Gartner Research

Achieving Kubernetes Operational Readiness to Run Containers in Production

Published: 07 June 2018

ID: G00354921

Analyst(s): Simon Richard


Organizations are now deploying Kubernetes-based applications in production. Kubernetes is now easier to install but is still complex to operate. This research will provide operational guidelines for technical professionals responsible for running Kubernetes in production.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Defining the Cluster Operator Role
    • Define Your Multitenancy Strategy
  • Domain 1: Managing Cluster Access
    • Certificate Authority
    • Authentication and Authorization
    • Routing Application Traffic to Clusters and Network Policies
  • Domain 2: Configuration Management
    • Managing Namespace Resources
    • Manifest Files Management
  • Domain 3: Monitoring
    • Logging
    • Metrics
    • Application Observability
  • Domain 4: Business Continuity
    • High Availability
    • Backups
    • Cluster Upgrade

Risks and Pitfalls

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