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The Fairwinds team’s predictions for cloud native and Kubernetes as we approach 2023 are as follows: Kendall Miller, Robert Brennan, Andy Suderman, and Bill Ledingham

FinOps was on the rise in 2022 as more businesses sought to comprehend cloud consumption as the economy makes it a priority. In addition, despite the fact that many businesses have experimented with FinOps, the demand for it will rise in 2023 as businesses attempt to cut costs in order to weather economic uncertainty. Organizations must better manage cloud costs in light of the ongoing trend toward cloud adoption and increased spending. To drive changes in consumption, more businesses will form a FinOps team of technical and business stakeholders.

As opposed to spending directly on EC2 instances, for instance, there will be an increase in spending on Kubernetes clusters. That implies for Kubernetes clients, it will turn out to be critical to acquire perceivability into rightsizing amazing open doors so that cloud utilization can be upgraded in light of Kubernetes jobs, namespaces and marks.

Service ownership adoption continues with shift-left development The “shift-left,” or “everything moves towards developers,” movement will continue in 2023. Over the past two years, we’ve seen it as marketing buzz, but the truth is that more developers are being asked to do everything, like build the application, protect it, and right-size cloud usage. This can only be accomplished by incorporating shift-left tooling into the technology that developers are already familiar with and adore. It will make it possible for developers to “code it, ship it, own it,” also known as “service ownership.” In 2023, platform engineering teams will spend more time choosing tools to enable service ownership and free up time for innovation.

Security Will Always Be a Problem Despite the fact that this may seem obvious, security will always be a problem—it will never get better. DevSecOps, or security and development teams, still lack sufficient coordination to truly improve many organizations’ security posture.

Network policy has lagged behind other security considerations like container and configuration scanning, which will gain popularity. We anticipate that more businesses will start using network policy to protect their Kubernetes environments and reduce an attack’s blast radius by 2023.

The requirement for Kubernetes guardrails will become commonplace as a result of the continuing trend toward Kubernetes adoption in 2023. DevOps will require the same level of policy as other technologies across the business as its use grows. In order to maximize cloud usage while simultaneously increasing applications’ security and dependability, Kubernetes guardrails will need to be implemented.

Improvements are driven by cloud-native automation, but there just isn’t enough time or resources to do everything. In order to reduce costs and increase security, automation will be more widely used in cloud native by 2023. Automation will make things better so that people can spend more time on creative activities and may lead to the consolidation of tools to control environments.

In addition, controlling cloud spending will be significantly aided by automation. Since manual adjustments are time-consuming, expensive, and highly inaccurate, businesses will turn to automation for some parts of the puzzle.

Utilization of Kubernetes and open source technologies associated with it are now commonplace in many enterprise organizations. Kubernetes is an open source platform in and of itself. In addition, despite the widespread adoption of open source software, proprietary software purchases have historically provided greater security. More businesses will use open source security tools to protect Kubernetes in 2023.

However, as projects accidentally publish packages with vulnerabilities, the number of open source supply chain attacks may rise as a result of this increased usage. This will be a double-edged sword for businesses to take into consideration.

Cloud Service Providers Seek to Keep Kubernetes Users Alive Cloud service providers have continued to integrate open source software into their managed Kubernetes services. With increasing functionality on a regular basis, this trend will continue. Lock in presents a challenge for end users. In 2023, you will need to pay close attention to what you use from a cloud provider versus where you use from a third-party provider and be careful about it.

Cloud Native Predictions for 2023