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The D2iQ Guide to Steering a Successful Kubernetes Ship

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In order to continuously innovate and keep up with the changing landscape, many organizations are anchoring their infrastructure on Kubernetes.

The use of Kubernetes enable developers to agilely roll out new applications and services in response to customer and market demands. But like any great ship, Kubernetes needs an experienced captain to steer its business into successful waters and keep it afloat. The cloud native landscape is complex and many of the supporting services you need to get underway are not tested for interoperability at scale. Without the right domain
expertise, technology, and support to build these technologies, your organization can potentially capsize before you reach shore.

In this ebook, we provide you with best practices and pitfalls to avoid in order to stand up a production-ready Kubernetes environment. We also showcase how D2iQ’s enterprise-grade technology can help your organization safely navigate the complex world of Kubernetes so you can get to market faster.

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The D2iQ Guide to Steering a Successful Kubernetes Ship

  1. 1. The D2iQ Guide to Steering a Successful Kubernetes Ship
  2. 2. Introduction Let’s explore what it takes to set sail for Kubernetes success. The use of Kubernetes enable developers to agilely roll out new applications and services in response to customer and market demands. But like any great ship, Kubernetes needs an experienced captain to steer its business into successful waters and keep it afloat. The cloud native landscape is complex and many of the supporting services you need to get underway are not tested for interoperability at scale. Without the right domain expertise, technology, and support to build these technologies, your organization can potentially capsize before you reach shore. In order to continuously innovate and keep up with the changing landscape, many organizations are anchoring their infrastructure on Kubernetes. In this ebook: • We provide you with best practices and pitfalls to avoid in order to stand up a production-ready Kubernetes environment. • We also showcase how D2iQ’s enterprise-grade technology can help your organization safely navigate the complex world of Kubernetes so you can get to market faster. STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 2
  3. 3. Help! Why Organizations Sink Their Ship Before it Sails Many teams that embark on their Kubernetes journey sink their ship before it sails. And no wonder-it takes quite a degree of sophistication to ensure smooth sailing with Kubernetes. Many enterprise organizations are unprepared to leverage Kubernetes and are left high and dry for the following reasons: • Pressure to ride the Kubernetes wave • Navigating the cloud native landscape without a compass • Ensuring that your vessel is seaworthy • Staying on course once you set sail STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 3
  4. 4. Pressure to ride the Kubernetes wave It’s one thing to chart a course for distant shores; it’s another to be the first to discover new lands. That describes the state of business for many organizations today. To keep up with the changing tide, you are under relentless pressure to meet stringent time-to-market requirements for new applications and technologies. To move full steam ahead, organizations like yours are leveraging Kubernetes because of its architecture, innovation, and the large open source community surrounding it. Kubernetes delivers great promise when it comes to automating deployment tasks, scaling application resources, and operating containers across a wide expanse of cloud and on-premise resources. Most importantly, Kubernetes can deliver the distributed computing power traditionally out of reach for most mainstream organizations. Unfortunately, many organizations turn a blind eye and dive head first into Kubernetes without fully realizing the potential impacts of a cloud-native transition and end up lost at sea. STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 4
  5. 5. Navigating the cloud native landscape without a compass As you begin your voyage, you’re faced with a myriad of challenging decisions. The Kubernetes landscape is vast and littered with an endless number of technological options. And there are many components - such as container runtime, monitoring, logging, service discovery, storage, and networking - to make Kubernetes work. With no clear path on how to select these technologies, you can be steering your ship for months while sailing in circles. Unfortunately, most organizations simply don’t have the staffing or talent levels to spend months of intensive manual effort to stand up a production-ready environment. This level of complexity winds up defeating the purpose of the speed and operational efficiencies promised by the cloud native universe. As a result, many companies drown under surprisingly high costs as they adopt these technologies. 02 STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 5
  6. 6. Ensuring that your vessel is seaworthy It’s simply not safe for any organization to leave shore without making sure its infrastructure is in shipshape – in other words, enterprise-grade and scalable. Because so many of these supporting services are open source, getting a true understanding of its maturity can muddy the waters. While some solutions are in the early stages with low commercial adoption and support, others solutions have been used for some time. Regardless of their life span, most open source technologies were not built to ensure interoperability from the get-go. And, because most of these technologies lack well-defined best practices or architectural standards, you incur a huge risk implementing them. Many Kubernetes journeys never leave the dock precisely for this reason – it’s incredibly complicated and challenging to integrate disparate solutions from the cloud native landscape. Staying on course once you set sail After your organization implements a cloud native or open source technology, you either sink or swim. After all, once the ship is on open waters, the crew truly kicks into gear. In the world of Kubernetes, this is referred to as Day 2 operations: The critical post-implementation activities needed to realize optimal outcomes and maximum ROI. Unfortunately, most organizations don’t have the confidence that their support needs can be met when things break, updates can be implemented as-needed, or that questions can be answered around key strategic initiatives. And, with limited options for leveraging external support and services, you can expect a serious storm that will last for some time. So even though the move to Kubernetes may seem like a breeze, few organizations are prepared to ride the upswings that quickly mount. 03 04 STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 6
  7. 7. Charting a Course for Kubernetes Success
  8. 8. Winning a battle against the sea requires a well- maintained ship and a trained and experienced crew. Effectively leveraging Kubernetes to drive cloud native applications and services is no different. Without the right underlying plumbing and expertise, your crew will be spending more time on repairs than building new applications and services. As in any business undertaking, perils are bound to arise with Kubernetes. You’ll face ups and downs and challenges navigating Kubernetes and you need to batten down the hatches when sailing into treacherous waters. Here are four critical elements you need to get the most out of Kubernetes so your crew doesn’t feel the need to jump ship. STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 8
  9. 9. Knowledgeofyourvesselanditsinnerworkings While there are many Kubernetes distributions in the industry, simply installing Kubernetes is not enough. Organizations require a broader set of services for their production operations such as monitoring, logging, traffic ingress, and disaster recovery. Much like navigating rough waters, standing up a series of operational services around a Kubernetes distribution won’t happen without the right expertise and supporting services. You want to move quickly, not run aground. 01 A flexible Infrastructure Despite the rapid move to the cloud, many organizations still maintain a combination of on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure to accommodate a variety of enterprise needs. So how do you leverage new, cloud-based technologies if you don’t want to (or can’t) completely move to the cloud? You need to ensure that you choose a solution provider that has the knowledge and experience - and a keen sense of what your ship can and can’t handle. More specifically, you need a partner that enables you to reliably drive software innovation both on-premise and in the cloud. 02 Critical elements to getting the most out of Kubernetes: STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 9
  10. 10. A capable and cooperative crew Your journey’s success depends on your ability to ensure key stakeholders and technical team members are on board with your new technologies. You need them to understand why you are adopting a new infrastructure, and make sure they are properly trained to sail your ship. Without the efforts of many people working as one, your project can set adrift and negatively impact your time-to-market. 03 Best-in-class support The Kubernetes landscape is vast and rapidly changing. Even with the right supporting services and experienced crew, it’s impossible to predict what you’re about to sail into. For instance, the Kubernetes control plane could go down or you experience “cluster sprawl” across the organization. In such cases, you want a single cloud provider to guide you through each leg of the journey so you’re always prepared for what’s next post Day 2. 04 Critical elements to getting the most out of Kubernetes: STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 10
  11. 11. Ensure Smooth Sailing for Kubernetes with D2iQ
  12. 12. Ensure Smooth Sailing for Kubernetes with D2iQ To navigate this landscape and get the most out of Kubernetes, you need a tested framework that helps you “sail smart” from the beginning. Developed to address the exploding demand for Kubernetes, D2iQ is unique positioned to help you leverage the best of what Kubernetes has to offer while adding must-have enterprise-grade capabilities your organization needs. Sail Smart with D2iQ’s Enterprise-Grade Technologies Ksphere technology solutions are CNCF- certified and built to ensure that your move to cloud native is calm and steady, regardless of your organizational maturity. Ksphere is composed of the following technologies: Our Kubernetes solution, Ksphere, provides a full complement of technologies, services, and support solutions. So no matter where you are in your Kubernetes migration, you can ensure smooth sailing on Day 2 and beyond. STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 12
  13. 13. Konvoy Konvoy is unique Kubernetes distribution designed to make it easy for project and line- of-business teams to build new applications and services on Kubernetes. It comes with a built-in installer, which configures the core Kubernetes cluster, along with all the corresponding cloud native services required for Day 2 operations. That means you can quickly stand your first production Kubernetes cluster and rest assured that you’re not left stranded treading water. But a simplified install of Kubernetes isn’t all you get with Konvoy. D2iQ’s product and engineering teams do the heavy lifting for you by selecting the ideal services for monitoring, logging, traffic ingress, and disaster recovery - and integrating them for an out-of-the-box, production-ready experience. This means your architects can focus their time on your unique application needs instead of wasting time keeping the underlying plumbing afloat. STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 13
  14. 14. Kommander Kommander is designed for IT professionals or lines of business with a growing number of Kubernetes clusters that need to be centrally viewed, managed, and configured. Kommander unifies the viewing and secure management of multiple Konvoy or non-Konvoy Kubernetes clusters. It provides a centralized dashboard for viewing multi-cluster health, managing distributed operations, and leveraging operational insights in an enterprise. This means you can deep dive into the health of your clusters and workloads and correct course before an issue escalates, saving you valuable time. In addition, Kommander enables cluster governance and centralized supervision without interfering with the day- to-day business functions and requirements that different clusters support. So you can effectively monitor and manage sprawling, disparate clusters and ease the burden of an overworked IT crew. STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 14
  15. 15. Pick up speed When time-to-market is a business imperative, you need to run a tight ship so you can quickly get to your destination. Konvoy and Kommander are built to ensure your move to Kubernetes is done with ease and agility. Both products provide a holistic approach toleveraging Kubernetes, so you are well-equipped for Day 2 success. This means you can rapidly ship code to production without worrying about rocking the boat. Set Sail From Anywhere As your business grows and picks up speed, it becomes increasingly critical to chart a clear path with flexible deployment options so you can keep pace with the changing tide. Konvoy and Kommander empowers deployment from both on-premise and in the cloud. So no matter where you business is headed, you have the option to set sail from anywhere. STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 15
  16. 16. Enable a smooth journey Every day brings something new. You might face challenges along your voyage such as security threats and hardware failures, so you need a steady hand to guide you when your view is cloudy. D2iQ provides a full complement of training, professional services, and support options for your stack of supporting Kubernetes services so your team always stays on course. This eliminates the pain and substantial cost of managing vendor support relationships with a networking provider, a monitoring provider, a storage provider, and others. When you have the right support at the helm of your organization, you can keep your worries at bay. STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 16
  17. 17. Conclusion As more organizations make the move to cloud native, it’s smart to plot your future course with Kubernetes. The path to Kubernetes may be challenging to navigate, but you don’t need to go at it alone. By leveraging a tested framework and partnering with a strategic advisor, like D2iQ, you have access to all of the tools and expertise you need to make it through the toughest storms and get to your destination with ease. To find out more about our Ksphere solutions, click below Find out more STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP | 17
  18. 18. D2iQ, formerly Mesosphere, is the leading provider of enterprise-grade cloud platforms that enable organizations to embrace open source and cloud native innovations while delivering smarter Day 2 operations. With unmatched experience driving some of the world’s largest cloud deployments, D2iQ empowers organizations to better navigate and accelerate cloud native journeys with enterprise-grade technologies, training, professional services and support. Whether you are deploying your first Kubernetes workload, optimizing your business analytics with Spark or Jupyter, or looking to educate your developers on the benefits of cloud native, D2iQ has the expertise, services, and technology to enable you on the journey. d2iq.com STEERING A SUCCESSFULL KUBERNETES SHIP

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