PRO TALK: The Future of Kubernetes

Viktor Farcic
Shipa, Principal DevOps Architect

Viktor Farcic is a Developer Advocate at Shipa, a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and a published author.

His big passions are DevOps, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).

He often speaks at community gatherings and conferences.

He published The DevOps Toolkit Series (, DevOps Paradox ( and Test-Driven Java Development (, as well as courses in Udemy (

His random thoughts and tutorials can be found in his blog

He is a co-host of DevOps Paradox ( podcast.

Since the emergence of Kubernetes, we hoped that developers will adopt it. That did not happen, and it will likely never happen. Developers do not need Kubernetes. They need to write code, and they need an easy way to build, test, and deploy their applications. It is unrealistic to expect developers to spend years learning Kubernetes.

On the other hand, operators and sysadmins need Kubernetes. It gives them all they need to run systems at scale. Nevertheless, operators also need to empower developers to deploy their own applications. They need to enable developers by providing services rather than doing actual deployments.

So, we have conflicting needs. Kubernetes is necessary to some and a burden to others. Can we satisfy all? Can we have a system that is based on Kubernetes yet easy to operate? Can we make Kubernetes disappear and become an implementation detail running in the background?

Let's discuss where Kubernetes is going and how it might look like in the future.