"So let me get this straight. You want to build an external version of the Borg task scheduler. One of our most important competitive advantages. The one we don’t even talk about externally. And, on top of that, you want to open source it?" Craig McLuckie, Co-founder of Kubernetes and Senior Product Manager at Google
In the course of the average lifetime, we have watched technology grow exponentially in just about every way imaginable. When it comes to storage solutions, we’ve watched the progression from floppy disks to CD-Rs to USB jump drives.
And now, we have “The Cloud.”
Cloud Computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. The term is generally used to describe data centers available to many users over the Internet. Large clouds, predominant today, often have functions distributed over multiple locations from central servers. If the connection to the user is relatively close, it may be designated an edge server.
Though it had been being used as a concept for years, The Cloud really wasn’t used as a term for the digital sphere until the mid-90s. But now, it’s everywhere. Cloud computing is used for pretty much every aspect of our lives including entertainment, healthcare, work, and finance. The cloud permeates a majority of what we do on a daily basis.
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The Future of the Cloud
While it’s nothing new, the full extent of how cloud computing could be a game changer is just now coming to light. Over the next decade or so, you will see cloud computing come into play in the following ways:
Managing Future Cities
With the cloud’s ability to store and analyze data, it will play an integral role in keeping future cities safe. Smart elevators, driverless cars, public transportation and power plants will be safer and easier to manage due to the cloud.
Increased Financial Security
Thanks to cloud computing, financial institutions will have the capability of scanning thousands of transactions per second. That means they will be able to identify fraud quicker and easier.
Better Management of Data
As citizens of the Digital Age, we are up to our ears in data already, and the problem isn’t going to go anywhere anytime soon. The cloud will help with storing the increasing data and also look at it to provide useful insights.
Securing Cars of the Future
It won’t be long before technology revolutionizes the way we drive. While engineers and developers are still trying to make driverless cars a reality, those that are driven the old-fashioned way - by a human - are on the cusp of bringing more technology on board. Soon video will be a large part of the driving experience from in-car entertainment and safety features for drivers to enhanced security systems to prevent burglars and vandals from doing damage. All of this video technology will take place right in the cloud.
Cloud computing has become progressively relevant over the past decade and continues to be fundamental to businesses far and wide. However, before the shift to cloud computing server administrators would host web services on physical hardware that was owned or rented. This method worked but it did not scale well and had a very high entry barrier.
There are several reasons why cloud computing is essential for any business, but especially small or mid-sized businesses. At Clevyr, we use Kubernetes cloud services to keep all of our data secure and our functions up and running.
Some of the reasons we swear by it include:
Running a data center requires purchasing and maintaining hardware, securing on-site staff to ensure the data center is running smoothly, and other detailed requirements. What that means for a business is that they are devoting a large amount of their budget to running a data center instead of into areas of the business where they could see a more clear-cut return on their investment.
On the flip side when utilizing cloud services, we are paying to use a slice of the cloud provider’s hardware, saving us from having to purchase the hardware on our own. The provider of the cloud service attends to the data center maintenance and upgrades meaning you won’t need additional staff. Their maintenance cost is distributed across all of their clients who use the services, which makes the final cost much less expensive for a specific customer.
How much savings could your business really see? According to Tech Republic, 50% of the IT professionals they surveyed estimated that using cloud services instead of traditional hardware would save their company upwards of 50% in IT costs.
Whether we are anticipating increased traffic or seeing unexpected spikes in traffic, using cloud architecture allows us to easily scale the number of servers we use. Instead of having to purchase more hardware or upgrade specifications, we now use the administration console to scale up and within a few minutes, there are additional servers available. After that, we are ready to scale back down in a short amount of time.
Instead of running a single server for every application or colocating countless applications on a single server, we can run a pool of servers and run each application isolated in its own container. A container gives similar benefits to a virtual machine (VM), like separation of concerns and isolation of each server process, while also being considerably lighter and more native than VMs. Since the containers are given a configuration, the same container can be run on a production server and on a developer’s local machine, streamlining the development process.
Kubernetes was originally designed by Google with over 15 years of its deployment practices in mind, now it is maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Kubernetes is an open-source container platform that eliminates many of the manual processes involved in deploying and scaling containerized applications. Containers have proven themselves to help with predictability, scalability, and security.
They also create a need for an intricate infrastructure with a per-container configuration that can be automatically updated in different environments, Kubernetes is a popular orchestrator for this infrastructure. Kubernetes helps with container configuration, persistent data volumes, networking, and security with isolated namespaces and secret management.
Kubernetes allows us to change our mindset: instead of pushing changes up, we now define a deployment and then the cluster will find the best place within a pool of servers to deploy it. It will constantly run health checks, so when we make a code change and are ready to push a new version, it will ensure the new version is ready before users are routed to it. This allows for zero-downtime deployments and will also notify us if a deployment fails although the users will never see an error page.
Over the years, top companies from around the world have embarked on a Kubernetes journey; Spotify, BOSE, eBay, Adform, and Pokemon Go all have a story to tell. For more information about Kubernetes, our deployment infrastructure, or how to integrate containers into your development process, contact us.
Clevyr builds cutting edge, scalable technology software solutions including artificial intelligence for IT operations, digital twinning, predictive analytics, and cognitive computing - plus much more! Check us out atclevyr.comor drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org.
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