As Kubernetes grows in popularity, there's a lot to consider. Find out what you need to know about Kubernetes. And learn about the Kubernetes Foundations Service from OpenLogic.
As Kubernetes evolves into the de facto leader on open source container orchestration, leaving behind incumbents like Mesosphere and Docker platform, it becomes more and more complicated to navigate through the myriad of projects, initiatives, and options. The image below can give you a sense of that complexity. You can find an interactive version on the CNCF website.
Beyond navigating the complexity of projects and initiatives, your organization should also consider:
It has started, and it´s expected to intensify in the coming year. So caution is advised when betting on a specific vendor software for the long run. Notably, Red Hat (OpenShift is definitely a driver for that operation, while IBM had already a base of Kubernetes for services like Watson and their IBM public cloud), VMware acquiring Heptio and launching their own version of Kubernetes (through Pivotal) earlier in the year, and NetApp acquiring StackPointCloud.
At the time of the writing of this post, the count is at 50 different distributions of Kubernetes, 31 certified Kubernetes hosted services, 72 Kubernetes Certified Service Providers, 23 different provisioning (automation and configuration) tools, 29 different storage solutions, etc. As the ecosystem evolves, we anticipate there will be leaders on each category, probably tied to specific industry use cases but considering Kubernetes is still in its infancy, that differentiation has not yet happened.
This has helped spark the generation and development of a massive ecosystem, not necessarily on the same open source software principles. The level of specialization of some of these components is key and makes Kubernetes a highly configurable component of your IT. Companies will end up having more than one type of Kubernetes, just as they have more than one type of application or service running on it.
And this is how we get to the point of this article, the importance of looking at Kubernetes as a toolkit to build a flexible infrastructure to be provisioned to your application or services demands, rather than forcing these services to accommodate into a single monolithic configuration of your clusters. Unlike cloud configuration, containerization allows and requires an application-driven approach.
Kubernetes Foundations Service from OpenLogic bundles the delivery of a Kubernetes cluster built through full automation and configured from an application perspective: AI, Kafka, NodeJs, Java, microservices, CI/CD environment, etc…
It can be iterated for as many use cases as needed, and it includes:
Our support covers Kubernetes, Docker, the underlying operating system, and most importantly, the applications running on top.
Kubernetes Foundations can also be extended to include:
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Director of Product Management, OpenLogic by Perforce
Arturo has been an open source advocate for as long as he can remember. In 2010, he created the first commercial distribution of OpenStack. he also designed and delivered Open Infrastructure services and products across the globe, including The Vatican, Tibet, Malawi, Bolivia, South Africa, and Australia — and pioneered Infrastructure Managed Services offerings on Open Infrastructure. Arturo was part of the team that created the official Kubernetes, OpenStack, and Linux certifications. He has an MBA from IE Business School, and is also an Austinite from Madrid, an avid world traveler, and aspirational wine connoisseur.