Kubernetes

Leverage Kubernetes and Docker to Gain a Competitive Edge

Now organizations of any size can obtain the same benefits of powerful development processes, tools and systems used by technology giants to stay on the leading edge.

Kubernetes and Docker on CenturyLink Cloud
Launch Docker with Kubernetes on CenturyLink Cloud

Overview

Our Kubernetes Blueprint delivers a production-ready platform to launch your Docker containerized applications on CenturyLink Cloud.

CenturyLink Cloud offers a simple-to-use Blueprint for deploying Kubernetes clusters and Docker containers. In fact, CenturyLink is the only cloud provider that enables Kubernetes on both virtual machines and physical servers. This production-ready platform enables everyone to launch Docker containerized applications to experience the benefits of hyper-scaling. Enterprises and startups alike will appreciate the ease of deployment and sheer computing power Kubernetes enables for the entire development process, from ideation through dev, test and production.

Kubernetes and Docker offer a fundamentally different way of managing applications, by offering the powerful development and operational benefits typically experienced by only the technology giants of the world. Together, Kubernetes and Docker on CenturyLink Cloud can make building and running applications far more efficient by providing the processes, tools and systems that companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter utilize to great competitive advantage. Until now, only the largest, most profitable enterprises could invest in such processes and expect a positive ROI. Now, the landscape has changed. With the availability of Kubernetes to run Docker on CenturyLink Cloud, organizations of any size can obtain the same benefits without the prohibitively large investment previously required.

Highlights

Automated Container Platform

Kubernetes on CenturyLink Cloud is a Docker container orchestration system that provides the mechanisms required to take your application from concept straight through to production. Kubernetes deploys and maintains your container workloads automatically across a cluster of CenturyLink Cloud infrastructure. It’s an automated container platform that seamlessly delivers the advantages of hyper-scaling on our enterprise-ready cloud platform.

Accelerate Development

Developers can reap the benefits of packing your applications in Docker containers while also leveraging the developer-oriented features inside of Kubernetes. It provides an integrated way to perform rolling updates, blue/green deployments, A/B testing and canary deployments. In addition to the Docker toolchain, you can leverage many developer-oriented tools with built-in Kubernetes support: OpenShift, Jenkins, Fabric8, Deis and more.

Declarative Operations

Simplify your organization's operations by declaring your container requirements and stand back while Kubernetes works to make them a reality. State your desired requirements, such as health checks, load balancing, number of replicas, auto-scaling, quality of service and CPU/memory reservations. Kubernetes – knowing your infrastructure assets and status – continuously works to ensure your application is running as you have defined.

Portable and Open Source

Build your application once and run it anywhere. Kubernetes is an open source project, so you can protect yourself from cloud vendor lock-in and you maintain complete control over your solution. With Kubernetes support for the major cloud providers and OpenStack, you can be sure you'll have the flexibility you need in the future, as your application grows.

Cost Reduction

With Docker and Kubernetes, you can increase your average server utilization rate and therefore reduce your server footprint. Many enterprises normally run their virtual machines with a low utilization rate (sometimes as low as 10%) while servers in a Kubernetes cluster can see a much higher utilization rate (often as high as 70%). With any large clustered solution, this can net out to big savings.

Improved Performance

New Docker containers can start in seconds versus the minutes it takes VMs to startup. Kubernetes offers load balancing, health checks and auto-scaling to ensure your application scales dynamically to user load. The speed of Docker containers combined with the scalability of Kubernetes delivers a robust and high-performing platform to run your application on.

Use Cases

Twelve-Factor Applications

IT often bears a heavy burden in businesses looking for opportunities to gain a competitive advantage. There is constant pressure to innovate and deploy Agile methodologies. More and more organizations of all sizes are looking to leverage the cloud, developing cloud-native applications, and deploy the operational principles of 12-factor apps. Kubernetes was built specifically to host 12-factor, cloud-native applications. Thanks to its application-centric management constructs — like service discovery, declarative operations, load balancing and auto scaling — building and running a 12-factor application becomes much easier.

DevOps

DevOps is a culture and a tool-set that breaks down traditional silos in organizations through the intersection of core methodologies– automation, collaboration, integration and communication. It allows a company to react quickly to customer demand and achieve a faster speed-to-market, enabling continual release and adjustment cycles by implementing Agile methodologies. Kubernetes and Docker are a natural fit for a DevOps culture. Docker provides a clear deliverable for software development and Kubernetes provides the declarative, automated platform to run your application in production.

Service Delivery Platform

It would be impossible for organizations to develop every piece of software required to run their applications. Smart developers benefit from the sharing and reuse of components and services whenever possible, relying heavily on software libraries and open source software. Docker enables the sharing of software that can run anywhere and the public Docker Hub registry contains a treasure of already packaged up software ready for deployment. In addition, Kubernetes offers a platform for people to share fully functioning services instead of software. It allows you to install things like a replicated MySQL cluster or highly available RabbitMQ queueing service with minimum effort.

Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment

Continuous integration and continuous deployment methodologies are a well-established concept, and offer the benefits of increasing the efficiency and agility of teams. By using Docker as the build and deployment artifact, organizations gain a portable and sharable package in which they can deploy their software to almost any infrastructure stack. Kubernetes provides fully-integrated deployment options like rolling updates, canary deployments, blue green deployments and A/B testing. Used in concert, Docker and Kubernetes on CenturyLink Cloud offer an ideal platform for continuous integration and continuous deployment approach.

Micro-Services

Micro-Service architecture is quickly becoming a standard for building new and complex applications. It breaks down traditionally monolithic applications into a collection of independently deployable services, making it easier to understand and delineate clear ownership for building and running each service. However, running a collection of services versus a single service can be complex in itself without the right tool chain. Docker and Kubernetes provide the perfect solution for micro-services. Docker containers are the ideal packing and shipping mechanism for your applications while Kubernetes provides the declarative framework and feature set to convert your software into services with very little effort.