Containers / Kubernetes / Networking

TNS Analysts Thanksgiving Special: The Evolution of Kubernetes and the Container Ecosystem

24 Nov 2016 5:04am, by

The Kubernetes community has evolved extremely rapidly over the last year, so much so that some have wondered if the momentum will continue. On a special Thanksgiving episode of The New Stack Analysts podcast, Cisco Cloud Native Platforms Chief Technology Officer Ken Owens spoke with TNS founder Alex Williams, alongside The New Stack editorial team of Joab Jackson, Lawrence Hecht, Benjamin Ball, and Scott M. Fulton III, to discuss how Kubernetes and the container ecosystem can not only evolve, but thrive, as customers embrace the many benefits that cloud-native software development practices offer.

Making use of Kubernetes to schedule and run workloads has enabled developers to focus more on service integration than the daily management of the networking, which can be problematic when an issue does occur. “Everything works great until you have a problem. Then all hell breaks loose, and these projects don’t self-heal themselves. I think best practices of physical networking and physical security are going to carry over to virtual solutions in the cloud,” said Owens.

The conversation also touched upon the subject of bare metal provisioning, which the Kubernetes keepers are planning to support in future releases.

Particularly, for the use cases where latency does impact video quality, bare metal solutions have provided not only a solid choice when compared to virtualization, but have made their own strides in the last year. “This isn’t the bare metal a lot of people listening will think it is. Most of these servers have GPU’s in them, or computing capabilities in them. It’s not just a server sitting there doing nothing, it’s a server that has a lot of intelligence and scalability that’s going to make those applications behave as if they’re sitting on a physical environment,” said Owens.

As the conversation drew to a close, there was mention of the growing divide between Docker and the container ecosystem at large. While some see Docker as making a move toward establishing a one-stop-shop for all of a user’s potential container-based needs, others see this as divisive and counterproductive to what containerization and the community as a whole should be working toward. Owens noted that ideally, Docker should allow customers to choose where and how they deploy their applications. “It appears that Docker is trying to become the next VMware. I think they want to kind of own that. They’re trying to provide all the tooling and networking so you can just adapt your ecosystem. That, to me, screams of lock-in and building a wall, which we’re trying to avoid.”

November 30, 2016 // NYC @ Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum — Hanger 3

November 30, 2016 // NYC @ Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum — Hanger 3

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