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The cloud’s impact can be seen in the way IT teams are being structured. Those teams used to mainly consist of specialists with specific, highly developed skill sets — but that’s not necessarily the case anymore. Peek into most enterprise IT shops today and you’re likely to find a large number of generalists who span multiple technologies.
Gartner has termed these people “versatilists,” and the research organization estimates that they make up an average of 63% of IT staff. Although versatilists know a lot about different technologies, they’re more likely to be concerned with big-picture strategy than they are about everyday housekeeping. The roles span across a lot of different aspects of IT operations, including storage, security and infrastructure management.
Since versatilists often have their hands in most, if not all, of the IT cookie jars, they prize simplicity and standardization wherever possible while maintaining just enough control so they can be effective. Give them simplified infrastructures and application stacks, a choice of cloud deployments, control over diverse workloads and standardized access to applications and storage, and they’ll be happy campers.
Kubernetes: The New Normal
But the words “simplicity” and “infrastructure management” have generally made for strange bedfellows — at least until recently. The rise of the versatilist has coincided with the integration of formerly disparate technologies into a more unified whole.
Hyperconverged infrastructures that combine compute, storage, and networking into a single framework, are great examples. Putting everything under one roof and making it all easily manageable from a single interface can help versatilists oversee just about every aspect of their operations without breaking too much of a sweat.
Then there’s Kubernetes. As one of the most popular container orchestration frameworks, it is a fantastic resource for managing both applications and IT infrastructure under one control plane.
Wait, what? Kubernetes as an infrastructure management platform? Yes, indeed. And in the age of the versatilist, it makes perfect sense.
Bringing It All Together
Kubernetes orchestrates compute, networking and storage infrastructure resources on behalf of user workloads. Compute, networking and storage: the three core fundamental aspects of a hyperconverged infrastructure. Kubernetes is designed to streamline management of each of these components.
That’s great news for versatilists who need to manage a variety of different aspects of their IT organizations. Indeed, Kubernetes is becoming close to essential in many organizations as managers find themselves juggling on-premise, cloud native and hybrid infrastructures.
Take storage, for example. Many organizations use multiple storage vendors. Managers who crave simplicity would likely prefer to use an abstraction layer that can bring vendors and resources together into a single storage class that can be more easily managed. Kubernetes can provide this capability, essentially standardizing access to storage.
But Kubernetes can provide much more than just simplicity. It can offer power and the ability to manage workloads and complicated tasks in ways that would otherwise be burdensome, if not downright impossible. Kubernetes also allows for the creation of pools of resources and exposes them to DevOps teams.
Kubernetes Operators are an important component. Designed to provide automated application lifecycle management, Kubernetes Operators relieve developers from having to get into the time-consuming and complex nitty-gritty of deploying, scaling, reconfiguring or upgrading applications. One can envision a not-too-distant future where Kubernetes Operators are used to managing not just the application lifecycle, but the underlying server, storage and network infrastructure as well.
Point and Shoot
Managing today’s IT infrastructure is kind of like using photo filters on a smartphone; sure, they’re fun to have, but most of us just want to be able to point, shoot and maybe do a few touch-ups. We don’t need 50 different filters to create the perfect image. We want the software to do most of the work for us so we can focus on other things.
That’s why Kubernetes might very well be your next infrastructure management platform. It can manage everything from applications to infrastructure, helping to make life a lot easier for those responsible for controlling every aspect of their IT operations.
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