On your journey to successful Kubernetes adoption, you will go through many phases. It tends to start when you’re interested in containerizing an app, but then you realize the management of the infrastructure and your applications will become complex fast. Kubernetes has quickly become the de facto container orchestration platform - more than three in four firms included in the CNCF report said they were using Kubernetes in some form. You may end up playing around with a raspberry pi at home, but eventually you’ll want to evaluate the benefits of using Kubernetes as the building blocks for your business applications.
The thing is, evaluating Kubernetes isn’t always easy for a few reasons:
There is architectural, operational, configuration, and conceptual complexity
There is application development complexity
It’s a distributed system
It can be deployed on-prem or on a managed Kubernetes cloud like GKE, EKS or AKS
It has a huge code base and in some areas isn’t well documented
Teams that have selected Kubernetes or are still making the decision to re-platform can struggle with lengthy POCs to validate the cloud native technology works for their application or services. Adopting the platform correctly with the confidence that it’s production-grade can be a lengthy process and there is the risk of not doing it right the first time. Not all organizations have the time, budget or team expertise to get there.
The Kubernetes Benefits are There!
But don’t let the above get you down. Kubernetes has a lot of benefits.
Faster Time to Market, Greater Agility
Kubernetes lets you focus on what you do best: shipping a great application or service. It takes care of the "busy-work" of maintaining healthy infrastructure, so you can spend your time hardening your architecture, improving developer workflows with APIs they understand and can work with, and shipping new features. That’s good for customers and good for business.
The Ease of PaaS, Customized for You
Customers expect your application to be up and running and highly performant. As consumers, we all have the same high expectations. That calls for all companies to build scalable, modern applications to strategically support business objectives. Cloud native technologies - microservices, containers and Kubernetes - enable you to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic cloud environments. It gives you the ease of a PaaS, customized to your needs.
Kubernetes Community Support
Kubernetes is a container orchestration platform that allows you to manage containers that run your apps and automates downtime response. It’s open source, backed by a big community of developers and the major three cloud providers all offer managed Kubernetes - GKE, EKS and AKS.
How to Evaluate Kubernetes: KubeStart
Kubernetes is the de facto standard for container orchestration. So how can you evaluate it while overcoming the challenges mentioned above?
KubeStart by Fairwinds can help. KubeStart helps accelerate and enable organizations’ trial and adoption of Kubernetes. Teams save money by avoiding lengthy resource intensive proof of concepts. KubeStart enables successful Kubernetes adoption and peace of mind that security, reliability and efficiency are built in from the start.
Fairwinds provides two, out-of-the-box, production-grade clusters using Terraform infrastructure as code. These clusters have everything required to run in production including Fairwinds Elements, our curated selection of open source add-ons required to scale and manage Kubernetes on GKE, EKS or AKS. Teams get production-grade clusters in days, not months, plus the training and support they need to speed up decision-making, proof of concepts and overall successful adoption. Use KubeStart to get the benefits of Kubernetes while reducing your risk of ineffective POCs or delay in replatforming to Kubernetes.