Kubernetes has been getting a lot of attention lately and it’s not hard to figure out why. In fact, the Kubernetes website provides more than 50 case studies of unique scenarios in which Kubernetes removed barriers for managing infrastructure and services while reducing the operational overhead and overall cost; all of which would not have been possible otherwise.
Kubernetes can scale up to 10x while freeing up 9 out of 10 employees for other work!
For GolfNow, a move to Kubernetes reduces their infrastructure cost by 50% while increasing scaling capabilities. For Philips Lighting who processes over 25 million requests per day on their Hue Smart Lighting system, moving to Kubernetes means that they can run one of their projects at 10x the scale of other similar projects while only requiring one-tenth of the labor. Imagine if you could scale 10x while freeing up 9 out of 10 employees for other work! And at Squarespace, the transition from a monolith to microservices solves headaches for developers, but pushes new problems on the infrastructure team. The use of Kubernetes for that organization buys back an 85% increase in productivity that was lost on infrastructure and application deployments. There are plenty of stories out there just like these, painting the picture of why Kubernetes is the way forward.
Kubernetes buys back an 85% increase in productivity that was lost on infrastructure and application deployments.
Kubernetes comes with a plethora of benefits for any organization. Let’s take a look at some of those benefits and why you might choose Kubernetes:
1. Sustainable Scaling
Kubernetes can scale without increasing the size of your operations or infrastructure teams. Because Kubernetes serves as an abstraction layer over your infrastructure, you only need to interact with Kubernetes — not with each individual server. In fact, the need to backup servers completely goes away with Kubernetes.
As the complexity of a system increases, the flexibility of Kubernetes grows. With its modular and pluggable design, you can extend the functionality of Kubernetes to suit your needs. Fortunately, the community of Kubernetes adopters have a propensity to open-source and share their addons and extensions, so there is no shortage of tools to leverage along your journey.
The core of how you operate Kubernetes (deploy applications, scale, etc…) remains the same. Whether you are running on-premises or in the cloud, with bare-metal or virtual machines, or even spanning on-premises and multiple clouds, the core of how you manage your services will remain consistent between all of the environments. Pick up and move tomorrow or span multiple hosting solutions for ultimate fault-tolerance.
Your infrastructure and applications are all the same shapes, meaning that the process for how you handle one is the same process for how you handle the others. Yes — there is some ramp-up for learning Kubernetes. And if you learn it, your CI/CD pipeline will look almost identical for every application. You also won’t have to manage dependencies on all of your servers any longer and your applications will be completely self-contained with their own dependencies.
5. Cost Savings
With Kubernetes, you can ensure that your servers are used at their max capacity without overloading them. With the concept of resource packing, Kubernetes knows how to make the most effective use of the servers in a cluster. No more paying for excessive unused resources.
Kubernetes reduces infrastructure cost by 50%.
6. Pain Points
Perhaps you have noticed that your operational and infrastructure costs are inflating rapidly as you try to write more applications and services. Kubernetes is the de facto way to solve that problem. Or maybe your developers are spending excessive amounts of time maintaining and implementing features in a massive monolithic application and are wanting to break it down into smaller services. Buying in to Kubernetes as a targeted approach will save you time, money, and resources in the transition.
At New Signature, we’re huge believers in helping companies create more business value through Azure and DevOps. And when paired with a solid DevOps culture, Kubernetes can accelerate IT organizations into the next level of high-performance software delivery. From figuring out where to start with Kubernetes to initial implementation and beyond, we would love to partner with you along your journey. We’ll set you in the right direction and work with you along the way to ensure a successful transition.