If you’re like our friend Steve and you’re spending Valentine’s day cuddled up with your laptop, that’s okay! There are quite a few other amazing things to embrace, including Kubernetes.
Kubernetes is a sizzling hot topic because it takes over where unorchestrated containers come up short. This open-source system, designed for the execution, scaling, and management of containerized applications, uses infrastructure-agnostic constructs to convey how applications are put together and how they collaborate.
Unlike an unmanaged container application, which often creates complex relationships between containers, Kubernetes makes it much simpler to manage applications that might span hundreds or thousands of containers.
Before we dive into the details of our love story, let’s start with a quick recap of the last fifteen years so you can understand why we love Kube so much.
A Brief Evolution of Kubernetes
Just before the advent of big data, companies started noticing that physical servers just didn't have the capacity to handle the influx of applications and information. Plus, creating a server farm can get costly rather quickly. Virtual machines (VMs) were born out of the necessity to replicate a specific hardware system faster, cheaper, and with more agility.
Each VM can either run atop or alongside a physical server. In addition, every VM has its own applications, libraries, and binaries. During its heyday, this was the solution to beat.
Yet there were also a few drawbacks. For instance, every VM adds to the storage and memory footprint. If software development wasn't complicated enough, this common obstacle just made it even more complex. Plus, VMs have limits around portability.
So then, what was the answer to these types of limitations? In a word, containers. As operating system (OS) virtualization went mainstream, containers offer a platform to run applications on either a guest OS or a single server.
Since each container shares the host OS kernel but brings along its own libraries and binaries, you could run multiple workloads on a single OS instance. Seems the perfect way to streamline software development, right? Not so fast.
You see, containers have their limitations too. Containers work great when developers are ready to move code into production. You can separate code from its underlying infrastructure. Containers are both scalable and portable.
But, what if you need to manage multiple applications with thousands of containers, across hundreds of hosts? Uh - oh. You have to manage scheduling, load balancing, and distribution right?
This is where Kubernetes comes in to save the day. Kube clusters can be managed whether they are hosted in public, private, or hybrid clouds, and across multiple cloud accounts.
In fact, you can cluster groups of hosts and manage them efficiently with Kubernetes. Originally developed by Google engineers, Kubernetes makes it fun to manage cloud-based applications that require rapid scaling.
So then, are you now starting to understand why we heart Kubernetes so much?
A Few More Reasons Why We Love Kubernetes
If you crave stability, Kubernetes will never let you down or stand you up.
Kubernetes loves all infrastructure types equally, so you can share with your friends! We always find a collaborative system quite lovely.
Kubernetes doesn’t discriminate. It's always supportive, no matter the workload. Invariably, this includes stateful, data-processing, and stateless.
Kubernetes never complains. It can handle massive workloads – we're talking autoscaling. Put it this way: as long as it can run in a container, it can run on Kubernetes.
And then there’s availability. With Kube, you’re in control. You can articulate processes, load balancers, and GPUs and schedule them through Kubernetes. Your dev teams can now keep up to speed with modern expectations.
There is just one teeny weeny little caveat: Kubernetes may require a steep learning curve. Have no fear, in this case, a managed Kubernetes solution is the ideal solution for healthcare.
Love is in the Air
What's the amazing relationship we've been waiting for this Valentine’s day? It's the one that offers the most efficient model for operations and software development.
If you’re a healthcare organization and you’re ready to embrace Kubernetes but don’t have the time or resources to manage them, schedule a free consultation to learn about Cloudticity Managed Kubernetes.