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Kubernetes is a leading cloud-native, open source project. As Kubernetes matures, adoption is on the rise with the help of the CNCF pushing cloud native technologies.
Containers, service meshes, microservices, immutable infrastructure, and declarative APIs are all cloud-native technologies enabling teams to build loosely coupled systems that are resilient, manageable, and observable. Combined with robust automation, they allow engineers to make high-impact changes frequently and predictably with minimal toil.
This sounds great, but it also changes how we work. Everything in the Kubernetes world is new since 2015 - new ways of working, new technologies, new infrastructure requirements. As a result, whether you are just starting your cloud-native journey or are already underway, there comes a point where you will likely need some Kubernetes support.
Of course you can turn to Kubernetes documentation or some of the great resources that already exist - Fairwinds has a How to Kube video series you can check out. But that takes time and potentially you might not come up with the answer. Now combine all the many open source tools available to help you successfully run Kubernetes - like helm, nginx-ingress, RBAC-manager, Polaris, etc. or a curated selection - and the help that may be required for them.
It takes time for teams to learn on the job and all businesses have to decide how much educational time and training is tolerable. There are instances when having an expert available to answer questions can drastically help a team.
There are three types of Kubernetes support services and software options that can help along the cloud-native journey:
If you require Kubernetes support, Fairwinds can help. We have many different flavors of support to help you be successful as you adopt Kubernetes. Not just experts in Kubernetes, we are also experts in the open source tools that help you be successful.