Kubernetes has become quite a breakthrough in the IT world, but why? What does it give to businesses that makes every CTO wonder if their product would benefit from Kubernetes? Let's dig into the reasons.
As an orchestrator, Kubernetes does two things: keeps infrastructure at its desired state and replaces malfunctioning containers with healthy ones. This frees a DevOps engineer from performing routine tasks that can effortlessly be taken over by a machine.
However, there is one more question — when to use Kubernetes? Kubernetes works only with containerized applications. This means that monolithic products will have to configure auto-scaling and load balancing manually using different tools.
What Kubernetes DOES help businesses to achieve is better fault-tolerance and application performance quality. When using a containerized application that is orchestrated by Kubernetes under the hood, you will never encounter such issues as 'Service is unavailable', 'Oops! The server is down', 'Service is not responding. Try again later', which itself will shorten the feedback cycle for the product and leave a positive impression on the user.
Overall, Kubernetes deployment and use eventually involve several factors:
- manual work automation
- positive user experience
- better user retention
- shorter feedback cycle
- better operability
As mentioned earlier, non-containerized applications cannot deploy Kubernetes, but they can still achieve all the factors mentioned above without it. Can the containerized apps do it?
Well, yes, they can. The fact is, not all the businesses need or can implement Kubernetes. It does make their life easier, but it's not always necessary. To define if Kubernetes implementation would benefit your business, you need to consider several factors: the complexity of your IT infrastructure, the level of its automation, etc.
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