Nearly two years since the pandemic began, the conversation about deploying new applications has shifted decisively from concerns over “these challenging economic times” to “cloud-native adoption is going bonkers.” The transition to remote work has driven customer demand and changed the way businesses operate in ways nobody could have predicted. Now, the race is on to bring new applications to market, as fast as possible, and as a result, adoption of cloud-native architectures is currently accelerating at a blistering pace.
But! As surprising and remarkable as 2020 and 2021 cloud adoption has been, all of this begs the question: Are we seeing a temporary cloud boom? Or are we seeing an actual trend in which cloud-native environments will continue to accelerate beyond the pandemic? Even though the jury is still out, some signs are pointing to the latter.
According to a recent 451 Research survey, nearly half of container adopters are deploying net-new and modernized workloads without VMs. However, since VMs are still the primary mode of deployment today – even for net-new and modernized applications – 451 Research cautions we are still watching to see whether cloud-native will take hold more broadly, how long will it take, and what will ultimately shift the balance?
According to 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, enterprises are leveraging cloud capabilities with a goal of achieving faster product development and better customer outcomes. In doing so, they are embracing new approaches, such as:
Also, as organizations pivoted to support remote working and schooling through the COVID-19 pandemic, many quickly learned to “appreciate the value of ‘virtuality’.” The report cites 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud, Hosting & Managed Services, Budgets and Outlook 2021 survey, which found:
According to 451 Research, this shift to the cloud – combined with an explosion in data being collected, stored, and used to inform business decision-making and customer engagement – has resulted in an uptick in app modernization investment. The report supports this statement, citing the research firm’s Voice of the Enterprise: Digital Pulse, Digital Strategy 2021 survey:
The report notes that a key component of IT modernization is containerization. However, while container adoption is growing, it is not yet universal. 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud, Hosting and Managed Services, Workloads & Key Projects 2021 survey revealed strong interest in container-usage planning:
451 Research notes several advantages to using containers:
Enthusiasm about the promise of Kubernetes and containers has met with difficulty in implementation:
451 Research emphasizes that VMs are not going away any time soon due to the isolation, security, familiarity, and manageability of VMs. However, seeing strong adoption of modernized workloads may provide insight into where things are heading.