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What is AWS Kubernetes?

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Cloud-based computing has evolved exponentially in recent years. They've evolved so far beyond simply being a remote hard drive. They can be entire systems unto themselves, these days.

One of the most exciting advancements is containers. 86% of business leaders use containers to run applications currently. Containers enable businesses to package their applications and all the application's system dependencies together to be deployed on any server platform seamlessly. This has been a huge game-changer, but many companies have found implementing containers at scale to be challenging.

65% of business owners use some third-party solution to manage their container applications to deal with these challenges. AWS Kubernetes is one of the most popular container management platforms. It's also one of the most powerful.

But what is AWS Kubernetes? Here's what you need to know about Amazon Web Services' popular container platform.

What Is AWS Kubernetes?

Container adoption is on the rise. IT teams adopting container applications more than doubled in 2019 from the year before. Businesses are investing more in container technologies, with 38% spending more than $100,000 each year.

Of course, containerized applications are just one potential usage for containers. That's where container management platforms like Kubernetes come in.

Kubernetes is open-source software that enables you to implement and manage your containers at scale.

When you're using containers for an entire enterprise, it's not uncommon to end up with hundreds, if not thousands, of containers. Each of these containers needs to be maintained, secured and coordinated. That's what Kubernetes is for.

Kubernetes was initially developed by Google and was later donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) to be maintained as an open-source project.

That's one of the first and best reasons that Kubernetes is so popular. It's truly, completely open-source. For one, this means that absolutely anybody can use it.

It also means that it has a vibrant, robust community of developers working with it. Kubernetes has been one of the fastest-growing open-source projects in history. This makes it far more accessible to less technically-minded people.

You don't need a degree in computer science to use Kubernetes.

Kubernetes is also popular among DevOps teams, as it can do so much more than host applications. It can also manage a wide array of automated processes, making it a blessing for time- and resource-strapped developers.

Kubernetes determines how many containers are needed and the role that each one will play.

This speaks to the sophisticated ways that containers are being used in today's increasingly cloud-based world. Containers are an integral component of cloud-native businesses, as everything from applications to even operating systems can all be run entirely from the cloud.

Considering Kubernetes' popularity, several managed platforms have appeared on the market to help run the popular container ecosystem. Let's take a look at one of them, Amazon EKS, to get an even clearer picture of the ways that enterprises are using AWS Kubernetes.

What Is AWS EKS?

If you'll notice, Kubernetes is not an Amazon product. It was created by Google, after all. Amazon Web Services has built its own Kubernetes management environment.

Not every enterprise wants to maintain an active AWS Kubernetes control layer, however. This is where AWS EKS comes in. AWS EKS is a managed Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) that greatly simplifies running Kubernetes on AWS.

EKS stands for 'Elastic Kubernetes Service' and serves as a control panel for running Kubernetes on AWS. This means that it handles many of the more arduous technical tasks for you.

AWS EKS creates the Kubernetes master cluster, for instance. It also configures service discovery and manages networking. AWS EKS also integrates with several third-party apps and services.

EKS also helps to manage the Kubernetes control plane. Malfunctioning nodes are detected and deleted. This helps ensure that your application services remain functional even if individual containers go down.

There are a number of useful services for AWS Kubernetes available for EKS as well. There's AWS Identity Management, which manages authentication. There's also Elastic Load Balancing, which helps to distribute loads evenly across your pods.

It also helps to ensure that you're making the most of your resources. It uses a service called Cloud Map, which is a cloud resource discovery service in AWS. It names different application resources and makes sure their locations are updated and current. This makes sure that your network is always running at peak capacity.

It acts as a service layer for third party apps and microservices, as well, by seamlessly integrating with the AWS App Mesh.

At Reinvent 2020, AWS announced the new "EKS Anywhere" capability which you an use to deploy your EKS clusters on-premises or even on other cloud providers' plaforms!

These are some of the many reasons that enterprises choose to use AWS EKS. It helps to ensure your network's security and stability without needing to get too deep into the nitty-gritty of programming. AWS EKS can manage all of your worker nodes, as well, from one central control panel.

The world is only going to become increasingly virtual. Remote work will only become more prevalent, for instance. Cloud-native businesses are on the rise, as well.

This means you need to come to grips with cloud-based services. That's what makes services like AWS Kubernetes so beneficial, so you don't need to spend precious time, energy, and resources creating custom configurations to deploy your applications on different platforms. It also means that your business software can more easily integrate with other business software you're already using.

With platforms like AWS EKS, it becomes even easier still.

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