Kubernetes is Transforming Operations in the Enterprise

Jonathan MathewsPublic

At many organizations, managing containerized applications at scale is the order of the day (or soon will be). And few open source projects are having the impact in this arena that Kubernetes is.

Above all, Kubernetes is ushering in “operations transformation” and helping organizations make the transition to cloud-native computing, says Craig McLuckie co-founder and CEO of Heptio and a co-founder of Kubernetes at Google, in a recent free webinar, ‘Getting to Know Kubernetes.’  Kubernetes was created at Google, which donated the open source project to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

As was historically true for the very first Local-Area Networks and Linux alike, McLuckie noted that small groups of upstart staffers at many organizations are driving operational change by adopting Kubernetes.

“For a lot of organizations, the road to cloud-native computing starts with small groups of rebels,” he said. “Organizations are tired. They’re tired of toil. They’re tired of the pain associated with relatively traditional operations models. The rebels learn about Kubernetes, they’re curious, and then they become the internal champions for their organization.”

Kubernetes brings agility

Cloud-native computing has created a world where a specialized operations team can maintain technologies and make them accessible for everyone.

“There is tremendous value in moving from traditional operations functions that are ticket driven, and involve a high amount of manual toil, to a world where you live with expert operators,” McLuckie said. “Expert operators are not just dealing with things that are scoped to a single application, or a single department, or a single division.”

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