What Does Kubernetes Mean?

Kubernetes is an open-source orchestration platform for working with software containers. Originally designed by Google, Kubernetes is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).


Kubernetes helps microservice-based applications to be deployed automatically.

Techopedia Explains Kubernetes

Kubernetes plays an important role in agile software development and provides DevOps teams with the ability to orchestrate virtual machine (VM) clusters. Other advantages of Kubernetes include:

When containers are grouped into Kubernetes pods, they can share the same compute, network and storage resources. Multiple pods can be managed through a single controller. Kubernetes application programming interfaces (APIs) are used to manage how and where containers will run.

As a dominant player in open-source containerization, Kubernetes can be mixed and matched with other technologies. Kubernetes is the Greek word for “governor” or “helmsman.” Companies of all shapes and sizes are pursuing Kubernetes as a way to modernize applications.


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