernetes community, even when we were making this bet, was much bigger. So we felt we were making a bet for the future. Mesos is a decent choice, but we think Kubernetes is a better choice.”
Kubernetes is only 11 months from its v1.0 release. It enjoys incredible popularity, which is only accelerating on a monthly basis as the infographic below shows.