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Enterprises today understand that the digital transformation is strongly pivoted around the web scale distributed foundations they need to build, to solve a variety of uses cases to rapidly roll out products and services. Containers have proven to be useful to package applications together with libraries and other dependencies for deployment consistency across the infrastructure. While Kubernetes has rapidly emerged as the de-facto open source standard for container orchestration, the journey to adoption can be hard and complex for enterprises. As Kelsey Hightower, a highly respected Google Developer Advocate, aptly summarizes, “Kubernetes is a platform for building platforms”, it can quickly become a complex beast, when adopted at an enterprise scale.
Kubernetes is an embedded platform utility; the real challenges are in operationalizing it in an enterprise context and at an enterprise scale. There are several considerations that enterprises need to factor in, as they choose a platform to meet their own SLAs. Some considerations that are vital:
Pivotal Container Services (PKS) addresses these operational concerns by offering container class orchestration. This makes it very easy for administrators to operationalize Kubernetes, provide an opinionated orchestration, and manage security, networking, and storage concerns. The goal is to enhance the experiences of DevOps engineers and administrators through lifecycle management and operations.
I’m looking forward to connecting with our clients and the broader Spring community to discuss best practices and the strategy behind building a secure and scalable container-based platform that provides a seamless path to move, manage and run application workloads from the virtual to the container world at SpringOne Platform! Come see me at the Mphasis booth located at #S11 to dive deeper into these concepts.