By modernizing legacy applications, technology leaders aim to improve business efficiency and agility. Organizations across every industry are dealing with the impact of disruptive technologies and existing legacy technologies are not capable of providing the speed necessary.
This has been top of mind for many IT decision makers. According to a Forrester report, from 2017 to 2019, the use of containerized applications is expected to rise by 80%. Already by 2018, 90% of those U.S. and European managers and IT decision makers surveyed said that they are either expanding their application modernization efforts, have already modernized the applications they planned to, or were planning to begin within the next 12 months.
For many, containers have become a vital cog in the app deployment machine. Container spending is on the rise, with two-thirds of organizations saying that they have experienced accelerated developer efficiency once adopting containers. But the journey doesn’t end at containers. Now businesses find themselves seeking out tools that can help manage the many containers they have created.
This is where Kubernetes comes into the picture. Kubernetes allows users to manage clusters of containers by acting as a framework and has become widely used as a necessary piece in the deployment of modern applications.
Modern Management Capabilities
The advent of containers changed the way that developers look at app development and deployment. But those containers need to be deployed across multiple server hosts, and complex apps may be deployed across multiple containers. In order to manage IT in the present day, you need orchestration and management tools like Kubernetes.
Kubernetes provides that necessary orchestration. It allows for the building of application services that could span multiple containers, and then provide all the tools necessary to manage those services over time, in the long term. Better yet, Kubernetes can integrate with networking, storage, security, telemetry, registry, and other services that make up the container infrastructure.
What makes Kubernetes so appealing in a world of constant disruption is that it takes away some of the micromanaging that plagued IT teams. It provides automated processes that continuously work to ensure that the current state of a system eventually meets the desired state. This makes it a resilient platform that recognizes that components will fail, therefore allowing engineers to focus on building new applications that drive business value rather than focusing so much on the underlying infrastructure.
Flexibility and Scale
An important quality that all modernized applications must have is flexibility. Technology leaders cannot assume that what works today will also work for tomorrow, so the applications that are built must be capable of adapting to whatever disruption happens next.
Kubernetes embraces the idea that the world is dynamic. By providing consistent, well-versioned APIs and a set of primitives that specify what your desired state is, it allows your platform to react to its surroundings. These qualities give your IT teams the option to be as flexible as needed. If a deployment needs to be paused, it can be at a moments notice and then resumed just as quickly. By providing visibility and the ability to identify problems and failed deployments, you can be confident that your app deployment is stable.
The idea behind adopting modernized applications is to improve processes that allow for you to spend on IT innovation to grow the business. With that mentality in mind, new software that is deployed needs to be able to scale with your business needs. Kubernetes allows you to scale in or out deployments at any time in order to meet demand.
You Aren’t Locked In With Kubernetes
Choice is a core concept of Kubernetes. Since it is container-centric, engineers do not need to worry about whether or not they have the specific technical skills to operate it. It does not matter to Kubernetes if a container is running a Java process, or NodeJS, Golang, .NET, or elixir, etc.
No matter the programming language or framework, Kubernetes only concerns itself with the actual deploying and managing of containers and not the framework of the container itself. This quality of choice also allows for the ability to react. Because of this sole focus on the container, if that container consists of some yet-to-be invented programming language or framework, that will not affect how Kubernetes operates.
This aids on the operations side as well. Containers are isolated OS processes, meaning anything can run within a container. Since Kubernetes only concerns itself with the container itself, and not what is within, then it does not matter what OS your operations teams want to use. Kubernetes does not lock you into any specific tool or technology.
As the most popular orchestration tool currently in use, Kubernetes benefits from the support of many of the major players in this space. AWS, Microsoft, Red Hat, and more all have numerous tools supporting Kubernetes adoption. For example, Microsoft has its Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) that aids in deployment, management, and operations of the platform on Azure.
And we cannot forget where Kubernetes comes from. Kubernetes was essentially beta tested by Google internally, as it is the implementation of the tech giant’s internal system Borg that was capable of launching more than 2 billion containers per week.
On top of all the third-party support, it is primarily supported by the Cloud-Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) that was created by Google and the Linux Foundation. With the support of the community of the CNCF, Kubernetes is one of the fastest growing open source projects in history.
Kubernetes and App Deployment
As a technology leader, you want to give your business the best opportunity to meet the challenges of the disruptive world that we live in today. Providing a stable and consistent framework like Kubernetes is vital in the app deployment process.
To ensure that your organization is capable of meeting these challenges head long, our experienced team of Kubernetes engineers can guide you through modern app deployment with Kubernetes. We offer consulting and engineering services around production deployment of Kubernetes on Azure.
Education is a significant part of every adoption of new technology, so to prepare your team for this wave of technology, we can provide training with our Kubernetes on Azure Bootcamp. To get started, contact us online today.
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