In April, the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2023 held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was one of the largest open-source conferences ever, with over 12,000 attendees. Together with valuable insights, the event confirmed once again that Kubernetes is the centre of cloud-native computing. An interesting article on Silverlinings from Steven Vaughan Nichols describes 5 highlights from the show, and we summarise them here:
- Demand for Experts
Cloud-native professionals are in high demand; Every company in the market is hiring Kubernetes experts, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies like IBM, Microsoft, and AWS. SUSE and KubeCampus.io also launched new Kubernetes training programs to fill the shortage of cloud-native programmers, DevOps, security professionals, and administrators.
- K8s 1.27
Released before KubeCon, Kubernetes 1.27 includes a few changes; two of them are most important for anyone serious about using Kubernetes: a new community image registry, register.k8s.io, replaces the old name k8s.gcr.io and SeccompDefault is now stable, a property that makes Kubernetes containers more secure by limiting the effective process to a certain number of system calls.
- Automation for Security
The use of automation in software supply chain security is gaining popularity due to the lack of qualified security personnel. Companies use software bill of materials (SBOM) and Supply-chain Levels for Software Artifacts (SLSA) tools to protect software products by building security in integration and deployment (CICD) pipelines.
- SLSA v1.0
Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) president Brian Behlendorf said that the stable release of SLSA v1.0 is an important step in improving the security of software products. It provides developers with the tools necessary to measure high dependencies, measure the reliability of legacy products, and measure compliance efforts in the future Secure Software Development Framework (SSDF).
- Generative AI & Cloud
Generative AI and the cloud are also a highlight at KubeCon, where programs like ChatGPT that use generative AI for speech and emerging with cloud-native computing are discussed. Some companies, such as Microsoft, are already exploring the use of generative AI to optimise container workloads and reduce costs by predicting the optimal resources needed to run applications.
Read the full article here: https://www.silverliningsinfo.com/multi-cloud/kubecon-five-biggest-trends-kubernetes-love-fest-amsterdam