Kubernetes’s flexibility and ability to evolve means it will continue to be at the heart of cutting-edge technologies like 5G and IoT, writes Carmine Rimi, Canonical
Kubernetes, the container orchestration system for automating application deployment, recently celebrated its fifth birthday. Starting life as an internal project at Google, Kubernetes has grown to become the largest open source project in history.
This dominance has been supported by the platform’s inherent benefits. After all, Kubernetes can scale to the requirements of virtually any business. Its ability to deploy and manage containerised applications has opened the opportunity for exciting innovations in AI, IoT, cloud and edge computing. With a huge open source development community behind it, Kubernetes is now central to the development of cutting-edge technologies across the board.
Community is king
One of the main reasons Kubernetes has become so popular is its ability to drive faster, and more reliable, innovation. Working in open source means developers can accelerate the adoption of the latest technologies in their business. This is thanks to Kubernetes’ flexible, open source nature and ability to provide the latest innovations to developers.
Behind Kubernetes is a huge, knowledgeable and creative development community at the vanguard of innovation – developers can benefit from freely exchanging ideas and concepts with this group. Through dialogue with the brightest and the best, ecosystem developers have resolved issues and ushered in the entry of exciting new technologies like AI, machine learning and robotics.
Innovation isn’t the only benefactor either, security is too. The open source community behind Kubernetes has a strong and passionate commitment to security. Indeed, the Security Working Audit Group was established specifically to support a long-term commitment to a secure and robust Kubernetes ecosystem. Developers engaging with their peers in the Kubernetes community to discuss security issues and compare best practice can only work to the benefit of IT project security.
Alongside IT security, software based on a collaborative approach from a community working holistically to drive the whole landscape is hugely powerful. This is where the next disruptive solutions will originate from.