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Assessing Infrastructure Requirements for Deploying Kubernetes

Published: 20 April 2018

ID: G00354911

Analyst(s): Tony Iams


Kubernetes has become the leading container orchestration platform, and it introduces a steep learning curve for technical professionals. This document assesses the deployment of Kubernetes on existing infrastructure, focusing on its key preparation steps and impact on I&O.

Table Of Contents


  • Kubernetes Architecture and Corresponding Administrative Roles
  • Deployment Preparation
    • Understanding Kubernetes Usage Patterns
    • Planning Multitenant Deployments
    • Deploying Kubernetes With On-Premises Infrastructure vs. on IaaS
    • Selecting a Kubernetes Distribution
  • Server Deployment
  • Networking
    • Pod Network
    • Load Balancing and Ingress Controllers
  • Security
    • Securing Cluster Servers
    • Securing Cluster Networking
    • Maintaining Container Security
    • Managing Identity and Access
    • Managing Secrets
  • Storage Integration
  • Infrastructure Management
    • Labeling
    • Logging
    • Monitoring
    • Automating Kubernetes Maintenance
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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