This open source container orchestration platform looks like it's on its way to becoming a de facto standard.
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1. Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration platform.
Kubernetes (usually pronounced "koo-burr-NET-eez") describes itself as a "production-grade container orchestration" solution. Which means that in order to understand Kubernetes, you need to understand containers and orchestration.
Containers are a lightweight way of packaging together an application with all of its dependencies. The most well-known container application is Docker, although others also exist. Containers are becoming more popular, particularly with enterprises that use DevOps methodologies and/or public cloud services, because they provide consistency, efficiency and portability when deploying applications.
Orchestration is really just a fancy word for automation. Kubernetes automates the deployment, scaling and management of containers. That means the user can tell the system to create five containers or to scale out certain containers, and Kubernetes handles all of the details to make that happen.
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