Flexible Kubernetes Services
Kubernetes helps customers address several problems that arise when managing and scaling containerized applications, including:
Containers provide a way to package and run software across different computing environments. However, managing and orchestrating a large number of containers manually can be difficult and time-consuming. Kubernetes automates many tasks related to container management, such as deploying and updating containers, scaling containers up or down based on demand, and managing networking between containers.
Scalability:As containerized applications become more popular, they often need to scale quickly to handle increased demand. Kubernetes provides a flexible and scalable way to manage containerized applications, which can help ensure that they are always running efficiently and that you’re not paying for unnecessary computing resources.
Availability:Ensuring that containerized applications are always available can be a challenge, especially when running across multiple nodes and clusters. Kubernetes helps ensure that containerized applications are always available by automatically managing deployments of your application across different nodes in a cluster. This means that if one node goes down, your application will continue to run on other nodes, helping to prevent downtime.
Portability:One of the main benefits of containerization is the ability to move containerized applications between different computing environments, such as from a development environment to a production environment. However, managing the portability of containerized applications can be complex. Kubernetes provides a standard way to manage containerized application deployments across different computing environments, which can help reduce the risk of compatibility issues or changes to the underlying infrastructure.
Why Kubernetes on Cloud
Kubernetes is a cloud-native application, designed to integrate with various cloud providers and utilize the power of common cloud computing services, including:
Cloud providers offer elastic infrastructure that allows scaling Kubernetes clusters up or down based on demand. You can add or remove worker nodes dynamically, ensuring that your applications have the necessary resources to handle increased traffic or workload spikes.
A Cloud offers robust infrastructure with built-in high-availability features. They distribute resources across multiple physical nodes and data centers, reducing the risk of single points of failure. This helps to ensure that your Kubernetes cluster remains accessible and resilient even in the face of hardware or network failures.
Various cloud providers offer a wide range of additional services that can be seamlessly integrated with Kubernetes. These services include security features such as identity and access management (IAM), networking features such as virtual private networks (VPC) and internal/external-facing load balancing, storage facilities and more. By running Kubernetes on the cloud, you can take advantage of these services and easily incorporate them into your applications.
Cloud environments provide infrastructure-as-code (IaC) capabilities and integration with DevOps tools. You can use infrastructure automation tools like Terraform to provision and manage your Kubernetes infrastructure. This allows for faster deployment, easier replication of environments, and tighter integration with CI/CD pipelines, facilitating agile development practices.
Why Kubernetes on Zadara
Running Kubernetes on the Zadara Edge Cloud platform enables customers to benefit from combining our unique capabilities with the comfort of a familiar standard solution:
By keeping our APIs compatible with AWS, customers can use similar methodologies across both clouds, with no special adapters required. Customers can use the same AWS Cloud Provider to integrate Kubernetes with the Zadara Cloud, the same Terraform automation assets to deploy Zadara Cloud resources, and the same Kubernetes-native utilities to extend its built-in abilities – including AWS Load Balancer Controller and Cluster Autoscaler.
Kubernetes is a versatile platform that can be deployed on leading cloud providers, making it an ideal choice for implementing a multi-cloud strategy and avoiding dependence on a single point of failure. By utilizing Kubernetes on both AWS and Zadara, users can benefit from improved resilience and flexibility in their choice of deployment. Furthermore, Zadara’s distinctive Cloud computing capabilities enable the deployment of Kubernetes clusters across multiple cloud locations that operate independently. This not only ensures uninterrupted business operations but also eliminates the need to provision resources separately for each cloud vendor.
Zadara Container Storage Interface (CSI):
In addition to supporting the regular AWS Elastic Block Storage (EBS) CSI driver for block volumes, we offer our unique Zadara CSI driver, allowing customers to enjoy a shared storage location for any Kubernetes workload across every cluster and even every cloud vendor, combining both Block and File Storage persistence options within the same unified CSI.
With Zadara, your Kubernetes workloads can run over a dedicated private cloud environment or on one of our hybrid clouds, while utilizing similar methodologies to the ones used for public clouds. Use direct network connectivity to your on-premise data center, lock all cloud operations behind your company firewall or integrate with your VPN to protect the Kubernetes endpoints – everything is possible when running on the Zadara Cloud.
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