Sumo Logic's annual report

State of the cloud 2019: Multi-cloud and Kubernetes go hand in hand

Sarah Schlothauer
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Sumo Logic’s annual report reveals some observations and insights about modern applications and DevSecOps in the cloud. Multi-cloud solutions, Kubernetes, AWS, and open source software are all having a banner year according to data from Sumo Logic’s customers. See the key findings, including the top five AWS services and database technologies.

Is it time to migrate to the cloud? What about multi-cloud solutions? Should your infrastructure platform use mostly open source applications? Sumo Logic’s latest report may help answer some of these questions.

Sumo Logic released exclusive research about multi-cloud solutions, open source tech, and cloud-native services adoption.Continuous Intelligence Report: The State of Modern Applications and DevSecOps in the Cloud” unveils some numbers and facts about the current cloud landscape.

Let’s recap some of their findings and see what takeaways and trends you can reap from their annual report. The report uses data from over 2,000 Sumo Logic customers, using platforms including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Multi-cloud rising

As cloud computing becomes more common, multi-cloud solutions are on its way to becoming the norm. According to the report, multi-cloud adoption has grown by 50% since last year and AWS currently dominates the charts.

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In 2019, 13% of Sumo Logic customers use multi-cloud.

This growing strategy falls in line with a report from RightScale. The 2019 RightScale State of the Cloud Survey also highlighted that multi-cloud is growing. It was the number one solution for the vast majority of survey respondents (84%).

Kubernetes & open source growth

Kubernetes, the production-grade container orchestration management tool, continues to grow in usage. Since the software is flexible and horizontally scalable, it can be used by a wide range of companies, no matter the size or need. Well-known companies such as The New York Times, Zalando, Spotify, Squarespace, and even Pokemon Go use Kubernetes.

It is becoming increasingly common in multi-cloud environments. In 2018, only 14% of AWS customers using orchestration used Kubernetes. However, Sumo Logic reports than 1 in 5 AWS customers use Kubernetes in 2019.

When we spoke to Ben Newton, Director of Product Marketing at Sumo Logic, here’s what he had to say about Kubernetes:

Kubernetes is absolutely central to cloud adoption, and taking it one step further, is crucial for widespread multi-cloud adoption. AWS, Azure and GCP have all adopted Kubernetes on their platforms, which means the confusing and clashing standards for running server-style applications on those platforms are now less of an issue. Kubernetes is also a natural fit for both on-premises and cloud environments.

Ben Newton

Since Kubernetes is open source, the rise of open source software usage in the enterprise grows alongside of it.

Serverless continues its leap forward

It’s not just a buzzword. Serverless computing provides solutions at an affordable price point for many companies looking for a way to run code without managing complex, always-on, server infrastructure.

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According to Sumo Logic, serverless technology has risen in popularity in just one year. AWS Lamba, in particular, is a favorite serverless tool. The report states: “AWS Lambda adoption has grown dramatically from 29% (2018) to 36% (2019)”.

AWS Lambda is also used a lot in non-production use cases and has become one of the top 10 AWS services by adoption as they continue their cloud migration and digital transformation efforts.

AWS services

What are some of the best services for AWS? With all the AWS services out there, many users might feel overwhelmed by choice. Sumo Logic sheds some light on the current trends. According to their data, despite the high number of services for AWS, the median number of services used is 15.

Top 5 services used in AWS

  1. EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud)
  2. RDS (Amazon Relational Database Service)
  3. IAM (Identity and Access Management)
  4. STS (Security Token Service)
  5. CloudFormation

Docker adoption is also on the rise in AWS, with 1 in 3 enterprises using it currently. Its rate of growth is not as high compared to Kubernetes, but remains fairly consistent. In 2018, 28% of AWS users used Docker; in 2019 30% are using it.

Top 5 AWS database technologies

  1. Redis
  2. MYSQL
  3. PostgresSQL
  4. MongoDB
  5. Dynamo

For more information and insights, download the Continuous Intelligence report and check out the findings for yourself. This Sumo Logic blog post by Kalyan Ramanathan also details some of the key findings and observations.

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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