What is Kubernetes

  • Kubernetes (k8s) - popular container orchestrator
  • Container orchestration - make many servers act like one
  • Released by Google in 2015, maintained by large community
  • Runs on top of Docker (usually) as a set of APIs in containers
  • Provides API / CLI to manage containers across servers
  • Many clouds provide it for you
  • Many vendors make a "distribution" of it

Why Kubernetes

  • Orchestration: Next logical step in journey to a faster DevOps
  • First, understand why you may need orchestration, as not every solution needs orchestration
  • Number of servers + change rate = benefits of orchestration
  • Then, decide which orchestrator
  • If Kubernetes, decide which distribution
    • cloud or self-managed (Docker Enterprise, Rancher, OpenShift, Canonical, VMWare PKS)
    • don't usually need pure upstream version of k8s from Github

Kubernetes or Swarm

  • Kubernetes and Swarm are both container orchestrators
  • Boths are solid platforms with vendor backing
  • Swarm: easier to deploy / manage
  • Kubernetes: More features and more flexibility
  • Understand both and know your requirements

Advantages of Swarm

  • Comes with Docker, single vendor platform
  • Easiest orchestrator to deploy / manage yourself
  • Follows 80/20 rules (somewhat), 20% of features compared to k8s cover 80% of use cases
  • Run anywhere Docker does
    • local, cloud, datacenter
    • ARM, Windows, 32-bit, etc

Advantages of Kubernetes

  • Clouds will deploy / manage Kubernetes for you
  • Infrastructure vendors are making their own distributions
  • Widest adoptions and community
  • Flexible: covers widest set of use cases
  • "Kubernetes first" vendor support
  • "No one ever got fired for buying IBM"
    • picking solutions isn't 100% rational
    • trendy, will benefit your career
    • CIO / CTO checkbox