How To Choose A Kubernetes Management Platform That Is Right For You?

Growing Adoption of Kubernetes among Enterprises

Kubernetes usage appears to be a popular pattern being adopted by enterprises these days. Recently, 56 percent of the organizations that polled for the 2020 edition of The State of Enterprise Open Source report, said that they expected their use of containers to increase in the next 12 months. The report polled 950 IT leaders.

Kubernetes has practically become the new norm for container orchestration. Enterprises going cloud-native consider Kubernetes as one of the important elements contributing to the success of implementing a cloud-first strategy. If you’re planning to re-architect your business architecture, I’m sure Kubernetes is the first thing that comes to your mind, isn’t it? Let’s take a look at other interesting Kubernetes facts.

According to a report by Statista, one-third of organizations surveyed by a source is using the container technology system- Kubernetes in some way among which,
– 21% of the organizations are involved in researching Kubernetes
-13% of the organizations are experimenting with Kubernetes
-12% of the organizations are running Kubernetes in production
-8% of the organizations are using Kubernetes for developing & testing

The blog highlights the benefits of Kubernetes and features that you should consider while choosing a Kubernetes management platform for enabling a smooth and effective Kubernetes adoption to drive productivity and business value.

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Tinder’s Giant Leap to Kubernetes

Due to high traffic volume, initially, Tinder’s engineering team faced certain challenges of scale and stability. So, what did they do? In order to migrate 200 services, Tinder’s engineering team executed a Kubernetes cluster, with a total of 1,000 nodes, 15,000 pods, and 48,000 running containers. That wasn’t an easy task at first, but once the team gained the knowledge and experience, they could easily containerize and deploy their applications on Kubernetes. Finally, they could easily migrate the services with higher scalability and stability.

Why do we need Kubernetes?

You can use Kubernetes to deploy your services, to roll out new releases with zero-downtime, and to scale (or de-scale) those services. Listed below are five crucial business capabilities that Kubernetes can drive in an enterprise–no matter it’s large or small.

  1. Faster time to market
  2. IT cost optimization
  3. Improved scalability and availability
  4. Multi-cloud (and hybrid cloud) flexibility
  5. Effective migration to the cloud

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Features to Consider when choosing the Platform

While you can choose various options to install and implement Kubernetes from scratch, many companies opt for a Kubernetes Management platform to make things easy. Here is how you can choose the right Kubernetes management solution for your enterprise.

Production Grade

Since configuring Kubernetes can be resource-intensive and time-consuming. Thus, a production-ready solution can help you overcome these configuration hassles for seamless cluster management. The solution should automate all management tasks within the cluster in order to speed up your production rate. It should support the creation of namespaces, ingress, config maps, and secrets with minimal complexity and maximum ease. Important capabilities that a platform should have include,

  • Removing a cluster
  • Updating the control plane and node computing
  • Maintaining and updating the nodes
  • Upgrading the Kubernetes API version
  • Securing the cluster
  • Upgrading the cluster

Multi/Hybrid Cloud

Kubernetes can be used anywhere so you can deploy to public/private/hybrid clouds, with greater availability and security. A Kubernetes management platform should have the capabilities that can help to avoid tooling bursts, potential hazards with “vendor lock-in” and management overhead.

Check if the platform you’re choosing allows you to work with multiple cloud vendors, build a common infrastructure between clouds, cloud regions, and the data center. This allows apps to run in various environments without the need to adapt them. Simply put, the platform should enable smooth, simple, and quick cluster onboarding allowing users to onboard an existing cluster from any cloud or on-premise infrastructure.

Intuitive Manageability

Managing a production-grade Kubernetes cluster with complete security, scalability, observability, and reliability is quite taxing and challenging. With the right Kubernetes management platform in hand, things can be managed well. Ensure that the platform you choose has automated intelligent monitoring capabilities to provide you with the necessary details of early detection and intervention to prevent disasters.

Kubernetes platform must have built-in features such as self-healing and automated rollouts/rollbacks, for effective cluster management. Moreover, it should support schedulers that can monitor a cluster and perform actions whenever the actual state does not match the desired state. Schedulers are operators that continuously monitor the system and fix discrepancies between the desired and actual state.

A platform that supports easy integration and set-up of monitoring and log management tools such as Prometheus, Grafana, Alert Manager, ElasticSearch Fluentd, and Kibana can prove to be a good choice. These tools help to collect information about the performance of containerized applications.

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BuildPiper The approach to Managed Kubernetes Delivery with BuildPiper goes beyond the initial setup and ease of manageability and is aimed at making Kubernetes — microservice application ready! Managed Kubernetes delivery is structured around 4 primary levers that club together to enable production-ready Microservices.

  • Setting up Secure, Scalable, Compliant, and cost-optimized K8s Cluster
  • Deep insights and observability
  • Configuration & Maintenance for Microservices ready K8s
  • Enhanced Production-Grade Microservice Tooling

For easy management of applications deployment on Kubernetes, BuildPiper makes use of Helm. Helm is a tool that is used for managing Kubernetes’ packages called charts. Helm charts provide great help in defining, installing, and upgrading Kubernetes applications.

How can BuildPiper help?

BuildPiper helps in the complete management of your Microservices Application Delivery including Kubernetes. It provides application and infrastructure-centric views into the K8s clusters so that you can effectively manage, troubleshoot, and scale your environment. To operate a dynamic environment at scale, BuildPiper allows you to:

  • Achieve immediate and comprehensive visibility into all the cluster entities
  • Gain and monitor accurate performance and status data with deep insights
  • Integrate and set up infrastructure monitoring and log management tools with out-of-the-box product functionalities.
  • Enable further configuration of Kubernetes to make it ready for microservices consumption.

BuildPiper enables effective and hassle-free cluster management in combination with its other added functionalities of Managed Microservices, Secure CI/CD Pipelines, and Security, Compliance, and Observability, and much more! BuildPiper allows you to drive business value across microservices application delivery from Day 1 with 10X reduction in time & investments needed and a shift left philosophy & NoOps mindset for multi/hybrid cloud.

Opstree is an End to End DevOps solution provider

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