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Cloud Megacast Recap: Why Run Containers and Kubernetes, and Why SaaS-Managed Kubernetes?

Container-based applications are often architected using the “microservices” pattern, which calls for organizing applications as small components and multiple independent service tiers. This leads to large numbers of containers, resulting in the need for orchestration frameworks to manage those containers at scale. Kubernetes has emerged as the leading container orchestration framework. Among its many capabilities, Kubernetes allows us to group containers (pods), self-heal containerized applications (deployments), and abstract access to a group of containers (services). While Kubernetes can manage modern applications very well, it has hundreds of configuration options, multiple layers, and dozens of addons and plugins. The plethora of choices make it hard for deployers to focus on building applications that run on top of Kubernetes. Instead, deployers end up babysitting Kubernetes itself.

Platform9 can provide high availability, scaling, monitoring, and management for your Kubernetes clusters. In addition to zero operational overhead, rolling upgrades every 4-6 weeks imply that you can move to the latest version, if you choose to do so, with close to zero downtime. You will also have the option of scaling container applications using on-premises infrastructure, public clouds, or both. In addition, our customers are rolled-out in less than a day, and our free sandbox, which provides a guided walkthrough, spins up in a few seconds.

You can learn more about Containers, Kubernetes and Platform9 Managed Kubernetes in the following webinar by Bich Le, Co-founder and Chief Architect at Platform9. Bich answers the following questions:

  • Why should you be thinking about containers? (1:38)
    Google has been using containers for over 10 years. Bich explores the importance of incorporating containers in your IT strategy.
  • Why Kubernetes matters? (3:02)
    The containers mini-revolution has brought about different choices for orchestration frameworks, including Docker Swarm and Mesos. Why should you start considering Kubernetes?
  • What value can Platform9 provide for you? (5:29)
    Learn about the Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) value proposition.
  • How does Platform9 manage Kubernetes clusters? (8:34)
    An illustration of the Platform9 Management Plane, Kubernetes Control Plane and Data Plane is shown below; Bich elaborates about it in the webinar.

  • A demo with a sample application running on PMK (11:13)
    Get a glimpse of the Clarity UI, a Kubernetes orchestrated container application, and Platform9’s rolling upgrades feature. With rolling upgrades you can run the latest version of Kubernetes with little or no effect on your container workloads.

Take a look at the Containers, Kubernetes and Platform9 Managed Kubernetes webinar and try a free sandbox today. Please feel free to post any comments or questions below.

Chris Wright

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