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Cloud Foundry report: Severless computing and container technologies are in full swing

Sarah Schlothauer
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As severless computing and container technology reach their peak, Cloud Foundry explores what IT decision makers have to say. Let’s explore the data and see what the numbers have to say about these computing trends.

Yesterday, we took a look at the results of the Currents report on developer trends in the cloud that takes the pulse of cloud technologies and adoption from the developers’ point of view.
Today we are shifting our focus towards the decision makers and we take a look at the Cloud Foundry report.

Cloud Foundry released some research conducted by ClearPath Strategies and community support by Pivotal with some interesting takeaways. More than 600 IT decision makers were surveyed about their cloud-native adoption. The report, titled “Where PaaS, Containers and Severless Stand in a Multi-Platform World” shows us that both severless and container technologies are not stopping anytime soon.

More and more companies are adopting cloud-native tools and using them side by side with other technologies, such as platform as a service, containers, and severless. Let’s dive into the data and take a look at what Cloud Foundry discovered and see how this affects the landscape.

SEE ALSO: What do developer trends in the cloud look like?

Adopting severless

46% of surveyed companies use severless computing. Compared to the last survey, that’s an entire 10% improvement. When nearly half of companies use a technology, it’s time to pay attention. Severless is on the upswing, and it is doing so with a rapid pace.

It was only 2017 when a majority of respondents said that they were not using severless computing. But now, that number has reduced to 43%. Meanwhile, 35% of IT Decision Makers report that they will be evaluating and using severless computing soon.

Containers on the rise

72% of respondents reported that they are using or evaluating containers, which is a record high!

The numbers of those not utilizing containers continues to drop, quarter after quarter. Back in 2016, 34% of companies said they were not using containers. Now, only 19% aren’t on board. Those who are planning to use the technology keeps on growing.

Multi-platform is key

39% of IT Decision Makers use PaaS, containers, and severless together in their cloud-journey. These multi-platform approach is becoming more and more popular as companies learn the best ways to use technology side by side.


Source: Cloud Foundry

SEE ALSO: Report: What does the containers security status look like?

Following the tech trends

It’s easy to get swept up in a tech trend and believe that it’s more useful than it really is. Many times companies adopt technologies that don’t benefit them, or are too difficult to implement with minimal positives. On the other side of the coin, if a trend is beneficial, it shouldn’t be ignored.

Here’s what tech is trending and what companies plan to use within the foreseeable timeline:


Source: Cloud Foundry

  • DevOps and containers are tied for the currently most used technology
  • Continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) is set to be the most used/evaluated tech in the next 12 months.
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) is a hot item, with a combined 45% of companies seeing it in their future, although it is only used by a smattering 21% of companies.
  • Coming in last place, function as a service (FaaS) is used by the least about of companies. However, 23% plan to use/evaluate it soon. It may be worth keeping an eye on, even though 28% of companies do not plan to use it and 20% of companies simply do not know.

With this data we can make some predictions about what the year’s stats will hold. It is looking like we will see a rise in CI/CD, containers, cloud-native architecture, and machine learning for the rest of 2018.

Sarah Schlothauer

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Sarah Schlothauer is the editor for She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and cat where she enjoys reading, writing, and medieval reenactment. She is also the editor for Conditio Humana, an online magazine about ethics, AI, and technology.

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