The Coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world. The standstill has hit the global economy, forcing big enterprises to restructure and redesign strategies to recover from the impact.
2020 has been one of the most challenging years for all businesses and the effects are still lurking into 2021. Putting every business on its toes to respond to unforeseen events, agile tools are becoming favourite among the C-suite. Faster and more secure app development and deployment has increasingly become the need of the hour. As businesses want to recover they also want to be ready to take over challenges headlong.
Cloud computing holds a significant position in 2021, organisations want to leverage the flexibility of cloud-native environments and be prepared for future uncertainty. An upward trend is seen in-app containerization, basically for DevOps portability and deployment of microservices. The press release in June 2020 by Gartner predicts that by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production.
Enterprises are adapting to technologies most suitable for the orchestration of containers and laying a foundation to build container-focussed architecture. There is a spike in the use of relatively young technologies like Kubernetes or K8’s.
Originally designed by Google and now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Kubernetes is a Linux container management tool. It is a portable, extensible, and open-source container orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and life-cycle management.
K8’s capabilities of Self-healing, Storage orchestration, Load balancing, Assigning states, Automatic bin packing, and Sensitive information and configuration management is a boon for Cloud Architects. It brings all stakeholders including developers and data scientists together, but it becomes a little complicated for many companies. Organisations need to evolve at a cultural and structural level to harness the full capabilities of this cutting-edge technology. While it is growing rapidly, the skill-set and resource pool available is very limited.
For a company to thrive in any business climate it is essential to modernise its applications, workforce, and platform. The best way to ensure this is to collaborate with an expert cloud consultancy who can help teams avoid common mistakes and pitfalls which may impair future productivity and creativity.
Big cloud vendors have realised the potential of container orchestration and promptly added it in their service offerings and own branded Kubernetes distributions. AWS released EKS in 2018 and now AWS Fargate a technology for Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) which allows you to run containers without having to manage servers or clusters. AWS Fargate removes the need for you to interact with or think about servers or clusters. Microsoft developed Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) which runs on both Azure public cloud and government cloud.
As Joe Beda, Principal Engineer, VMware, and co-creator of Kubernetes states – “Cloud native isn’t about where you operate, it’s how you operate.”
Kubernetes has always been in our tool-kit at Colibri Digital. Partnering with leading cloud vendors like AWS and Microsoft has enabled us to help clients to resolve complex decision-making processes using containerisation.
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