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Fairwinds Kubernetes Benchmark Report 2023 Shows Configuration Errors Are Getting Worse but Can Be Improved by Implementing Guardrails

Kubernetes guardrails helped organizations correct 36% more CPU and memory issues

BOSTON - January 17, 2023 - (

Fairwinds, the leading provider of Kubernetes governance software, has issued the Kubernetes Benchmark Report 2023. The annual report evaluated the results from more than 150,000 workloads and hundreds of organizations and found that Kubernetes workloads are not being configured according to best practices, which puts the security, reliability and cost efficiency of their clusters at risk.

While the results showed a worsening of configuration issues, there are areas where Kubernetes guardrails are helping accelerate remediation. Organizations that implemented Kubernetes guardrails in shift-left scenarios or at time of deployment were able to correct 36% more issues where CPU and memory configurations were missing than those that did not use guardrails. Additionally, companies leveraging guardrails were able to repair 15% more image vulnerabilities than those not using them.

"As Kubernetes usage expands, it's harder for DevOps teams to manage configuration risk introduced by new teams," said Danielle Cook, VP of Marketing at Fairwinds. "Regardless of whether developers are using cloud native technologies or are building infrastructure, Kubernetes guardrails can help them ensure their platform is secure, highly performant and cost-effective. Without these best practices, they won't realize the benefits of their container and Kubernetes investments, nor will their organizational leaders understand the value these powerful technologies can bring."

Additional key findings include:

  • 44% of organizations are running 71% or more of their workloads as allowing root access, an increase of 22 percentage points in the last year. This is surprising given the known CVEs targeting this issue.
  • 25% of organizations are seeing greater than 90% of workloads impacted by image vulnerabilities, an increase of more than 200% from the previous year.
  • 46% of organizations have at least half of their workloads running on outdated Helm charts, up from 33% in the prior year. Some organizations even have 100% of their workloads impacted by outdated Helm charts.
  • 30% of organizations have at least 50% of their workloads set with memory limits too high, resulting in wasted/unnecessary resources. This is a dramatic increase from only 3% of organizations last year with workloads impacted at 50% or higher.

Kubernetes governance is critical to successful cloud native adoption. Without it, practitioners have no way to improve the reliability, security and efficiency of their applications. The Fairwinds Kubernetes Benchmark Report was created to provide visibility into misconfigurations so DevOps teams can better understand their cluster deficiencies, where to make investments and how to configure Kubernetes to have a positive business impact.

Fairwinds Insights provides Kubernetes security, cost, compliance and guardrails in one platform. Users gain visibility into their Kubernetes workloads security, cost usage and reliability, which helps them avoid expensive misconfigurations. The all-in-one governance platform helps DevOps team simplify Kubernetes and enable developer self-service to achieve production-readiness faster.

To read the full Kubernetes Configuration Benchmark Report 2023, please visit


About Fairwinds

Fairwinds is the trusted partner for Kubernetes governance and security. With Fairwinds, customers ship cloud native applications faster, more cost-effectively and with less risk. Fairwinds provides a unified view between dev, sec and ops removing friction between those teams with software that simplifies complexity. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA and provides a fully remote and distributed work environment. For more information, visit, read our blog or follow @FairwindsOps on Twitter.

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National Museum of African American Music Hosts a Yearlong Celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary Through the Lens of Industry Photographers

Four photographers with 40+ years of music industry experience to be featured in yearlong exhibit

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is joining in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop. The museum opened its yearlong exhibit, This is Hip Hop, on Thursday, Jan. 19. NMAAM'S Features Gallery will exhibit iconic captures of Hip Hop's origins and cultural impact through the lenses of four legendary artists. During the celebration, the museum curated and spotlighted the history and development of Hip Hop and the genre's most iconic performers. Learn more at

Over a half-century ago, DJ Kool Herc birthed the style and culture we now call Hip Hop when he accidentally played the first breakbeat at a house party in the Bronx, NY. Since then, Hip Hop has influenced social justice movements, infinite genres of music, fashion, art, and culture, and topped music charts all over the world. The entire Hip Hop culture will be honored and celebrated internationally throughout the year. Your favorite DJs, MCs, break-dancers, beatboxers, and other legendary artists will showcase at events such as concerts, tours, battles, tournaments, and exhibits to make this year's golden anniversary of Hip Hop culture the most amazing one yet. 

NMAAM's This is Hip Hop exhibit will showcase the work of four notable documentarians, representing the U.S.'s four major regions (Midwest, West, East, and South). Hip Hop enthusiasts will experience some of the most memorable moments and iconic performances in Hip Hop history through each photographer's unique experience. Visitors will witness the extraordinary photography of Chicago-native Raymond Boyd (Midwest), whose in-depth interpretations were created especially for the This Is Hip Hop display; Traci Bartlow (West Coast), whose 90s Bay Area Hip Hop photos were featured in Oakland Museums; Andre Leroy Davis (East Coast), an artist renowned for his must-see illustrations that satirize and comment on current events and culture; and the South's very own Shannon McCullum, a self-taught photographer from Atlanta with more than 25 years of experience in the music industry. These documentarians have been featured in record labels, museums, and national music and culture magazines like Source Magazine.

NMAAM kicked off its yearlong celebration with a conversation with featured photographer Raymond Boyd at This is Hip Hop's opening reception. It was led by Nashville's radio personality and host of the Kenny Smoov Morning Show, Kenny Smoov of 92Q. Boyd rose to prominence in the early 1980s for his black-and-white pictures of iconic Hip Hop performers visiting the Midwest. His photography has appeared in several publications and galleries all over the world. 

The museum's mission to amplify the music and culture of America's roots continues to be the home "Where Legends Live Forever."


NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum's expertly curated collections share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present. The National Museum of African American Music is the premier global destination for music lovers of all generations and inspires, educates, and transforms your appreciation of American music. NMAAM's mission is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack. NMAAM was born out of a proposal from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce in 2002, as a way to celebrate and preserve African Americans' influence on music and provide residents and visitors with diverse cultural offerings. The National Museum of African American Music broke ground in early 2017 and officially opened in 2021. Since its opening, NMAAM has welcomed guests from across the U.S. and is one of Music City's top must-see tourist destinations.

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