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How do companies use Kubernetes?

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How do companies use Kubernetes?

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Businesses and other stakeholders use Kubernetes to build a container environment for applications, and to manage and deploy container systems.

This technology, which emerged in 2014, allows for managed containerization, which can help engineers and programmers to run applications without worrying about infrastructure. Kubernetes, like other container systems, works on the principle of workload abstraction as an alternative to running applications on less versatile hardware systems. However, unlike many other systems, Kubernetes also offers key management and deployment features.

As virtualization became more sophisticated, containers became an alternative to the virtual machine approach. Containers that are managed by Kubernetes are different than virtual machines in that a number of containers will share the host's operating system, while each virtual machine has its own operating system cloned from the host.

Essentially, the design of container systems and the Kubernetes management platform allows for a highly abstracted environment and less replication of operating systems across the architecture. This can make it easier for teams to scale projects and deploy applications and can lead to greater transparency in evaluating application formats.

A Kubernetes "Master" component works as a primary controller to the Kubernetes environment, in much the same way that a virtualization center would deploy virtual machines to a host.

Companies can use Kubernetes to facilitate the versatile application support that can cut down on hardware costs and lead to more efficient architecting. It is one of several choices in new container architectures, for bringing a higher level of innovation to the design of a hardware and software environment.

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Justin Stoltzfus is a freelance writer for various Web and print publications. His work has appeared in online magazines including Preservation Online, a project of the National Historic Trust, and many other venues.
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