Packing items into a container and shipping them overseas is nothing new, but it’s become all the rage in the digital world of business applications. Building a business application in a container allows companies to scale, update or relocate between private and multiple public clouds with ease — so easy that containers multiply exponentially. That’s where container orchestration, or Kubernetes, comes into play. Still this technology can be overkill or quickly grow overly complicated for many businesses, and this is giving rise to Kubernetes as a service.
Kubernetes is like a band orchestrator that determines which instruments (in this case, containers) play together, for how long and when to go silent. The technology automates the setup, monitoring and management of containers that encase business applications. Originally developed at Google and named after the Greek word κυβερνήτης, (helmsman or pilot), Kubernetes is an open-source orchestration system that makes it easier to organize and schedule applications across private, hybrid and multicloud IT operations.
According to research by Datadog, Kubernetes has become the de-facto standard for container orchestration. Its adoption has doubled between 2017 and 2020 and 451 Research has found that 57% of enterprises are actively adopting Kubernetes.
“Excitement around Kubernetes has proven to be its biggest undoing,” believes Satyam Vaghani, vice president and general manager of IoT and artificial intelligence at Nutanix.