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Would you like an automatic computer update in the middle of booking the only available plane ticket? Imagine that in the context of an organization. While updating or maintaining a software system, the whole IT infrastructure should not come to a standstill. Organizations must ensure service availability while updating or maintaining their software systems. For adding a new microservice, organizations cannot shut down the entire IT system as it would affect service reliability. This is where containers and Kubernetes come into action.

Understanding Containers

Due to the recent COVID pandemic, the demand for virtual desktop infrastructure solutions has increased. While virtual machines are helpful in the current remote working culture, there are issues with deploying multiple applications. If multiple applications are deployed on a VDI desktop virtualization software, changes to shared dependencies can cause system failures. In order to not compromise with their service availability, firms decided to deploy only one application per virtual machine. However, as evident, a firm using multiple applications cannot use too many virtual machines due to cost constraints.

Containers were introduced to solve the problem of conflicting dependencies while deploying applications on virtual machines. Each container has its own storage, processing power, CPU, and file systems. Since a container has its own operating system, it can be easily decoupled from other applications on a virtual machine. You do not have to affect your service availability each time for adding a new application to your VDI desktop virtualization software.  It can run anything from a small microservice to a large application.

Understanding Kubernetes

Kubernetes (K8s) is an open-source platform for managing the deployment of applications in containers. Launched by Google, K8s can help you run applications on virtual machines without affecting the service availability. The process of managing groups of containers is known as orchestration in the IT world. The functionalities of Kubernetes are as follows:

  • K8s decide the appropriate place to deploy your containers by analyzing their resource needs.

  • K8s always have a backup container if any container crashes during deployment.

  • K8s can manipulate the number of instances based on the CPU requirements.

  • The non-volatile storage used by applications inside containers can be managed by K8s.

  • K8s are responsible for load balancing of IP addresses and DNS.

  • During an update, K8s closely monitor the health of the instances that are being introduced. If the update crashes, K8s help in restoring the previous version immediately without hampering the service availability.

Why Use Kubernetes?

Kubernetes has many positives:

  • Kubernetes is highly portable allowing IT teams to deploy newer applications easily. Firms do not have to change the architecture of their IT infrastructure for adding a new application to virtual machines.

  • Besides virtual machines, you can use K8s for deploying containers on cloud environments. With several use cases, IT teams can scale much faster without hampering service reliability.

  • K8s is open-source and comes with its cost benefits.

  • K8s offer enhanced availability enabling organizations to improve their service availability.

Breaking down the Architecture of K8s

Kubernetes follows the master-slave architecture as it has one master and multiple worker nodes. The master and worker nodes of K8s are explained below:

  • Kubernetes Master – For a collection of servers, Kubernetes Master is the central controlling unit. Across each cluster, the networking and communication aspect is managed by the Kubernetes Master. It uses an API server that manages requests from various worker nodes. It also consists of a controller manager to maintain the shared state of a group of servers. It is the main reason why K8s ensure service availability at all times. Other components of Kubernetes Master are Etcd storage and Kubernetes scheduler.
  • Worker Nodes – Kubernetes Master decides the workload of various worker nodes. The worker nodes consist of Kubelet that is responsible for monitoring the health of containers. If a worker node fails during deployment, another healthy pod is launched immediately to maintain the service availability. A pod is the structural unit of K8s that represents the workloads that are to be deployed.

Why AIOps is being used with Containers?

AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations) is known for its application performance monitoring capabilities. However, organizations are using Kubernetes with an AIOps based analytics platform to achieve better results. An AIOps based analytics platform will offer high observability inside containers. IT teams can correlate the data generated by Kubernetes and system alerts to find the root cause of a particular IT incident. Besides managing current issues with the deployment of containers, an AIOps based analytics platform will also help you in identifying future issues.

In a nutshell

The global Kubernetes solutions market has grown in recent years. The AIOps global market worth is also growing and will be around USD 20 billion by the end of 2025. Start using Kubernetes and AIOps to boost your service availability!

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