Kubernetes

Kubernetes

Production-Grade Container Orchestration

  • Container management
  • Efficient
  • Automatic scaling
  • Optimally secured
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What is Kubernetes?

The most famous container tool is Docker, which handles the packaging of applications in containers. To make the containers work together, a container platform is needed. Kubernetes is an example of this and is the market leader in container management. Kubernetes, Greek for pilot or helmsman, is a platform for starting, stopping, automatic recovery, configuring, managing and controlling resources.

Kubernetes is based on more than 10 years of experience with containers on a huge scale. After Kubernetes was made open source available by Google in 2015, it quickly built up a large, active community. It is being further developed by tech giants such as Amazon, Microsoft, Red Hat and Google itself.

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Multiple versions

One of the most important advantages of Kubernetes is being able to run multiple versions of an application at the same time. This makes it easier to roll out a lot of releases in short cycles (continuous deployment). If a version does not work properly, you can easily switch back to the old one. By running different versions you can also easily run A/B tests.

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Modular

Applications are most effective when the modules are small. Take our own platform as an example. OpenStack has many different components. These components are all in separate modules / containers. Replacing, updating or scaling up such a component is therefore very simple and does not result in any downtime.

Automatically scale up and down

Kubernetes easily responds to changes in performance and business metrics of applications and online services, such as the amount of traffic, CPU usage, number of requests and interactions. This way, your application will not have a lower performance when sales runs well that causes a number of extra visitors. When this number is drop again, Kubernetes automatically scales down your resources.

Optimally secured

Access rights for software solutions are an important point of attention. Kubernetes uses a role-based access control mechanism (RBAC). In addition, it also uses certificates. The "secrets mechanism" prevents unauthorized access to sign-on key-in clusters. The combination of the right roles and rights in the secret manager makes a safe connection of environments possible.

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Searching for an Kubernetes alternative? You can find a lot of orchestration tools on our Cloud Orchestration page. If you are interested in other use cases you can read our use cases page.