Opinion: Why Kubernetes Managed Services are becoming a key trend

From augmented reality to AI-driven solutions, evolving technology trends have the potential to make our daily lives more efficient and more exciting – provided we understand and embrace them to their full potential. The same applies to the cloud industry.

Operators are looking for every opportunity to deliver simplicity and efficiency to their customers. Container technology has been instrumental in the progress businesses have made in these areas, having allowed them to manage and run a plethora of complex operations by orchestrating software.

Now businesses can take this operational efficiency a step further by using a managed Kubernetes service, alleviating some of the pressure of keeping the engines running from the organisation itself.  

Containerisation

Containers were born out of a goal to do just that and bring simplicity to software development and operation. However, moving software between computing environments, from a computer to a test environment for instance, is a bumpy process. While a container allows software to easily traverse environments, organisations need a way to organise the containers themselves.

Many organisations (83% worldwide to be exact) are responding to this challenge by using a Kubernetes solution. The technology orchestrates multiple containers on the required compute, storage and network resources seamlessly and in the most efficient way. Let’s take a closer look at why products like Kubernetes are becoming more essential for businesses today:

Improvement of end-user experience

Kubernetes does not replace the infrastructure itself, but rather limits the potential impact that could be caused by an issue affecting the fixed, localised infrastructure. This is achieved by spreading critical business services horizontally across multiple virtual machines (nodes), maintaining good service and allowing the end user to easily spot problematic nodes.

Let me give you another example of how this distribution can offer powerful business benefits. Some modern container services provide an ‘autoscaling’ capability, meaning that the number of replica machines can be dynamically adjusted in certain situations. For instance, in a high traffic situation the number can be increased to share the weight and prevent there being a costly impact on service and experience. When this service is combined with a professional, external team, a great deal of pressure is alleviated from internal teams.

No vendor-locking

Businesses are looking to cloud technology not only for infrastructure but as a platform. They require a Kubernetes service that is open source and compatible with any pure Kubernetes solution, without the hassle of installation or operation. Designed in a cloud-native way, Kubernetes Managed Services does just that and operates on an open-source basis.

This means that organisations gain complete freedom to leverage the services of multiple providers, to create competitive customer experiences. One example is when an organisation wants to move an application between infrastructures, which would otherwise be impossible when using restrictive proprietary alternatives. Kubernetes “Managed” Services facilitates this alleviating the need for the business itself to handle the complex process of deploying and maintaining a secure Kubernetes environment.

As technology continues to evolve, businesses are placing greater importance on support services from their technology providers, to handle rapidly increasing waves of data. While the use of Kubernetes Managed Services is well-established among major cloud-native businesses, it’s yet to be fully embraced by most large enterprises. Those who jump on board with Kubernetes will be able to reduce the complexity of data management and operations, and in turn drive business growth.

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