How much will Kubernetes “managed fields” feature cost the global economy over the next 10 years?

  • There are 25 million software engineers globally. 80k have starred the Kubernetes repository. So somewhere between the two. Shall we say 1–2 million Kubernetes engineers globally?
  • Engineer each inspect 5-10 manifests a day, multiple this by 5 days per week then by 44 weeks, then by 10 years to get 11k to 22k inspections.
  • Each inspection now takes 5–10 seconds longer.
  • Engineers are paid between $100k and $200k a year. Lets double thatthat to get the actual cost to the company (e.g. the cost of HR, work gym, bananas in the office etc). We need the cost per second, so divide $200,000/44/5/8/60/60 would be $0.03 to $0.06 a second.

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