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Kubernetes Predictions Were Wrong

In 2020, there were speculations that Kubernetes might disappear within a year, replaced by a simpler alternative that would become the default choice. But fast forward to 2024, and Kubernetes is still going strong. So, why haven’t we found a solution to its complexity?

The crux of the matter lies in the multitude of choices surrounding Kubernetes. While Kubernetes itself isn’t inherently complex, the vast ecosystem of tools, options, and decisions associated with it can be overwhelming. From choosing where to run it to configuring it for different types of applications, users are faced with numerous decisions just to get started.

And it’s not just about Kubernetes – it’s about the entire ecosystem that comes with it. Whether it’s dealing with containers, infrastructure automation, or container registries, the sheer number of choices can lead to cognitive overload, particularly for developers focused on delivering business solutions.

To put it in perspective, imagine trying to buy a bike, but instead of purchasing a complete one, you have to buy each component separately. While some may appreciate the flexibility, for many, it’s just too much to handle.

This is where platform engineering comes into play. While there may not be a one-size-fits-all solution for Kubernetes, organizations can create their own simplified paths tailored to their specific needs. Starting with standardized configurations, organizations can gradually evolve towards user-friendly interfaces that abstract away complexities, allowing developers to focus on their tasks without getting bogged down in details.

Despite its challenges, Kubernetes continues to grow, indicating that its benefits outweigh the initial adoption hurdles. With the assistance of platform teams, organizations can streamline their Kubernetes setups while still accommodating local contexts. Perhaps the predictions of Kubernetes fading away were just premature.

For those interested in delving deeper into Kubernetes and the cloud native ecosystem, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe in Paris from March 19–22 could be a valuable opportunity to explore further.

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