Have you ever heard the word Kubernetes and wondered what in the world it is? The name Kubernetes sounds so foreign, but it is extremely useful in the technical world. Kubernetes is a valuable tool that allows enterprises to deploy, scale, and manage containerized applications virtually anywhere. The hard part is making sure to align your business to take full advantage of Kubernetes. Now you are probably thinking about why you should start using Kubernetes, and here are a few reasons for using Kubernetes.

Customer Experience Driven by Speed and Agility

Almost every enterprise today is a software business of some kind, and one thing they all have in common is providing a great customer experience. Having great customer experiences requires constant change to keep those experiences easy, relevant, and fast. To achieve this would be to have a continuous release of security updates to fix issues, drive new features and capabilities, and implement improvements. These releases are best to do multiple times a day if possible, as some of today’s leading digital experiences release updates on an average of 11.7 seconds. This need for speed and agility for innovation is helping to drive the way companies are running, securing their modern applications, and building their business, leading to the transformation of software architecture into what we call micro-services. These micro-services all depend on containerized application and orchestration –automation—to speed up the deployments of improvements and new capabilities that are essential to maintaining highly available, secure customer experiences.

Faster Time from Development to Market

Kubernetes uses the micro-services approach, which allows you to break up the development team into smaller teams that can focus on single, smaller micro-services. Having smaller teams will enable you to be more agile and focused on a single task. These smaller teams also minimize the amount of cross-team communication required to finish small tasks when building and deploying. This helps to manage larger applications across many containers more efficiently by handling many of the nitty-gritty details of maintaining container-based apps.

Cost Optimization

Using Kubernetes helps cut infrastructure costs quite drastically when operating at a massive scale. Kubernetes makes container-based architecture feasible by packaging together apps optimally using cloud and hardware investments you already made. Before Kubernetes was a thing, administrators would often over-provisioned their infrastructure to handle the unexpected spikes conservatively or just because it was difficult and time-consuming manually scaling containerized applications. Using Kubernetes intelligently schedules and tightly packs containers and considers the available resources. Kubernetes will also automatically scale your applications to meet your business needs.

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Feb 9 22
Christina Zumwalt