Kubernetes is a portable, extensible open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services. Amongst other things, it can be thought of as a container platform, a micro-services platform and a portable cloud platform.
Kubernetes Certified Service Provider
Mobilise was one of the first companies in the UK to become a Kubernetes Certified Service Providers. That means that we have been personally vetted by the CNCF foundation and identified as a service provider who has deep experience in helping enterprises successfully adopt Kubernetes.
Benefits of a Kubernetes Managed Service
Agile application creation and deployment
Increase development velocity to get your application into production faster
OS-level information and metrics as well as detailed application performance metrics
Loosely coupled, distributed, elastic, liberated micro-services
Continuous development, integration, and deployment
Provides for reliable and frequent container image build and deployment with quick and easy rollbacks
Cloud and OS distribution portability
Kubernetes runs on a large number of operating systems allowing it to be ported across cloud providers.
DevOps separation of concerns
Create application container images at build/release time rather than at
Environmental consistency across development, testing and production
Runs the same on a laptop as it
does in the cloud
Roll out new versions of apps with zero downtime
Applications are broken into smaller,
independent pieces and can be deployed and managed dynamically
Predictable application performance, high efficiency and density
Kubernetes automatically rolls out containers which can be easily rolled back.
Kubernetes can be traditionally implemented using a set of purpose built administration tools. This process involves setting the Kubernetes cluster up on a series of servers either on premises or in a cloud provider of the customers choosing (AWS, Azure, GCP). This solution is highly customisable and offers the most flexibility in terms of integration with existing solutions.
Infrastructure As Code Deployment
Using a series of automation tools, Kubernetes can be deployed using an infrastructure as code
principle. This means that clusters can be quickly spun up and torn down to save on cloud
infrastructure costs. It also means that deployments are easily repeatable so that new cluster
environments can be quickly established. There is also the added benefit of having a backup of
your Kubernetes configuration should anything go wrong with the cluster
Cloud Provider Kubernetes Deployment
Customers can take advantage of Cloud Provider Kubernetes Services enabling them to quickly and easily setup clusters to manage their container applications. These services take care of managing the Kubernetes Control Plane so that administrators can concentrate on deployments rather than keeping the cluster healthy.
A selection of these services are also exposed to the cloud providers infrastructure as code offering,
meaning deployments can be scripted offering fast, reliable and resilient platforms.
Continuous Integration & Delivery
As a Kubernetes Certified Service Provider, Mobilise are uniquely placed to offer expert consultancy on a wide range of Kubernetes solutions; from building and migrating to your first cluster to integrating with existing DevOps pipelines and support models.
Customers can take advantage of our DevOps Service to further enhance their solution by creating
a seamless delivery pipeline including automated testing, agile tooling integration and one-click
deployments. Our monitoring and alerting stack will provide granular detail of infrastructure and introduce flexible methods of notifying users of problems – including integrating with existing ITIL products.
Docker is a tool designed to make it easier to create, deploy, and run applications by using containers. Containers allow a developer to package up an application with all of the parts it needs, such as libraries and other dependencies, and ship it all out as one package.
Because of the container, the application will run on any machine regardless of any customised settings that machine might have that could differ from the machine used for writing and testing the code. The container approach also allows developers to run applications written in Docker on serverless platforms such as AWS Lambda.
A container image is a lightweight, stand-alone, executable package of a piece of software that includes everything needed to run it: code, runtime, system tools, system libraries, settings. Available for both Linux and Windows based apps, containerised software will always run the same, regardless of the environment.
Containers isolate software from its surroundings, for example differences between development and staging environments and help reduce conflicts between teams running different software on the same infrastructure.