Get to know Khushboo

Khushboo Khatter on Kubestronaut in Orbit

Khushboo Khatter is an IT professional with over 8 years of experience and 6 of those working with Kubernetes. She has a passion for cloud technologies and enjoys exploring cutting-edge CNCF tools. She has a particular enthusiasm for Kubernetes, and loves diving into its complexities.

If you’d like to be a Kubestronaut like Khushboo, get more details on the CNCF Kubestronaut page. 

When did you get started with kubernetes–what was your first project?

In 2018, I embarked on my Kubernetes journey, eager to explore its potential in cloud-native computing. One of my early projects involved migrating a monolithic app to microservices using Kubernetes. 

Installing Kubernetes from scratch was a challenge, but it taught me valuable lessons in resilience and problem-solving. 

As we progressed, Kubernetes proved indispensable in orchestrating our containerized workloads and optimizing resource utilization. This project ignited my passion for cloud-native technologies and set the stage for further exploration and innovation in the field.

What are the primary CNCF projects you work on or use today?  What projects have you enjoyed the most in your career?

The primary CNCF projects I work with or use regularly include Kubernetes, Prometheus, Istio, Helm, Fluentd, and OpenTelemetry. These projects have played a crucial role in my career, enabling me to build scalable and resilient applications. Among them, Kubernetes stands out as the most impactful, revolutionizing the way we deploy and manage containerized applications. 

Additionally, Prometheus, Istio, Helm, Fluentd, and OpenTelemetry have further enhanced my capabilities by providing advanced monitoring, networking, package management, logging, and observability solutions. Together, these projects form the backbone of cloud-native infrastructure and applications, empowering organizations to embrace modern software practices and deliver innovative solutions.

What motivated you to get all the kubernetes certs?

I pursued Kubernetes certifications driven by a blend of professional ambition and personal growth. Recognising Kubernetes as pivotal in modern tech, I sought to deepen my expertise and validate my skills in cloud-native technologies. Achieving these certifications not only enhanced my career prospects but also fueled my passion for continuous learning and mastery of transformative technologies.

How have the certs helped you in your career? 

The Kubernetes certifications have significantly boosted my career by validating my expertise, opening up new job opportunities, and expanding my skill set. They’ve sharpened my problem-solving abilities and connected me with a vibrant professional network. Overall, they’ve been instrumental in advancing my career in cloud-native technologies.

What are some other books/sites/courses you recommend for people who want to work with k8s?

Here are some of the resources I recommend for getting started and learning more:


Online Courses:


Hands-On Labs:

What do you do in your free time?

During my free time, I dive headfirst into the ever-evolving world of technology, eagerly exploring the latest advancements and experimenting with new tools and features.

Staying connected to the pulse of the industry is a joy for me. I keep myself updated by devouring tech blogs, tuning into insightful podcasts, and engaging in lively discussions with fellow developers across forums and social media.

But life isn’t just about screens and keyboards! I find immense pleasure in the simple joys of the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking amidst the beauty of nature, cycling along scenic routes, or simply basking in the tranquility of a park, I cherish moments of connection with the world around me.

For me, finding harmony between my passion for technology and the rejuvenating power of outdoor activities is essential. It’s this balance that fuels my creativity and ensures a well-rounded and fulfilling lifestyle.

As you know, Kubernetes is turning 10 this year, what are you most excited about for Kubernetes in the next 10 years?

As Kubernetes celebrates its remarkable 10-year journey, I’m filled with anticipation for what the next decade holds for this groundbreaking technology.

One aspect that excites me the most is the continued evolution of Kubernetes as the de facto standard for container orchestration. As it becomes even more mature and robust, I envision Kubernetes playing an increasingly central role in shaping the future of cloud-native computing.

Additionally, I’m eager to witness the proliferation of Kubernetes beyond traditional IT domains.

Furthermore, I anticipate seeing significant advancements in Kubernetes’ ecosystem, with the emergence of new tools, technologies, and best practices that further streamline and enhance the deployment and management of containerized applications.

Moreover, I’m excited about Kubernetes’ role in enabling the next wave of innovation in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. By providing a scalable and flexible platform for running these workloads, Kubernetes will empower organizations to unlock valuable insights and drive transformative change.

Overall, I believe that Kubernetes will continue to be at the forefront of the cloud-native revolution, ushering in a new era of agility, scalability, and efficiency for organizations around the world. The next 10 years promise to be a thrilling journey of innovation and discovery, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

What would you tell someone who is just starting their K8s certification journey? Any tips or tricks?

For anyone embarking on their Kubernetes certification journey, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Master the Basics: Dive deep into core Kubernetes concepts like pods, deployments, and services. They’re the building blocks of your journey.
  2. Get Hands-On: Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! Set up your own cluster, deploy applications, and immerse yourself in the real-world challenges of Kubernetes.
  3. Explore Documentation: Use official Kubernetes docs for in-depth learning.
  4. Community Connection: Plug into Kubernetes communities far and wide. Seek advice, share experiences, and bask in the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts. Together, we’re stronger!
  5. Stay on the Pulse: Keep your finger on the pulse of Kubernetes. Follow the latest events, tune into insightful podcasts, and stay ahead of the curve with the freshest updates. The journey is ever-evolving, and so are you!

Today the Cloud native ecosystem is way more than Kubernetes. Do you plan to get other cloud native certifications from the CNCF ?

Yes, I’m considering certifications for Prometheus, Istio, Cilium, GitOps, and Argo.

How did you get involved with cloud native and Kubernetes in general?

My fascination with cloud-native technology and Kubernetes began as a quest for knowledge and innovation in the rapidly evolving IT landscape. Intrigued by the promise of containerisation and orchestration, I embarked on a journey to explore the transformative potential of cloud-native architecture.

Alongside my technical journey, I found myself drawn to the vibrant Kubernetes community. Engaging with fellow enthusiasts, I participated in forums, attended meetups, and contributed to open-source projects. The collaborative spirit of the community inspired me to share my knowledge, seek mentorship, and embrace continuous learning.

Any additional thoughts?

The CNCF community consistently delivers outstanding work, fostering innovation and collaboration in the cloud-native space. Their events provide invaluable opportunities for learning and networking, bringing together industry experts and enthusiasts from around the globe. Through initiatives like KubeCon and CloudNativeCon, the CNCF community showcases the latest advancements and best practices in cloud-native technologies, inspiring developers to push the boundaries of what’s possible. With a diverse range of projects and a vibrant ecosystem, CNCF continues to lead the charge in shaping the future of cloud-native computing.

If you’d like to be a Kubestronaut like Khushboo get more details on the CNCF Kubestronaut page.