Over the years, container-based architectures have completely altered the way in which both operations and development teams test and deploy software. And, processes are only getting better.
As organisations across the globe rapidly adopt containers, Google’s very own developed Kubernetes has become the standard for managing and operating containerised applications. But what exactly is it? And why should you use it in your business?
What is Kubernetes?
Commonly known as “kube” or “k8s”, Kubernetes is a portable, open-source container orchestration platform used to deploy, manage, and operate multi-container applications in a microservice architecture.
It supports containerisation of your existing apps, allowing you to develop applications faster than usual. But in terms of benefits, speed of development is only the beginning…
Why should I use it?
As more businesses transition to cloud architectures that use containers, they’re often in search of reliable platforms to effectively manage workload. Which is exactly why they turn to Kubernetes.
You see, Kubernetes helps businesses move faster by allowing them to deliver a self-service Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that creates an abstraction layer that can be used by development teams.
Using Kubernetes, teams can quickly request the resources they require and gather further resources from the convenient shared infrastructure. This eliminates the need to fill out lengthy request forms to order machines to run your applications.
In addition to this, there’s also a whole host of cost-efficient benefits. Most cloud platforms provide Kubernetes-as-a-Service-offerings, meaning you can operate with peace of mind – whichever provider you’re working with.
What about Docker?
While many people question whether to use Kubernetes or Docker, they are actually two very different things that are able to function alone or together. Kubernetes massively benefits from Docker, and vice versa. But, what is Docker?
Docker is a popular containerisation software. It can be used to run, develop and manage containers on a single OS. If you have Docker installed on various operating systems, you can (and will) leverage Kubernetes. While the technology is still maturing, if you plan on adopting a microservices architecture for your software, Docker containers are the way to go.
How ClearCloud can help
There’s no denying that Kubernetes is increasing in popularity, which may suggest further containerisation in the cloud. Kubernetes runs on both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
At ClearCloud, we can help you adopt the cloud and enhance your current technology. We have the skills required to walk you through cloud adoption and can assist in training your team to minimise the need for external support. For further information on how we can help evolve your business, speak to a member of our team today.