An open source that automates your manual task related to in deploying, managing, and scaling containerized applications is known as the Kubernetes or one can say k8s. Kubernetes is an ideal platform for hosting cloud-native applications that require rapid scaling, like real-time data streaming through Apache Kafka. It was originally made by Google’s engineers. This is the first company which talks about how everything at Google runs in containers. Kubernetes makes each cloud services task convenient for its users. For developing an app for cloud, kubernetes plays a major role. While focusing on the same scenario, Nitisha Dubey from BISinfotech talks with Sachin Mishra, Chief Operating Officer, Protonshub Technologies and Bikram Gupta, Product Manager for DigitalOcean- Kubernetes, DigitalOcean.
Solutions Catering Kubernetes Technology
DigitalOcean, a leading cloud computing platform has a mission of simplifying cloud computing so developers and businesses can spend more time creating software that changes the world. DigitalOcean provides mission-critical infrastructure and fully managed offerings for developers, startups, and small and medium-sized businesses.
DigitalOcean Managed Kubernetes (DOKS) was launched into general availability in 2019. The solution brings DigitalOcean’s signature simplicity to the Kubernetes experience. Users can set up a Kubernetes cluster in minutes just by selecting a data center region and specifying the cluster capacity required for their needs. The managed service includes a free control plane and provides customers with a free quota of egress bandwidth depending on their Droplet selection.
Protonshub Technologies comprises of certified IT professionals keen to offer exemplary Web Design Services, Custom Software Development Services, Web Application Development Services, and Mobile Application Development Services including Native iOS Development and Advanced Android Application Development. The company’s core services are backed by remarkable implementation of modern effective technologies that one can count upon in 21st century namely the Block chain Development, Cloud Computing, PHP, Java, AI, Node, JS, MongoDB, UI/UXDesign, and much more.
Industry Leaders on Kubernetes
While talking about DigitalOcean, Bikram says that in 2020, we introduced a fully managed Platform as a Service offering called DigitalOcean App Platform, which allows developers to focus on building their apps and not on managing the underlying infrastructure. App Platform is built on Kubernetes and other associated open-source technologies. In designing the service, we followed the same principles of cloud-native architecture that Kubernetes enables, which allows customers to benefit from the power of Kubernetes while still having a developer-friendly and simple experience.
On the other hand,Sachin says, being dynamic software, we help our clients decide better on Migration to Kubernetes and Business Flow Optimization of Micro services. Our consulting experts will give you tips on simplification of Container Orchestration, CD/CI Process and further Scaling and Smoothening up the performance of multiple applications with Kubernetes. Continuous and expedite deployment of Kubernetes is what is found as challenge by most of the service providers in which we can proudly say that Protonshub Technologies is pretty phenomenal. Our solutions are based upon intelligent deployment, operational efficiency, and accelerated solutions with state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Both the companies have its own speciality which no doubt can improve the daily usage of software or cloud services. The engineers make such services to make our life much easier. Maintaining data or handling cloud computing is a major task nowadays.
Kubernetes and the Market situation
Kubernetes has a major quality of operating an automated, elastic web server platform in production without the vendor lock-in to AWS with the EC2 service. Kubernetes works for public cloud hosting services and all of the major companies offer competitive pricing. Not only that, it also enables the complete outsourcing of a corporate data center. Kubernetes can also be used to scale web and mobile applications in production to the highest levels of web traffic. Kubernetes allows any company to operate its software code at the same level of scalability as the largest companies in the world on competitive data center pricing for hardware resources.
While elaborating the value of Kubernetes, Bikram says Kubernetes helps users to build and deploy cloud-native, portable applications. The developer tooling around Kubernetes has become very mature. For example, one can deploy its working code to a production application on managed services like our Managed Kubernete services or App Platform offering in minutes. One trend we see across the board is around the cost of maintaining infrastructure. Most of the customers are startups and small and medium-sized businesses. They want to focus on building their apps and businesses – and not on managing infrastructure. So, they tend to not have dedicated SRE or DevOps employees. Managed Kubernetes is very helpful for these types of teams because they can grow on this platform easily without needing a dedicated infrastructure staff early on. Additionally, Managed Kubernetes provides the scale on demand so users can focus on writing code for the business.
Sachin also agreed with Bikram, he says, Kubernetes can work virtually with any type of cloud application and is highly portable because it can be used on a variety of infrastructures. It has the ability to scale its environment from one cloud to another. Kubernetes is a market leader nowadays, there was the time when it arises and never looked back since then. With its deployment, it has increased the productivity of the organizations and approx 59% of companies are working with it.
Technology has numbers of pros and cons. At one side, we take all kinds of leverage by using numbers of applications, another side we also face numbers of issues, either its related to security or data management. Kubernetes has also some challenges, emphasizing the challenges Sachin says, Kubernetesisalsoacombinationofbenefitsanddrawbacks.ThemostcommonchallengesanyorganizationfaceswhentheydeployKubernetes are; security concerns (47%), Difficulty in scaling up (37%)and insufficiency of IT resources (34%).
Bikram also shares some similar challenges, he says, Kubernetes require a steep learning curve. Developers need to be comfortable with microservices-based architectures, concepts and terminology around Ops including deploying code and operating apps, in addition to the Kubernetes platform itself.
He also says that the information and resources available about the Kubernetes do not cover many topics beyond “getting started” and introductory concepts. Few resources exist to prepare developers and teams for “Day 2 operations,” including issues they are likely to face when their workloads are deployed into production. Finally, Kubernetes technology is constantly evolving (one release per quarter), which outdates much of the technical content and tutorials within 1-2 years.
Potential Future of Kubernetes
Kubernetes’ future is inextricably linked to that of containers and micro services. While shifting to micro services without containers is possible, the benefits aren’t as significant. Containers are quickly gaining traction in the software development world, and so does Kubernetes. Because of its deep expertise, business acceptance, and robust infrastructure, it has become the go-to container orchestrator, states Sachin
Despite having lots of challenges, Bikram believes that Kubernetes has a bright future, because Kubernetes is becoming the de-facto standard for running containerized workloads for organizations of all sizes – from very large IT departments to fast moving development teams building SaaS apps. Standardized developer workflow will emerge to enable rapid onboarding (from code to running services in the cloud) and iterations (canary, blue-green, rollback) for developers. More and more offerings will take away the effort currently involved in operating Kubernetes – whether it is providing a managed PaaS experience on top of Kubernetes (like DigitalOcean App Platform) or simplifying other aspects of “Day 2 Operations” such as monitoring, logging, CI/CD integration, security, governance etc.
According to a Gartner’s report, by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, which is a significant increase from fewer than 30% in 2019. It means that the future of IT sector will be seen a greater impact in upcoming days. Today, we can see the major transformation in IT sector and the reason is Kubernetes. It has totally renovated the way industry looked at the infrastructure of orchestration. Lastly, it has become useful not only for vertical and horizontal scaling of containers, but also made the drastic changes for engineers’ expectations. Kubernetes has earned a lot of appreciation and from last few years it spread drastically all over the world. Upcoming time will hear some interesting stories and appreciation of kubernetes as it has shown positive results in a short span of time.