Kubernetes is a container orchestration system that automates the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It is an open source project originally created by Google and now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
Kubernetes is often used interchangeably with “Docker,” but Kubernetes is actually a container orchestration system while Docker is a container runtime. That means that Kubernetes can be used to manage and orchestrate containers created with Docker, but also containers created with other container runtimes.
Kubernetes is a popular choice for container orchestration because it is very scalable and has a wide range of features. Kubernetes is also very portable, meaning it can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud.
Some of the features of Kubernetes include:
– Deployment and scaling of containerized applications
– Service discovery and load balancing
– Storage orchestration
– Batch execution
Kubernetes is deployed using a Master-Slave architecture. The Master is responsible for managing the cluster, while the Slaves are used to host the actual applications. Kubernetes can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud.
Kubernetes is a very powerful tool, but it can be complex to use. There is a learning curve associated with Kubernetes, but once you get the hang of it, it is a very powerful tool for managing containerized applications at scale.