The Compelling Attributes of Hybrid Multi-Cloud Kubernetes
Hybrid Cloud is a coined phrase that business technology leaders are very familiar with. Hybrid Cloud has gained steam due to the numerous use cases of providing integration and portability of on-premise private and public clouds. Although newer to the IT landscape, multi-cloud is equally an important use case to the cloud attributes of cost, extensibility, flexibility and agility.
Although it has gaining popularity, it’s important to note the main drivers of both hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Hybrid cloud provides the extensibility from a private cloud to most commonly a public cloud for the use of services and workloads in an integrated fashion. Multi-cloud refers to a strategy to consume multiple single cloud providers services. These services are usually consumed in an isolated mode but are sometimes stitched together to create a single service.
In June, Google celebrated the start of its sixth year for the Kubernetes community. Kubernetes, affectionately known as K8s, has emerged as the standard for enterprise container orchestration, providing the abstraction experience from cloud vendors or physical hardware platforms. While K8s is gaining popularity and traction, it is also quietly standardizing the crowded field of application hosting technologies. In hybrid and multi-cloud on baremetal or virtualization, K8s is reinventing the Sun Microsystem Java vision of write once, run everywhere.
As business leaders, we must consider the compelling attributes of K8s as a feature enhancer and cloud neutralizer.
Applications designed for and hosted on K8s can easily benefit from built-in capabilities such as auto-recover, fault tolerance and scalability. In a hybrid multi-cloud configuration, the same application or individual micro-services may reside or be split between clouds adding an additional level of stability for the potential of high availability and disaster recovery planning.
An application doesn’t make money for the business while sitting in the test and development stages. K8s is the ideal platform for businesses looking to leverage continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipelines that can quickly and automatically build, test and deploy their workloads. Overall, K8s allows you to simplify your application development cycle by deploying to a single standard and hosting platform API regardless if the hosting is required to be on-premise and/or public cloud. Simplify your developer expectations with a consistent hosting model expediting testing and analysis of code disregarding specific cloud vendor nuances.
Your hosting provider no longer has the leverage of the golden handcuffs. In the simplest form, neutrality is providing you the ability to shop, compare and negotiate price of where your applications should reside. Switching or moving legacy workloads is extremely complicated because there is still a lack of cloud standardization. As a consumer utilizing a K8s test and deployment model, associate the cloud providers as a commodity service and move workloads freely from cloud to cloud.
Provide a consistent service management experience and support level to all of your cloud infrastructure regardless of the targeted cloud vendor. Leverage single automation processes, consolidate operational tools and train your operational teams on only one platform, disregarding the cloud location or vendor native technologies.
While enterprises have many choices of application hosting platforms, the business drivers of hybrid multi-cloud model will add complexity. Kubernetes hosting is not a free hall pass to enterprise application deployment and hosting, but there are many compelling advantages that you must consider if you are fostering a hybrid multi cloud model. If your business requirements are a moving target and your current solution is a square piece being forced in a round hole, see how Kubernetes may be the round piece you have been looking for.