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Published on 12/17/2023
Last updated on 03/22/2024

Kubecon Wrapup


KubeCon North America 2023 in Chicago was a thrilling event, filled with buzz and excitement. OutShift was there with an innovative booth, showcasing their cloud native security solution. Panoptica. Let's break down some of the cool stuff that happened and the interesting news that was announced there.

Key Takeaways and Trends

1. AI/ML Gold Rush: It seems like AI and Machine Learning are becoming the new big thing in the cloud-native ecosystem. There was a palpable gold rush vibe, with a significant portion of talks focusing on these topics.

2. Platform Engineering Over DevOps: DevOps is taking a backseat as Platform Engineering comes into the limelight. This shift recognizes the need for common solutions in deployment and operational complexities, suggesting that teams will be doing less DevOps outside their application scope.

3. Developer Experience: There's a growing emphasis on the developer experience, reflecting a shift in Kubernetes and cloud-native technologies from early adopters to a broader audience.

4. Sustainability Focus: With data centers consuming about 2% of global power, sustainability was a big topic. Accurate metrics for understanding the carbon footprint in software and infrastructure were discussed as a challenge.

5. Service Mesh and eBPF: Service Mesh technology, particularly with eBPF (a low-level technology), was a significant subject. Cilium, an eBPF-based technology, was promoted to a graduate project, highlighting its importance.

6. WebAssembly (WASM): WebAssembly stood out as one of the most discussed low-level technologies, especially its application in developing plugins for API gateways and service meshes.

Specific Announcements

1. Kubernetes Updates: The new features in Kubernetes 1.27 and 1.28 were highlighted, including IPv6 dual-stack, topology-aware service routing, graceful node shutdown, and improved CRI-O support. Future challenges and opportunities like scaling, simplifying, and extending Kubernetes were also discussed.

2. OpenTelemetry: This project was spotlighted for its role in improving software supply chain security. It aims to provide observability across multiple domains, thereby enhancing the security and integrity of the software development and delivery lifecycle.

3. Crossplane Project: Announced as an incubating project, Crossplane allows the management of cloud services and infrastructure using Kubernetes APIs, supporting a wide range of cloud providers and environments.

4. eBPF Documentary: A documentary titled "eBPF: Unlocking the Kernel" was shown, exploring the origins and impact of eBPF technology in areas like networking, security, and performance optimization.

5. Focus on AI, WASM, and Quantum Computing: Various sessions addressed the integration and challenges of AI, WebAssembly, and quantum computing in enhancing cloud-native application capabilities.

Overall Impact

The event underscored the cloud-native community's evolution, with a focus on emerging technologies like AI and sustainability, shifts in practices such as the rise of platform engineering, and continuous innovation in foundational technologies like Kubernetes and WebAssembly.

KubeCon North America 2023 was more than just a conference; it was a glimpse into the future of cloud-native technology, showcasing a vibrant and evolving ecosystem ready to tackle new challenges and embrace groundbreaking innovations.

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