As more and more clients move to cloud-based technology, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about Kubernetes. An open-source container orchestration solution, Kubernetes is gaining popularity, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. (In fact, recent data shows that it’s used by one in three companies!)

In this article, we’ll cover what Kubernetes is, how companies are using it, and some of the benefits of this technology. Let’s start with the basics. 

What is Kubernetes? 

If you’re working with containers, you’ve likely heard of Kubernetes (also known as K8s). Fun fact: “kubernetes”  it’s also the Greek word for helmsman or pilot of a ship.  

According to Kubernetes’ website, it’s “an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.” In other words, it’s a tool that automates many of the manual processes involved in deploying, managing, and scaling containerized applications.

Containers simplify the process of building microservices. This makes it easier for developers to build modules of code that can then be deployed across many other platforms and environments.   

How Did Kubernetes Get Its Start?

Like many other emerging technologies, it all started at Google. It began as an internal system called “Borg” that managed containers. The solution is how Google was able to use highly distributed commodity hardware to run their massive systems. But once the industry realized the widespread need for this sort of solution, Borg transformed into the open-source Kubernetes project.

Today, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation maintains the Kubernetes open-source project, along with the ecosystem of Kubernetes-related technologies. 

How Does Kubernetes Work? 

Many organizations rely on multiple containers deployed across multiple servers, creating a complex operating environment. Until now, that is. Using Kubernetes helps to corral this complexity thanks to an open-source API that controls how those containers run. 

But how does that work exactly? Kubernetes orchestrates clusters of virtual machines (VMs) and schedules those containers to run on the VMs based on several factors, such as available computing resources and what’s required from each container. Kubernetes also incorporates load balancing, tracks resource allocation, manages service discovery, and scales as needed. 

What Are the Business Advantages of Kubernetes? 

Now that we’ve explored what Kubernetes is and how it works, let’s dive into the business side of things. Here are just a few of the benefits of using Kubernetes:

Simplifies Development 

One of the most powerful benefits of Kubernetes is that it reduces development and release timeframes. By facilitating the administration of access to storage resources from different providers, Kubernetes saves IT teams time by allowing them to operate more efficiently.

Saves Money

Kubernetes helps organizations save on IT costs thanks to automation. Automating a large number of operational tasks allows IT teams to focus on more strategic projects that require a human mind to handle. Kubernetes also helps save on IT management through the use of intelligent container administration. 

Increased Scalability 

Kubernetes can scale applications up or down as needed based on dynamic management. Its native autoscaling APIs allow it to dynamically request new resources to the infrastructure providing the service, ensuring continued performance as your business needs change. 

Cloud Flexibility 

Kubernetes allows organizations to take advantage of new hybrid and multi-cloud environments by guaranteeing the application will run smoothly in any public or private environment. It also makes it possible to accelerate the migration of applications from on-premises environments to public or private clouds. 

How Do I Know If Kubernetes is Right for My Organization? 

There are many advantages of using Kubernetes in any organization, regardless of size or industry. However, trying to navigate the cloud-native ecosystem can be a little intimidating on your own. If you’d like to get the lay of the land and learn more about what Kubernetes can do for your company, our senior-level IT consulting team is here to help get you where you want to go.

Contact us today to get started.