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The benefits Kubernetes brings


Organizations have been quick to realise the benefits of the container approach to rolling out infrastructure. Developers are leading the charge here, innovating and testing how Kubernetes can be best used to manage their containers across a range of environments.

Kubernetes is popular for autoscaling workloads both in stateless applications:

  • 71%, which rely on the client’s device to store data, and stateful applications
  • 55% where the server holds session data.

Clearly, the ability for Kubernetes to flex capacity up and down automatically, according to demand, without interfering with other applications using shared resources is the key driver.[3]

Both pieces of research highlight how containerization empowers organisers to get the most from their resources, allowing flexible infrastructures to scale on demand.

Flexibility being the key to the future of Kubernetes. Many in the industry are excited about the possibilities of Kubernetes supporting the shift towards multi-cloud infrastructure. To achieve this goal, there is an important collective effort underway to remove integration barriers, and help Kubernetes to become a truly portable, platform-agnostic tool – able to help firms deploy and manage clusters across multiple cloud environments.[4]