Sumo Logic sees surging Serverless, Containers adoption

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If you’re using Serverless, Kubernetes, Docker and DevSecOps, congratulations – you’re in excellent company according to Sumo Logic’s latest delve into its customers’ application stacks.

The machine analytics vendor’s latest research into around 2000 of its customers showed rapid take-up of Serverless, while  containers and orchestration technologies were “exploding”, said Kalyan Ramanathan, Sumo Logic’s vp of product marketing.

The numbers show one in three enterprises using managed or native Kubernetes orchestration, while 28 per cent of enterprises were using Docker containers on AWS. This compares to 18 per cent in 2016. Kubernetes was being used by 14 per cent of customers, up from 8 per cent a year ago, while ECS use was 20 per cent up from 20 per cent.

But does this reflect use of the technology in production? Ramanathan said if it was coming up in Sumo Logic’s figures, which are derived from the data its paying customers sends to its for analysis, it was de facto in production.

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Ramanathan said there was also an undoubted uptake of Serverless technology, and “in practice” this was Lambda, with one in three customers using AWS Lambda technologies: “We don’t see a lot of Azure functions yet.”

This encouraged SumoLogic to go so far as to say “Lambda usage for application of deployment automation technology should be considered for every production application.”

That said, “the use cases are still a little up for debate right now.” Serverless was being used in a lot of DevOps cases, such as deployment or automation, or data migration between applications he continued.

While guitar giant Fender, for example, was powering its mobile app on Serverless, seeing “core” applications running on serverless was “an unusual use case.”

Just to complete the buzzword bonanza amongst Sumo Logic’s customers, the firm identified strong adoption of DevSecOps, while more than a quarter of companies were using cloud native security services.

When it came to CI/CD pipeline monitoring tools, Jenkins accounted for 13 per cent of instances, GitHub for 9 per cent, and JFrog for 4 per cent.

While the figures might draw a picture of user base that is rapidly embracing new methodologies to underpin their application stacks, Ramanathan said there were some surprising gaps. Load balancers did not show up in a statistically meaningful way, leading him to wonder “how our customers are doing this.”

When it came to database technology, NoSQL technologies were winning out on AWS, at 45 per cent over all, compared to RDBMS at 39 per cent. Two of the top three databases on AWS were noSQL, while Oracle and Microsoft SQL lagged in usage, at 5.4 per cent and 7 per cent respectively.

The figures were drawn from around 2000 paying Sumo Logic customers, and showed overwhelming use of AWS – amongst Sumo Logic’s customer base at least – at 70 per cent. Azure accounted for 5 per cent. Multi cloud use doubled to 9 per cent, and Sumo Logic was seeing some early adoption of Google Cloud.

Sumo Logic itself runs on AWS, and Ramanathan accepted that the figures were “a little skewed” towards Amazon’s platform.

He added that Azure has developed a good management stack, and “customers may choose to work with its native management stack”.

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