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Kubernetes(k8s) has become the de facto standard for not only container orchestration but also for cloud-native development. Being the flagship product for CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation), Kubernetes has managed to establish an ecosystem of opensource projects around it, from service mesh to monitoring, observability, storage, policy driven controls and many more. It is remarkable how fast k8s matured and became enterprise ready with impressive success stories.

VMware calls Kubernetes “the new Java”, after the programming language invented in 1996 and used in just about everything today. That is how big and pervasive they think this technology will become.

Everyone is talking about Kubernetes, but what the heck it really is?

Kubernetes is a containers deployment and orchestration platform. It helps you deploy, monitor, scale, upgrade, rollback containers and many more seamlessly.
But why would I need an extra software to manage my containers?
With the rise of microservices architecture, more and more organizations move to adopt it heavily, ending in many cases with hundreds and in some cases thousands of microservices in a single project. Each microservice of these would most probably be wrapped in a container on its own. Imagine having to manage hundred containers manually. Imagine having to deploy, upgrade, monitor and scale all of these containers. You probably got a sense by now how difficult/impossible it is to handle these operations using only a containerization platform like docker. A layer on top of docker is indeed needed to orchestrate and manage the containers, this layer is Kubernetes. …


Ahmed Nader

Software Engineer @ Dell Technologies

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