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Kubecost 2023 Predictions: An Uncertain Economy Impacts Enterprises' Kubernetes Practices


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An Uncertain Economy Impacts Enterprises' Kubernetes Practices

By Stacy Tumarkin, Head of Operations at Kubecost

Economic conditions will have an outsized effect on enterprises' Kubernetes strategies in 2023, as businesses navigate reining in development costs without hampering growth and productivity.

With macro forces in mind, here are three predictions for how enterprises will approach their Kubernetes deployments in the coming year:

1) Enterprises will be cutting (unnecessary) Kubernetes costs wherever they can.

Kubernetes cost efficiency was not a top priority amid the initial excitement around Kubernetes adoption and the rush to implement modern development practices (and as a result, Kubernetes costs have ballooned). Now that economic headwinds have enterprises tightening budgets and adopting more conservative spending postures, understanding cost drivers and implementing controls will increasingly be a focus.

Additionally, inefficiencies that were tolerable in smaller-scale Kubernetes testing have led to exorbitant overspend when Kubernetes environments ramped up to enterprise scale. And automation built to support modernized cloud infrastructure tooling only contributes to these issues: it's easier than ever to overprovision resources for Kubernetes, and often quite difficult to visualize which processes are responsible for costly overprovisioning. In 2023, Kubernetes cost visibility that puts overprovisioning under a microscope will be a top enterprise priority. Increasingly popular tools like the open source CNCF project OpenCost will see even more adoption.

2) Cultural change will be at the heart of enterprises' Kubernetes cost control strategies.

The imperative to control Kubernetes overspending will lead enterprises down a path of pairing greater cost visibility for development teams with greater cost responsibility in the form of governance models. First, enterprises will adopt Kubernetes monitoring to deliver granular, real-time cloud cost visibility and management and assign costs to individual teams, making cost drivers clear even in multi-tenant environments. We expect enterprises to then begin pushing for cultural changes that emphasize budget-level accountability at the team level. This will start with showbacks that give team leaders visibility into the costs they're responsible for, and then ramp up to chargebacks, where teams are actually paying for their unnecessary costs. In 2023, reducing Kubernetes spending bloat won't be a one-off project; organizations will be looking to instill a culture of cost-efficiency as they scale their containerized applications.

3) Enterprises will hone the developer experience they offer as it relates to Kubernetes.

A challenging economy will lead to smaller dev and engineering teams-and make the tools and processes that organizations use for Kubernetes even more critical. While Kubernetes migrations and growth are not expected to slow down, enterprise teams will be expected to do more with fewer resources. Since Kubernetes can already be complex to use effectively, organizations must create strategies to make the "do more with less" approach actually work. Turning governance models into scalable, automated optimization strategies will be more important than ever; it'll be crucial for teams to get this right in order to meaningfully streamline Kubernetes management and monitoring.

More specifically, I think we'll see more organizations start using internal developer platforms (IDPs) to make it easier for developers to manage and use Kubernetes resources. Additionally, more robust governance for Kubernetes will play a role in improving developer efficiency in 2023. By providing clear guidelines and policies for managing Kubernetes resources at scale, organizations can help developers navigate the complexities of the platform and avoid common mistakes. This maturing developer environment will improve confidence and proficiency with Kubernetes in 2023, making it easier for developers to use the platform effectively and efficiently.



Stacy Tumarkin 

Stacy Tumarkin is Head of Operations at Kubecost, a solution for Kubernetes cost monitoring and management at scale. She has helped scale finance and operations in leadership roles at multiple high-growth companies, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Published Wednesday, January 04, 2023 10:00 AM by David Marshall
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