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Understanding Kubernetes today: Misconceptions, challenges and opportunities

January 30, 2019 / Ali Golshan

Any discussion of Kubernetes is best started with an understanding of why we need Kubernetes. Kubernetes helps us manage containers, which dominate application development now because they enable portability, faster application development, and greater independence for developers. Once we started using containers in great volume, we needed a way to automate the setup, tear down, and management of containers - that's what Kubernetes does. The industry has developed other orchestrators, but Kubernetes has emerged as the de facto standard for container orchestration. As much as nearly a year ago, 69% of organisations surveyed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) were using Kubernetes to manage containers. Kubernetes started with the technical credibility of coming out of Google, and thousands of contributors have increased the robustness, scalability, and security features of Kubernetes.