Amid all the activity and excitement at KubeCon and ArgoCon 2023 – including some exciting news of our own – the CNCF released the results of a new micro survey assessing trends in GitOps adoption. There’s a lot of great data tucked inside, and worth the read to find out what peers across the industry are saying about GitOps usage in their organizations.
GitOps shows us the way forward for building and deploying software leveraging automation that improves efficiency, consistency, reliability and security – all of which enhances overall productivity and competitiveness. In Codefresh’s own experience, teams that adopt GitOps have reported 25% faster deployments.
The new CNCF data demonstrates that there’s consensus agreement that GitOps best practices are here to stay, and there’s a shared commitment to seeing software delivery done right.
A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS
What does the new CNCF survey data say about GitOps adoption today? One way to look at it is that we’re well past the evangelization stage. DevOps teams know they need GitOps and they know why.
60% of CNCF survey participants have been using GitOps tools and practices for over a year. An additional 31% onboarded GitOps in the last 12 months. Among the few remaining holdouts, 67% of them anticipate that they’ll adopt GitOps in the next 12 months (source: CNCF).
Why are users adopting GitOps so voraciously? According to the CNCF survey: Faster software delivery was ranked the number-one reason for embracing GitOps (71%), with improved configuration management and greater deployment consistency tying second and third at 66% each.
The new CNCF data also shows that security is top of mind among survey participants. Per CNCF, “GitOps’ inherent automation is seen as a means to replace mistake-prone manual processes, removing the risk of misconfigurations that have long been exploited by attackers. Swapping manual for automation was ranked the number-one security benefit at 69%.”
This reflects a growing imperative to not only eliminate the risk of security breaches going to production, but also to reduce the costs of fixing vulnerabilities by nixing them early in the development lifecycle before they manifest as compliance violations down the road. Per the CNCF survey, 60% of respondents also said that fast repair and rollback are key objectives in the quest to improve security.
GITOPS TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
DevOps leaders and teams have a growing list of options to choose from when it comes to demonstrating and certifying their GitOps skills. The CNCF and Linux Foundation are expected to roll out a new GitOps training and certification course, and Codefresh applauds their initiative here. In the meantime, the new CNCF data shows that Codefresh’s GitOps for Argo training and certification course stands alone as the most popular GitOps program available today.
Codefresh’s GitOps Certification is also the fastest growing GitOps certification program, with enrollment ramping faster than 10,000 participants per year. This surge in GitOps adoption exemplifies the DevOps community’s commitment to achieving faster, more reliable software delivery with GitOps best practices. As of today, there are approximately 22,000 students enrolled and/or certified in Codefresh’s GitOps for Argo training and certification program devoted to growing our global community expertise in software delivery.
Codefresh is fully committed to investing in GitOps training and certification to realize the full promise of frictionless continuous delivery for DevOps teams today and tomorrow. To learn more or enroll in the GitOps for Argo training and certification program, course details and registration are available here.
For a deeper understanding of the state of GitOps adoption today, we invite one and all to check out the full CNCF GitOps micro survey report. Community members from the Continuous Delivery Foundation, Codefresh, and Weaveworks helped design the survey, and the full survey data is available on GitHub for those interested.