‘Kubernetes-as-a-Service’ for Container Infrastructure
Speed of application development and delivery is where the industry success lies in the modern IT.
The modern IT industry has been transforming over the period to achieve that level of maturity for enhanced app delivery.
One technology that made this process easier is ‘Containers’.
Container-based architecture, as a lightweight model, has simplified the application development and created enough scope for independent and portable applications.
Kubernetes is known for its full-stack support to managing containers on any kind of platform, i.e., cloud or bare metal.
While every technology service in advanced stage is transforming into the ‘as a service’ model, Kubernetes is also gaining popularity as the Kubernetes-as-a-Service (KaaS) owing to its wide range of benefits to container ecosystem.
Defining Kubernetes-as-a-Service (KaaS)
Kubernetes as a Service (KaaS) is a technology solution that offers expertise support in Kubernetes (K8) services, helping customers shift to cloud-native-enabled K8-based platforms and also manage the lifecycle of Kubernetes clusters.
This primarily includes migration of workloads to K8 clusters along with their deployment, management and maintenance on the consumer data center.
Why Kubernetes as a Service?
In a bid to achieve competitive edge in the digital trend, most organizations are increasingly moving their workloads to container platforms.
But managing these containerized workloads is not an easy task without integrating container orchestration platforms.
Exactly at this point, Kubernetes offers an extending support as the market’s leading container orchestration tool.
These containerized workloads can be applications or componentized into microservices (hosted by containers), API servers, storage units and backend entities.
To manage them at scale, along with timely updating of stacks, in line with policy changes and at the pace of innovation may be a herculean task without the all-round expertise support.
And that comes as the Kubernetes as a Service (KaaS) model as a holistic approach to managing containerized workloads.
How Kubernetes as a Service (KaaS) Helps?
KaaS offers custom solutions keeping in view the organization’s budgetary constraints and datacenter capacity.
KaaS ensures a policy-based user management system giving infrastructure access to the users as per their business requirements. During the process, KaaS providers follow necessary security policies to ensure security is not compromised. Whereas, normal Kubernetes implementation has API servers exposed to internet, thus being vulnerable to possible security threats.
2) Planned Investment for Resources
Be it anything, for managing KaaS terminals or physical resources to handle storage and networks within the infrastructure, a customized KaaS solution presents an overview of entire existing architecture and enables organizations to perfectly plan investment for their resources.
3) Infrastructure Scaling
The high-level automation possible with KaaS makes it easy to scale infrastructure at any point to any level. This saves time and resources, and efforts of admin team responsible for the task.
4) Future-perfect Operations
Container-based workload management demands continuous and rolling updates. Kubernetes can suffice this requirement as an orchestration tool. However, this strategy may not fit in data center use-cases of certain organizations as best practices are still evolving to catch up the innovation speeds.
KaaS can address this challenge with its pre-defined policies and procedures that can be customized to the changing needs in all organizations with Kubernetes.
5) Multi-cloud Portability
Given their portable nature of container applications, container applications will have to run in both private clouds and public clouds in the multi-cloud era. Moreover, access to existing apps will also be shared in the multi-cloud environment.
In such a situation, KaaS providers take care of managing and portability of apps, giving the developer the freedom to focus on building apps.
6) Centralized Control
KaaS offers control to admins to manage Kubernetes clusters from a single UI terminal. This way, admins enjoy full visibility of all contents/components of all clusters and can also monitor their performance on a continuous basis.
They may also apply different frameworks to K8 stack, trigger alerts to K8 clusters and add security patches in case of possible vulnerabilities detected. Admins can connect with any container using a single medium of contact.
More such benefits are part of KaaS offerings. KaaS is best suitable for organizations of all sizes with containerized workloads or planning to do so in future. Adding to the efficiency of Kubernetes clusters, KaaS brings an overall improvement in your container infrastructure.
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