Kubernetes: the king of orchestration platforms
You can’t really talk about the rise of Kubernetes without looking at the rise of container orchestration. As enterprises began running more complex workloads and migrating more to the cloud, orchestrating containers became a necessity. Now, you can create and manage containers much more easily, and with a greater degree of flexibility.
Kubernetes has taken off as the orchestration platform of choice within the open source world, but is now gaining ground against alternatives even in the proprietary space. Since Kubernetes offers greater power and flexibility, many organizations are willing to invest in the training and resources necessary to maximize the orchestration tool’s capabilities.
Once teams embark on modernization journeys, they typically look for the advanced capabilities Kubernetes provides, which are often highly limited in other platforms. We predict that Kubernetes adoption will far outpace that of other orchestration platforms over the next two to three years.
Microservice architectures are being rapidly adopted, and for good reason – microservices bring flexibility, resilience, and responsiveness to applications. To overcome the limitations of monolithic design and development, development has shifted directly to containerized applications in order to create modularized, scalable processes.
The Kubernetes community, with strong backing by large organizations involved in the open source project such as AWS, Google, and Intel, delivers an adaptable platform that is purpose built for a cloud native world.
Key reasons that enterprises are quickly moving to adopt Kubernetes:
1. Open source and flexible
Since Kubernetes is open source, DevOps teams have more flexibility to define how their orchestration platform functions. You can customize Kubernetes to create elegant solutions, manage complex workloads, or to even be part of a managed solution.
As an open source project with an enthusiastic and supportive community, Kubernetes gets a lot of attention from contributors and users alike. As with all popular open source projects, teams and individuals that become “super users” are driving updates and new features helping to push the platform in new directions while refining capabilities. Kubernetes is constantly getting better.
2. Host anywhere
Whether your needs dictate a multi-cloud approach or a focus on a single public cloud provider, Kubernetes easily accommodates your specific requirements. As a cloud-agnostic container orchestration tool, Kubernetes can be used with Azure, GCP, or AWS. Kubernetes can even be used with your on-premise environment. Kubernetes enables you to move beyond your current infrastructure constraints to achieve a targeted solution.
3. Be efficient – Do it all without GUI
Kubernetes is lightweight, making it easy to reduce workload usage and generate cost savings. When using multiple clusters, the savings in memory and CPU resources when using Kubernetes add up to a substantial cost savings over time – one of the key reasons enterprises transition to the cloud in the first place. Container orchestration enables organizations to achieve the full promise of cloud computing through tangible improvements in workload efficiency.
4. Abundant Support
Several well-developed support options are available to meet the needs of any enterprise. These include different tooling platforms, Kubernetes-as-a-service offerings from cloud service providers, as well as, cloud consultancies that specialize in DevOps and microservices deployments. You can be assured that hands-on support is available for any stage of Kubernetes implementation and usage. The varied participants in the community and broad endorsement of Kubernetes mean that Kubernetes support and development continues to expand.