When the ecommerce industry boomed in the early 2000s it ushered in the API era. Information was being shared at a rapid pace and businesses realized they could use this data to improve digital experiences. The Application Programming Interface (API) created a way for information in one application to be easily available to other applications, allowing developers and programmers to transform the customer experience.
It’s widely accepted that the standard for creating cloud native applications is Kubernetes, and while this software has solved key challenges, it has also introduced new complications. It didn’t take long before operators realized that monitoring a Kubernetes environment is one of the top obstacles that comes along with using this software. With the rise of Kubernetes came a new wave of monitoring tools to help overcome these challenges. Choosing the right monitoring toolkit for you and your team’s Kubernetes environment is a challenge in itself as each tool covers a different specialty, from logging to metrics to data collectors and much more.
Taking every advantage of Kubernetes automation is critical for operating at scale. Kubernetes as a container orchestrator will ensure pods are scheduled, but if you're looking to use Kubernetes to build a platform that facilitates DevOps speed to market and application elasticity, there's a lot more automation work to be done.
With this blog, we'll give you a quick crash course on the essential Kubernetes automation features:
- Deployment Automation
- Scaling Automation
- Horizontal Pod Autoscaler (HPA)
- Cluster Scaling Automation
We hear this time and time again, but we’ll say it again here: Applications are the lifeblood of today’s business. The ecosystem of cloud native tools and solutions growing around Kubernetes management are all about building, running, and scaling modern container-based applications. And the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) landscape is a testament to strength of the community as well as the growing complexity customers face.
It can also be overwhelming navigating this interactive map, let alone the tools themselves. So, with this blog we thought we’d provide a bit of a guide to what you’re looking at—and ultimately, what needs to be considered when you’re running mission-critical applications on Kubernetes. The categories we will be expanding on are...