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Google Heats Up Container War With Kubernetes 1.3

Firing the latest volley in the container battle, Google announced the availability of Kubernetes 1.3, the latest version of the open source container orchestration engine. This release comes within a few days of Docker, Inc. announcing Docker 1.12 which comes with built-in Swarm orchestration capabilities.

Though Kubernetes is a community-driven project backed by Linux Foundation, Google is one of the prominent contributors to the project. With features such as hybrid deployments, better scale, and the ability to run traditional workloads, Google is aiming to make Kubernetes enterprise friendly. This release addresses some of the most requested features by the early adopters of Kubernetes.

Here are a few reasons why Kubernetes score better than other orchestration engines:

Performance and Scalability  

When it comes to scalability, Google knows a thing or two. It’s bringing some of the internal best practices to Kubernetes. These contributions coupled with those from the community make Kubernetes one of the most scalable container platforms.

With the latest release, Kubernetes was pushed to the limits by running it on a cluster with 2000 nodes with 60000 pods. Clusters are a collection of individual machines that are called nodes. A pod in Kubernetes is the primary unit of deployment that can be compared to a virtual machine. On an average, each pod was started within 2 seconds of deploying them. What does this mean to businesses? During an unexpected surge or spike in the traffic, you would want to launch more instances of an application. In a typical public cloud deployment, where the workload runs in virtual machines, it would take anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes for the new instance to become available. The same application, when running in containers, can scale at a rapid pace ensuring better response times.

Kubernetes 1.3 can dynamically scale clusters up and down while doubling the maximum number of nodes per cluster.

Though not every business needs that level of scale and performance, it is certainly beneficial to e-commerce and other online companies would tremendously benefit from this feature. It also helps managed service providers and DevOps teams who are measured on the response times and availability of applications.

Read the entire article at Forbes

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.