Kubernetes is an open-source platform for managing containerized workloads. More modern applications are being built using containers, which are standard units of software that package up code and all its dependencies so the application can be developed, shipped, and deployed quickly and reliably from one environment to another. Kubernetes is the open-source software for deploying and managing those containers.
Kubernetes (pronounced “koo-burr-NET-eez”) gets its name from the Greek word meaning ‘pilot’ as it helps organizations navigate cloud computing and containerized applications. According to founder Craig McLuckie the name came to him while driving into work. He thought of the technology like driving a container ship, and he wanted the name to sound exotic.
Since then, Kubernetes has risen in popularity. From 2018 to 2019, the enterprise adoption rate of Kubernetes has doubled, and all of the top-three cloud providers have managed Kubernetes offerings for their cloud customers. Kubernetes has been the go-to orchestration platform since it was launched in 2014 by Google. The increase in Kubernetes adoption in large part to the increasing complexity of enterprise applications and containers.
As Microsoft explains it, “as applications grow to span multiple containers deployed across multiple servers, operating them becomes more complex. To manage this complexity, Kubernetes provides an open-source API that controls how and when those containers will run.”
Benefits of Kubernetes include:
- Speed and Efficiency – Kubernetes help you move faster and more efficiently. Your development teams can quickly request the resources they need to handle additional loads.
- Cost Efficient – Kubernetes and containers allow for better resource allocation therefore money isn’t wasted.
- Cloud Agnostic – Kubernetes works across on-premise, public, private, or hybrid clouds, which makes it ideal for hosting cloud-native applications.
- Management – Most major cloud providers will manage Kubernetes for you. Currently, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, RedHat, and IBM offer Kubernetes-as-a-Service offerings.
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