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Spectro Cloud 2022 Predictions: Automation, Flexibility vs. Usability, and Bare Metal Deployments

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2022 Kubernetes Predictions: Automation, Flexibility vs. Usability, and Bare Metal Deployments

By Tenry Fu, CEO & Co-Founder, Spectro Cloud

Automation will be the key to evolution driven by Kubernetes management. As rapid adoption of Kubernetes becomes apparent, enterprises will continue to struggle with a balancing act between flexibility and usability, along with managing the diverse nature of Kubernetes.

In order to cut out hypervisor management and cost while adding performance, there will be an increasing desire to deploy Kubernetes directly on bare metal servers and move closer to the edge.

1.  In 2022, automation will be key to the evolution of Kubernetes.

Enterprise adoption of Kubernetes is continuing to rise, but teams are often finding themselves hindered by the skill set required to manage and operate Kubernetes. The overwhelming majority (98%) of IT executives report they are facing challenges with Kubernetes and coordinating the related ecosystem, according to our 2021 Annual Kubernetes Adoption Report findings, a report we sponsored with research conducted by Dimensional Research. This obstacle with adoption creates a need for a more simplified approach to Kubernetes management from both a user interface (UI) and automation perspective. This will also help companies remain competitive amidst the backdrop of the IT talent gap, as more user-friendly and automated Kubernetes management will not require the sophistication or experience once needed by niche and very technical IT professionals for deployment and oversight. 

2.  Despite rapid enterprise adoption, organizations may still struggle to have both flexibility developers crave and usability IT teams need in a Kubernetes environment.

Two-thirds of IT executives (66%) do not believe you can have both flexibility and usability, according to the report cited above. This is reflective of the complicated balancing act for organizations, which want to empower developers with flexibility for their application development efforts and at the same time, provide IT with controls including compliance and mitigating security risks. Enterprises must explore new solutions and approaches to rectify this gap in order to enable the true adoption potential of Kubernetes.

3.  Bare metal and edge deployments will generate growing interest.

For multi-environment distributions, teams will begin to explore more options beyond just private and public clouds. Bare metal machine deployments will become more attractive to enterprises looking to cut out hypervisor management and minimize overall operational costs. Further, companies are increasingly interested in edge deployments, which do not require dedicated IT staff and enable access to data via edge devices such as IoT sensors. These edge deployments will compel companies to look further into Kubernetes deployment as compute power gets pushed further and further out towards the edge.



Tenry Fu, CEO & Co-Founder

Tenry Fu 

Tenry has more than 20 years of experience in system software. Prior to co-founding Spectro Cloud, he most recently led the architecture for Cisco's multi-cloud management and private cloud solutions, after his previous company, CliQr, was acquired by Cisco. He has more than 15 patents in the fields of scalable distributed systems, enterprise system management, and security.

Published Wednesday, December 22, 2021 7:33 AM by David Marshall
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