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Kubernetes is the new foundation to digital transformation success – CIOs need to listen up.

But let’s take a step back for a moment. Understanding the capabilities of Kubernetes – a technology for running, automating and managing containers has to start by understanding the role it can play in helping CIOs evolve the business.

Kubernetes – far more than a technical buzzword – is a crucial part of the modern management story within our changing landscape of app build and delivery. Kubernetesis Greek for “helmsman”, and the origin of the word “governor”, so this technology really is the governor of the infrastructure.

What makes Kubernetes so compelling is that it was made to allow IT teams to manage and orchestrate thousands of containers. It is fundamental to building modern apps in a multi-cloud world – acting as the foundation to manage and scale cloud-native applications and ensure an open consistent developer experience across multiple cloud environments. 

Understanding Kubernetes also requires understanding the fundamentals behind how modern apps are built. It used to be that applications were built as monoliths but, unfortunately, monoliths tend not to scale very well and often also have availability issues. An example is Twitter. You used to hear about Twitter outages every time there was a big celebrity event with lots of people tweeting. You don’t hear about that anymore. It’s because Twitter adopted a new way of architecting their application: Microservices.

Think of Netflix and its meteoric rise to becoming the world’s leading internet entertainment service. This simply wouldn’t be possible with monolithic databases and apps. It is only through microservices that it has succeeded, with growth in container use at Netflix now exceeding three million in April 2018.

The rise of microservices and Kubernetes is fundamentally allowing a more agile way for teams to experiment, fail fast and the same time to find out the right and wrong bits of applications to put in containers.

This is the very heart of innovation in today’s multi-cloud world, and where automating the deployment process for managing containers enables businesses to save money, ensure scalability, improve efficiency and free up IT teams from maintenance-based tasks.

In the long term, we believe that Kubernetes can be applied to so much more than just containers. We predict that many vendors will start to offer the whole Kubernetesstack to customers and help them to apply it to other areas to scale their business.

We’re only just starting to see the impact this technology can have on businesses. Enterprises need to make the most out of their technology, helping them transition from where they are to where they need to be, and future-ready for the next technology frontier.

It’s about knowing how organisations want to consume Kubernetes. Some might want a simple version, others will require a more integrated solution, and some will want Kubernetes as a service that’s managed in the cloud, and so all of these options need to be factored in.

Click here to read about why more businesses are jumping at the chance to drive transformation forward.

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