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What is Kubernetes?

by Iwan Price-Evans on DevOps • May 24, 2022

Kubernetes is an open-source software project that provides tools for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containers in production environments.

What Are Containers?

Containers are small pieces of software that run independently of each other. Unlike virtual machines (VMs), containers share resources with other containers on the same system. In addition to being able to run on any operating system, containers are portable. That means that you can move them between systems without losing data.

Why Use Kubernetes?

Kubernetes makes it easy to automate container deployments across different clouds. This means that you can easily scale up or down as needed without having to worry about managing servers manually. You also gain access to a wide range of features such as monitoring, logging, security, and more.

What Is Docker?

Docker is a lightweight virtualization technology that makes it easy to package up an application into its own environment. This lets you easily move apps between servers and even different clouds.

You can use Kubernetes to manage Docker containers. Docker also has its own container orchestration platform called Docker Swarm.

Is Kubernetes Complicated?

Kubernetes is often accused of being complicated. However, complicated application infrastructure doesn’t necessarily mean a more complicated deployment workflow overall – and that’s the balance Kubernetes attempts to strike.

Kubernetes moves the complexity from the applications into the application infrastructure. It handles things like logging, redundancy, scaling, and security – functions that would otherwise be built into every application. With Kubernetes managing much of the complexity at the infrastructure level, your applications can be simpler, leading to faster development and easier maintenance.

Does Snapt Help With Kubernetes Deployment?

Yes.  Snapt Nova provides dynamic load balancing and security on-demand for your Kubernetes ingress in public cloud, massively reducing the complexity of managing this critical interface. Read our datasheet to learn more about Snapt Nova and Kubernetes.