2020 Technology of the Year: Kubernetes Control Planes
Reviewing last year’s new technologies and looking forward to the year head, we found one trend that will no doubt continue to be big in 2021: Kubernetes-based control planes. The time has come, as we have long observed, to do something about the complexity that Kubernetes, and cloud services in general, pose to developers. A universal control plane is a way to solve this issue.
A universal control plane would set the stage for enterprises to build their own Kubernetes-based self-service style Platform as a Service for their developers. "In many organizations, it is an anti-pattern to give developers direct access to the cloud. It's a very large surface area of things that they can get wrong," Upbound CEO Bassam Tabbara explained in a one-day virtual event dedicated to control planes last month, hosted by his company.
Crossplane is Upbound’s own open source control plane, and it has garnered a lot of early buzz in this field: IBM is testing Crossplane now to help users unify operations on its IBM Cloud. Kubernetes powers the control plane, though the developers need not worry about it. The crucial early work was a standardized template called the Open Application Model (OAM), which is quickly becoming the de facto standard in the Kubernetes community. Another OAM-based project gaining traction is KubeVela, an extensible “platform engine,” as the developers of the project explained.
This year, we went the extra distance in looking over the growing portfolio of technologies we cover at TNS, to pinpoint which ones made the biggest impact in the cloud native world, and which ones you should watch more closely in the year to come.
Cloud reporter Mary Branscombe offered a wide-ranging overview of the cloud services space. The year ahead, she predicts, will see organizations taking a serious look at their cloud expenditures, looking for ways to optimize their IT spend. And TNS culture reporter David Cassel takes a look at all the other geeky news we may have missed during the past tumultuous year, such as former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold revealing the fascinating results of his 18-month project to take high-resolution photographs of snowflakes.
And finally, for the podcast listeners out there, TNS European correspondent B. Cameron Gain compiled a list of our top podcast episodes from the past year, discussing everything from the evolution of the service mesh to climate change.