Navigating the Cloud Native Horizon: A Vision for 2024 and Beyond

In setting the stage for the year 2024, we project the trajectory of cloud native adoption, building upon and analyzing our predictions from January 2023. We aim to delineate the current position of cloud native technology along the adoption curve within expansive enterprises spanning diverse industries.

In 2024, the landscape of container platforms and Kubernetes is set to witness significant shifts, reflecting both growing demand and looming challenges. Kubermatic, a leading provider of automated kubernetes management solutions, anticipates an upward trajectory in container platform demand worldwide. However, enterpise’s competitiveness in this domain faces threats due to sluggish digitization, skills shortages, and inadequate educational focus on the subject.

Impact of AI on Container Technology

Within the realm of containers and Kubernetes, a pivotal query arises concerning the interplay between the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and container technology. Enterprises are increasingly seeking container platforms to execute their AI models. Simultaneously, leveraging AI to streamline platform operations and tackle repetitive tasks becomes imperative. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that AI demands profound expertise, making it a domain for seasoned professionals rather than novices in the learning curve.

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NIS2 Directive and Container Security

The impending NIS2 Directive for the European Union, effective from October 2024, will influence container security, thrusting container platforms into the spotlight. Legacy IT systems struggle to align with the “cloud native” evolution. While cloud native technology inherently offers resilience, it also presents fresh challenges for enterprises.

Economic Outlook and IT Projects

Amid economically uncertain prospects, there arises the question of whether this will impact the initiation of new container projects. Stagnation in digitalization and the reluctance to adopt new technologies could widen the gap between local and international competitors. Addressing this divergence should be a focal point for Enterprises, especially considering a growth opportunity there competitors.

Skill Shortages and Educational Focus

Enterprises grapple with a persistent shortage of container experts, attributed partly to the neglect of container-related education in universities and educational institutions. This reliance on importing knowledge results in project delays, affecting competitive positioning.

Future Outlook for Containers and Kubernetes

Containers and Kubernetes will retain a prominent position on the agendas of many companies in 2024. However, the emphasis will increasingly shift toward aspects of security and stabilization.


The landscape of container technology in 2024 presents both promise and challenges. To maintain competitiveness, Enterprises must address skill shortages, prioritize education, and embrace technological advancements.

It’s pivotal to assess your digital transformation objectives and gauge your IT organization’s progress along the cloud native journey.

Consider these pivotal questions:

  • Have you established a robust cloud native strategy, roadmap, and architecture?
  • Are you fostering a culture of transformation within your IT team, nurturing a shift in skills, mindsets, and processes?
  • Does your team possess the necessary technical prowess for Kubernetes and other cloud native tools?
  • Encountering challenges along this path?

Reach out to us. We specialize in resolving these hurdles and accelerating your stride toward the cloud native landscape.

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Kubermatic Kubernetes Platform is an enterprise software platform company that enables enterprises and service providers to deliver automated multi-cloud operations. Kubermatic Kubernetes Platform automates thousands of Kubernetes clusters across any infrastructure on multi-cloud, on-prem and edge with unparalleled density and resilience. With Kubermatic Kubernetes Platform, developers work with the cloud native stack they prefer and have freedom of choice and a consistent experience across all environments. By automating operations, teams focus on writing the next generation of ground-breaking applications, not operations.

Sebastian Scheele

Sebastian Scheele

Co-founder and CEO