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Using Kubernetes to Orchestrate Container-Based Cloud and Microservices Applications

Published: 24 April 2018

ID: G00345648

Analyst(s): Richard Watson , Traverse Clayton


Organizations are packaging and deploying software in containers, primarily with Docker. Technical professionals can use this assessment to decide whether Kubernetes fits their requirements for an operational environment to orchestrate multiple containers across a cluster of servers.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction to Container Orchestration
  • Many Choices in the Market for These Requirements; Enter Kubernetes
  • Use Cases for Kubernetes
    • Use Case No. 1: Implement the Tasks of a Container Orchestrator
    • Use Case No. 2: Kubernetes as a Microservices Hosting Environment
    • Use Case No. 3: Kubernetes as a Cloud Portability Enabler
    • Use Case No. 4: Kubernetes as Infrastructure (for a PaaS Framework)
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Assess Whether Your Requirements Indicate a Container Orchestrator Is the Right Answer to Your Application Infrastructure Scenarios
  • Choose Integrated Distributions and Managed Kubernetes Cloud Services to Reduce Complexity
  • Mature the Architecture Skills and DevOps Practices That Will Produce Services Suitable for Harnessing Kubernetes

The Details

  • Assessment of the Kubernetes Ecosystem
    • Open-Source Evaluation
    • Standards and Industry Consortia
    • Commercial Options for Kubernetes

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