Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration system that is powerful and runs Docker containers while ensuring that they are running continuously. The portable and extensible open-source platform, for managing containerized workloads and services, facilitates both declarative configuration and automation.
Kubernetes allows you to orchestrate across on-site deployments to public clouds to hybrid deployments in between. This enables your infrastructure to reach your users where they’re at and your applications to have higher availability. Your organization is able to balance your security and cost concerns, all tailored to your specific needs.
The Key Features
- Automated rollouts and roll backs
- Automatic scaling of services
- Resource monitoring and logging
- Container grouping using pod
- Storage orchestration and container balancing
- Can be deployed anywhere, including hybrid deployments
- Self-healing and load-balancing
The Benefits and Business Value
When it comes to container management, Kubernetes is the most widely used solution and has gained immense popularity with time.
- It’s portable and 100% open source: Kubernetes can practically be deployed on any infrastructure. You are able to run your containers in one or more public cloud environments. The project is 100% open source and provides even more flexibility.
- Workload scalability: Kubernetes is known to be efficient in its use of infrastructure resources. It offers several useful features like horizontal infrastructure scaling, auto-scaling, manual scaling and offers a replication controller.
- High availability: Kubernetes is designed to tackle the availability of both applications and infrastructure, making it indispensable when deploying containers in production. Kubernetes also, offers self-healing, auto-replacement, traffic routing and load balancing.
- Designed for deployment: One of the main benefits of containerization is the ability to speed up the process of building, testing, and releasing software. Kubernetes is designed for deployment.
- Cost-efficient and portable: Kubernetes and containers allow for much better resource utilization and require less CPU and memory resources to run. Kubernetes runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and can also be run on-premise.
- Rich feature set and application support: Kubernetes has a very rich feature set compared to other container management systems. It’s rapidly growing ecosystem supports widely available programming languages and frameworks.
- Improved IT and better team efficiency: Kubernetes allows your IT teams to manage large applications more efficiently across many containers by handling the meticulous details of maintaining container-based apps.
An Infrastructure for Modern Applications
Kubernetes has the power to eliminate many of the arduous manual tasks and infrastructure complexity that often rest on the shoulders of the DevOps teams to help with the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It has risen to be the de facto container orchestration system.
The adoption of Kubernetes is expected to grow exponentially in 2019.
- Kubernetes is winning the container orchestration battle. It is now supported on all mainstream clouds.
- Kubernetes is part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is quickly gathering momentum. It is attracting some of the biggest names in tech like Google, AWS, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware, Pivotal and many more.
- Openness and ecosystem plays a major role and the Kubernetes team maintains a Slack channel where the community can exchange information and help each other.
Kubernetes as the Future of Cloud Container Orchestration
The adoption of container technology is accelerating year after year. There is a consolidation around Kubernetes orchestration API. The value of seamless integration with existing Kubernetes tool seems to be very attractive. It has become a key player in cloud adoption and the central container orchestration engine for most major cloud providers, including Google Cloud Platform, IBM Bluemix, and Red Hat OpenShift.
Kubernetes has become the go to container orchestrator because of its commendable expertise, enterprise adoption, and robust ecosystem. With a vast number of contributors and IT service providers backing the framework with each passing day, Kubernetes will certainly continue to improve and expand upon its functionality, the types of applications it can support, and integrations with the enveloping ecosystem.
Nairita Goswami, Marcom Specialist, RapidValue