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The Future of Kubernetes in 2017

2017 is the year Kubernetes becomes the backbone of distributed systems. In 2016, the Kubernetes community greatly expanded as more people understood the potential of container orchestration.

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As the community of users has grown, so has the number of people and organizations who contribute to the project, overall increasing the capabilities of Kubernetes.

As it continues to gain popularity and widespread use, Kubernetes is blending into the background as the de facto infrastructure powering distributed systems. With CoreOS Tectonic, the first self-driving Kubernetes solution, Kubernetes customers no longer have to focus on their infrastructure and can instead focus on innovating.

This year, the industry will unify behind Kubernetes, Kubernetes technology will stabilize, and Kubernetes will become ubiquitous. By this time next year, we believe the industry will be more focused on the technology that can be built on Kubernetes than Kubernetes itself.

A unified industry push towards Kubernetes

As an industry, we will continue to push Kubernetes forward. Even companies competing in this market will work together to improve the technology towards our shared vision of what the Kubernetes ecosystem looks like. It’s like we’re all inventing an iPhone together: a powerful platform that enables us to build new kinds of app companies. We can’t wait to see what inventive companies will emerge as Kubernetes becomes the standard for infrastructure deployments.

Upleveling the conversation: Kubernetes will get boring as the technology stabilizes as plumbing

Instead of adding features to Kubernetes, development will focus on ease of use, stability, and scalability. This is crucial for enterprise adoption, as this shift in focus will provide the stability needed for large-scale production deployments. This is a necessity for Kubernetes to become the plumbing of distributed systems.

Kubernetes becomes ubiquitous

Kubernetes, as an open source project, has two major advantages: industry momentum, and excellent technology. Kubernetes has enough momentum that it is a force on its own, maintained by a non-partisan community and governing body (under the Cloud Native Computing Foundation). We’ve seen this before with OpenStack, which is now a major player in the infrastructure market.

Second, the technology is solid and tested by internet giants. Born out of Google and based on Google’s Borg technology, Kubernetes is the way hyperscale giants run their distributed systems, and they do it with great success. To go back to the iPhone metaphor: there were smartphones before the iPhone, but the iPhone nailed it in a very special way that changed the way the world interacts with technology on a fundamental level. Similarly, Kubernetes will revolutionize the way we run infrastructure and enable a host of new technologies and applications.

Post-Kubernetes companies will emerge

We’ll see the first set of “post-Kubernetes” companies emerge: ones that are building tech that assumes Kubernetes at their core. These are products that are built just on Kubernetes, like the Operators we’re developing at CoreOS. Deis Workflow is an example of a Kubernetes-first app, as are the “serverless” systems emerging around Kubernetes. These are all apps that become wildly easier to build because of Kubernetes. The Uber of distributed computing will emerge thanks to Kubernetes.

In 2017, we look forward to working with you in the Kubernetes community to make Kubernetes the ubiquitous technology for self-driving infrastructure, as well as working with your business to help you benefit from all that Kubernetes has to offer.

CoreOS announces self-driving Kubernetes with Tectonic