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Kubernetes as a Service – when does a Managed Service make sense for your business?

Kubernetes is one of the leading applications for container management. However, integration into an existing IT environment requires a high level of expertise. With "Kubernetes as a Service" (KaaS) you leave this task to an external service provider. But it comes at a price. So, when is such a managed service a worthwile investment in the first place?

As part of the digital transformation, more and more companies prefer container-based system solutions. The difficult part: The more applications the containers have to perform, the smarter the administration and scaling must be.

Integrating Kubernetes as a Service

The use of containers – for example in the context of multiple cloud solutions – can be compared with the use of virtual machines. The main difference is that virtualization of several applications takes place at operating system level, ie the execution takes place directly on the kernel. This offers significant advantages in performance. For example, containers take up less space but launch faster. The applications are executable everywhere and are not tied to a specific operating system or virtual machine.

Although containers require less administrative overhead compared to virtual machines, the complexity increases significantly with a growing number of applications. At this point it's worthwhile to think about Kubernetes as a Service, ensuring a safe and fast access to the used programs and a smooth handling.

When does Kubernetes as a Service make sense for you?

Basically, with a steadily growing number of applications and employees in the company, it is worth it to switch to container-based solutions. That's because it's much easier to configure and scale a variety of components, most of which are based on different technologies. Thanks to the systematic approach of Kubernetes, the relief can be felt quickly – as long as the management solution for containers is used in a smart and proper way.

That's exactly what Kubernetes as a Service does. Many decisions that users without container experience would have to make autonomously and perhaps in the shortest possible time are handled professionally by Kubernetes as a Service. You do not have to worry about which applications should run on specific servers, what to do if a server fails, or how to easily integrate new applications.

Does Kubernetes as a Service also make sense for small businesses?

Solutions for container management such as Kubernetes are increasingly establishing themselves as standard. In contrast to the use of classic cloud providers, where new tools and APIs have to be (re)learned with each provider, Kubernetes offers many advantages with its diverse application possibilities on various platforms. Migration as a single solution is easier and a true investment in your the future of your business.

For this reason, the use of Kubernetes is attractive for smaller companies as well and paves the way for the digital transformation of the coming years. Of course, it is not impossible to migrate Kubernetes to the company structures yourself. However, in the beginning it is advisable to benefit from the expertise of an expert user and to rely on the help of a managed service. This avoids classical beginner mistakes during the initial training and in the current usage. Before opting for Kubernetes as a Service, InterNetX, as a versatile service provider, is at your disposal for expert advice.

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