Kubernetes is popular. But there's a lot you need to know to leverage it. In this blog, we break down Kubernetes orchestration, Kubernetes tools, Kubernetes migrations, and Kubernetes advantages.
Kubernetes orchestration is a tool that automates the deployment, management, scaling, networking, and availability of container-based applications. Containers have become the modern way of packaging and distributing an application and its dependencies so that it can run anywhere (development workstation, test environment, production) ideally without any changes. This new capability has brought with it the need to automate the execution of these containers across a number of hosts to provide high availability and to distribute the load on the application among many other considerations.
This is where Kubernetes orchestration comes in.
Kubernetes Orchestration is responsible for providing an abstraction layer over a cluster of virtual or physical machines. This abstraction layer, called the Kubernetes cluster, is accessed through the Kubernetes API allows for the automation of many tasks needed to run containers at scale. It simplifies the management of application-related resources like configuration files, storage, credentials. As companies move to a microservice-based architecture, where a single piece of application functionality runs within a container, Kubernetes has been indispensable tool in managing the complexity involved in tying these discrete pieces of functionality together.
Kubernetes is unique due to the large and growing ecosystem of supporting tools. Since Kubernetes is so versatile, it has become the defacto standard for container orchestration. Here are some of the common tools to integrate with Kubernetes:
Some of the biggest challenges in migrating to Kubernetes are encountered before setting up Kubernetes within an organization (either on-premises or hosted). Some of these challenges include:
Some of the challenges that may be encountered once an organization has a Kubernetes cluster up and running include:
There are many Kubernetes advantages. Here are the top 5.
The potential migration difficulties can be easily aided from proper support and expertise to take full advantage of the benefits of Kubernetes. The cost-savings and efficiency of Kubernetes far outweigh any of the potential challenges that come with migration.
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Enterprise Solutions Architect, OpenLogic by Perforce
Tendai has over 25 years of experience as a software developer utilizing languages like C, C++, and Java. He has acted as an architect and development leader in the implementation of a number of mission-critical systems for companies in a range of industries. He is a Sun-certified Java Developer and a Certified ScrumMaster.