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Using Kubernetes to Orchestrate Container-Based Cloud and Microservices Applications


Organizations are packaging and deploying software in containers. Application technical professionals should use this assessment to decide whether Kubernetes fits their requirements for an operational environment to orchestrate multiple containers across a cluster of servers.

Published: 06 February 2020

ID: G00451137

Analyst(s): Traverse Clayton

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction to Kubernetes
  • Use Cases for Kubernetes
    • No. 1: Kubernetes as a Microservices Hosting Environment
    • No. 2: Kubernetes as a Cloud Portability Enabler
    • No. 3: Kubernetes as Infrastructure (for a PaaS Framework)
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Determine If Kubernetes Meets Your Production Requirements
  • Create a Strategy for Container Orchestration
  • Choose Distributions and Kubernetes Cloud Services
  • Implement DevOps Practices

The Details

  • Introduction to Container Orchestration
  • Kubernetes Orchestration Tasks
    • No. 1: Create and Manage a Cluster Configured From a Pool of Servers
    • No. 2: Place Collections of Containers Onto a Pool of Servers
    • No. 3: Keep the Containers Running in a Desired State
    • No. 4: Maintain Desired State Assuming Frequent Software Updates
  • Assessment of the Kubernetes Ecosystem
    • Open-Source Evaluation
    • Standards and Industry Consortia
    • Commercial Options for Kubernetes

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