Latest Alcide survey shows skills gap for companies using Kubernetes and an intent to increase use of security tools
TEL AVIV, Israel, December 18, 2019 – Alcide, the Kubernetes security leader empowering DevSecOps teams with end-to-end continuous security guardrails for Kubernetes deployments, today announced the key findings from its recent Kubernetes usage survey alongside its expert predictions for what DevOps and SecOps teams can expect in 2020. With the market split between those who have gained experience and are running Kubernetes in production, and those who are still learning the ropes, Alcide foresees a strong shift toward security solutions tailor made to protect K8s as more threats and vulnerabilities are unveiled.
Based on about 200 responses from Dev, Ops, Security and Cloud Architects teams, the latest Alcide Kubernetes survey reveals that 45% of companies are now running Kubernetes in production, while 37% are leveraging hybrid or multi-cloud environments for their K8s clusters. The rapid adoption of Kubernetes, driven by the implementation of microservices (60%), improved innovation velocity and time to market (53%), and application scaling (44%), has created a K8s expertise gap with only 20% of teams considering themselves Kubernetes pros. This lack of experience is resulting in 50% of teams not feeling confident their K8s deployments are secure, while 67% anticipate their use of K8s security tools in 2020 to increase. The explosive adoption of Kubernetes, the growing threats and the shortage of experienced users are in the base of Alcide’s K8s predictions for 2020.
“As K8s gains more steam in production, the need for integrated CI+CD security which equally addresses the needs of those starting out and those scaling K8s will drive continuous innovations in intelligent and automated security solutions in 2020” says Gadi Naor, co-founder and CTO of Alcide. “Community-driven projects such as Helm 3, Jaeger, and KUDO will play a pivotal role in advancing new capabilities across the cloud-native software development lifecycle that will bolster K8s as the digital transformation engine of the 21st Century.”
Alcide believes the following five trends will shape the Kubernetes market in 2020 and will drive continuous innovation:
“We are excited to see there is a wider awareness and market understanding that continuous deployment and runtime are distinct yet interconnected phases of the cloud-native software lifecycle,“ adds Amir Ofek, CEO of Alcide. “I am proud of the Alcide’s ability to foresee these trends ahead of the market and respond with innovative solutions such as the Alcide Advisor and our newly launched Alcide kAudit, which uniquely address the specific needs of CD scans and runtime detection of security risks in a way that manages the complexity of Kubernetes for users.”
Alcide is a Kubernetes security leader empowering DevOps to implement and maintain security guardrails through their CI/CD pipelines and aiding security teams to protect their growing Kubernetes deployments with continuous security. Alcide provides a K8s-native, AI-driven security platform for configuration risks, visibility, runtime security events, and a single policy framework across Kubernetes clusters.