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Embracing Kubernetes & Containerisation in France

Wed 24 May 2023

Kubernetes is an open-source system that’s gaining traction in the world of digital technology. It helps deploy, scale, and manage containerised applications. Many French businesses are among those recognising its potential in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Red Hat’s State of Enterprise Open Source 2022 report lends credence to this trend. It reveals that more than two-thirds of IT leaders are now utilising containers, and nearly one-third plan to significantly increase their usage over the next year.

Companies like BlaBlaCar and La Redoute have turned to Kubernetes and containerisation to streamline software delivery lifecycles and even improve capacity at data centres.

The Benefits of Embracing Kubernetes

In the world of software, a container is a unit that packages up the code and all its dependencies to ensure the application runs quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another. This process is known as containerisation – a lightweight alternative to full machine virtualisation that involves encapsulating an application in a container with its own operating environment. This level of flexibility and portability provides significant advantages in which Kubernetes can help businesses exploit to the full.

Kubernetes is one of the fastest growing open source projects in history. According to BuiltWith, a total of 1,255 websites in France now use Kubernetes.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise defines Kubernetes as a tool that automates the deployment, scaling, and management of containers. These Kubernetes frameworks remove the need to launch virtual machines for each application by clustering together groups of hosts running containers. These clusters can span hosts across public, private, or hybrid clouds. This efficient use of resources is one of the main reasons Kubernetes is gaining favour among businesses.

The adoption of Kubernetes offers a range of advantages. By automating traditionally manual DevOps processes, Kubernetes frees up technical staff to focus on other in-demand tasks, thereby improving overall productivity.

Kubernetes also simplifies the movement of workloads from platforms to clouds due to the independent operation of containers. This ease of migration is a significant asset for businesses seeking more effective workload management.

The autoscaling ability of Kubernetes allows businesses to quickly respond to demand peaks without manually scaling down resources. This feature has the potential to decrease expenditure by enhancing workload management efficiency and minimising downtime.

The Challenges of Kubernetes

As with any technology, the adoption of Kubernetes is not without challenges. While the number of Kubernetes engineers grew by 67% from 2020 to 2021, there is still a significant skills gab among developers. In a survey from September 2022 by Evaluator Group, more than half of companies were struggling to maintain those with expertise to adopt Kubernetes.

This gap in skills could lead to security vulnerabilities due to improper configurations, which may expose sensitive credentials. This is especially concerning, as the number of attacks on the supply chain has dramatically increased by 742% year over year, according to a presentation at Kubernetes Community Days France. For this reason, it is crucial that businesses invest in comprehensive training for developers to avoid such risks.

Deploying Kubernetes can also be a complex process, particularly when managing extensive operations. Without proper management, this complexity can lead to bottlenecks and downtime due to cluster misconfigurations.

To address these challenges, a comprehensive plan for Kubernetes implementation is necessary. Such a plan should include robust security measures and provisions for developer training.

Strategising for Kubernetes Implementation

As Kubernetes and containerisation continues to grow in popularity, these approaches present French enterprises with an opportunity to streamline operations.

However, the successful adoption of these technologies requires careful planning, adequate training, and diligent management.

It is clear that embracing Kubernetes represents more than a simple technological adjustment, as it requires a change in mindset for enterprises to adapt to the ever-evolving digital landscape.

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