Kubernetes for everyone – Amateur tech diviner – Issue #12

Amateur tech diviner(6)As part of my role as a senior product marketing manager at an enterprise software company with an open source development model, I publish a regular update about market trends for product marketers, managers, and other influencers. In the spirit of open source, here are the 5 articles my audience found the most interesting last week (as measured by clicks) and why I think that’s so.

“In this article we will aim to understand the value of virtualization in a container-driven world, explore the current virtualization capabilities in Kubernetes and get started with Container Native Virtualization (Kubevirt) using Red Hat’s Kubernetes enterprise distribution, OpenShift”

Why I suspect this played: When a new technology approach to a problem becomes available, people often think of an “either or” type situation. Virtual machines and containers are both answers to a similar problem; running applications and maximizing hardware utilization (although containers have a lot more to do with packaging applications than virtual machines ever did). Kubevirt says “you don’t have to choose, you can have both!”.

“Sure enough, Kubernetes (k8s) is on the top of the Gartner Hype Cycle. Many newly created “DevOps” teams are facing inevitable disappointment. (You know, the ones that have been rebranded DevOps because it sounds cooler). Nevertheless, Kubernetes does provide tremendous value if used right. Let’s take a gander what these values are and why you might want to care about them.”

Why I suspect this played: This is a very “ops” oriented breakdown of all the reasons that you’d want a container orchestrator (like Kubernetes or it’s ehnanced, enterprise counterpart OpenShift). With so much already said about the values of containers to developers, it is good to have a reminder that this technology addresses challenges facing multiple personas (a.k.a software doesn’t run itself, thanks operators!).

Curse you choices! Kubernetes or Application Servers? (Part 3)

“Kubernetes alone is great for lots of applications not requiring the services offered by Application Servers. On the flip side, there will be applications that do require those services or frameworks. Those applications need functionality offered by WildFly and Thorntail. Whatever their final operating environment is, Kubernetes or bare metal.”

Why I suspect this played: This answered a question that many of us had: what’s the deal with containers and enterprise Java applications? The answer is something along the lines is: if you’ve spent a bunch of cash making Java to drive your business, don’t worry, bring it with you!

Automation: The Lingua Franca of IT Security

There is no chance that human operators, no matter how many are at your disposal, can cope with the scale, complexity and speed of modern IT environments—a fact that needs to be acknowledged industrywide. The age-old saying rings true: Work smarter, not harder. And at cloud scale, enterprises need to consider security automation to adhere to that adage.”

Why I suspect this played: Allesandro is a big picture thinker. No matter what he is writing about; he is writing about the future of technology and it’s impact on our lives. Also security.

“To that goal, I have compared the core infrastructure services across the most popular cloud providers, which are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In addition to the core infrastructure services, each cloud provider brings their unique proprietary offerings in the NoSQL, Big Data, Analytics, ML and other such areas.”

Why I suspect this played: It is helpful to get an unbiased opinion about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the big 3 public clouds. By happy coincidence, the conclusion (customers will mix and match based on needs / constraints / use cases) lines up nicely with that of my employer (any workload, any environment, no lock-in)

Those stories got the most attention last week; subscribe to find out what we read this week (along with the other stuff I publish).

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