What is Kubernetes and when to use it

First of all…

You probably already know something about what Kubernetes is, or you’ve heard of it, but if you don’t quite understand the advantages of this powerful tool, in Geko we want to guide you.

As you may already know, Kuberentes is a container orchestrator that allows you to deploy your production applications to the cloud in an automated way. It was developed by Google and subsequently donated to the community, making it an Open Source project.

With Kubernetes, multiple parts of the same application can run in isolated containers, so if one part of an application becomes inoperative, only that part can be restored instead of the entire server. This saves time and increases productivity when developing applications and putting them into production.

At Geko Cloud we are experts in Kubernetes and the use of microservices architectures, something that addresses both the need to make better use of computing resources and the need to maintain increasingly complex web applications.

What are the advantages of using Kubernetes in your business?

We will tell you some of them:

  • Unify the deployment model.
  • Increases accountability and autonomy of the development team.
  • Achieves high-speed horizontal growth, i.e. scalability, in addition to vertical node autoscaler and HPA.
  • DRP or business continuity.
  • Kubernetes is a cutting-edge technology, but it has been around long enough to warrant its use, and there is a large community behind it to support it.
  • There are a number of cloud-managed K8s platforms that allow you to eliminate complexity.
  • It is cloud agnostic, offering scalability between environments and infrastructures.
  • It provides tracking and security.

But you also need to know when not to use Kubernetes

As we indicated at the beginning, we want to guide you on when to use or not to use Kubernetes and what to consider when using it.

  • You should keep in mind that Kubernetes needs an initial implementation and operational cost.
  • It is advisable to implement it as a business model not as a platform.
  • Operating a Kuberentes cluster without Cloud as the management layer adds some complexity, if a whole K8S cluster goes down, everything will go down.
  • It is a platform that was designed for small stateless apps and their interconnection, not designed to deploy DB infrastructure or other high-risk infrastructures. But with the improvements in high availability and new features it allows more and more structures to be brought in internally. The new stateful support mitigates this.

Learn more about when and how to use Kubernetes in our webinar

Watch it here:
Webinar Kubernetes

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At Geko Cloud we are at your disposal if you are looking for a partner to implement Kubernetes, migrate to the cloud, switch to a microservices model or manage your platform in the cloud.

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