Kubernetes Is the Answer…So What's the Question?

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If you are an enterprise CIO, CTO, CDO, or CxO, you need to read up on and understand the burgeoning adoption of Kubernetes. It's been a while since a technology like Kubernetes came along and swept through the world of enterprise applications and compute. This is a story that needs to be assimilated by the technology industry and is one that many start ups can learn from and heed its warnings.

Kubernetes, sometimes referred to as K8s, emerged as an open source play that leverages the power of containers and was initially owned by Docker. Docker began life as containerization replacing the legacy domain of virtualization. As the container market continued to grow, it was clear key components were missing from its initial use case and an enormous opportunity existed to add and adopt new services that would make the use of containers easier, faster, and far more productive.

Today, containerized applications are the norm. They're easier to deploy, can be 'hardened' before deployment, can be better managed and monitored and – in the case of MapR customers – can begin the journey of relating previously unrelatable data through the use of metadata labels and annotations. This is not where Kubernetes will end. Emerging capabilities in orchestration and continuous improvement in both management and monitoring are anticipated as the technology finds greater adoption. We'll also begin to see the convergence of other open source and innovative software technologies, like MapR, leveraging the power of containers.

Kubernetes has even greater promise as emerging technologies leverage its global adoption, incorporating container access to data. MapR is the innovator and leader in the process to enable ALL DATA – files, tables and streams – in the form it persists. The MapR Data Fabric for Kubernetes enables customers to have a secure, persistent way to access data, beginning with files, no matter what form it's persisted in through a secure, recoverable, and highly available solution.

MapR has long been the leader in providing a powerful data platform that enables our customers to harness the power of their data, in all forms, to drive the new data economy. The new data economy leverages the power of your data converged with external data sources to create a custom data fabric. The MapR Data Fabric for Kubernetes extends our data platform to the broad set of enterprise customers leveraging the market leadership and innovation supported by the power of Apache and Google.

Why is there such an emphasis on the MapR Data Fabric for Kubernetes? Quite simply, customers are finding the adoption of technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence far easier once they have the combined capabilities offered by MapR and Kubernetes. They find it is simpler to implement and produce faster results.

Just as powerful, the combined technologies allow customers to access for the first time all their data no matter where it is physically stored – in the cloud, on premises, or with a hybrid approach. That's a very powerful statement – enterprise customers can now build containerized applications that can perform business functions and analytics regardless of where the data is stored. That means applications can run in a single or multi-cloud environment, and they can share data in a converged multi-cloud, private cloud environment. This is foundational for the creation of the new data economy, and it's available today!

Finally, for those concerned about proprietary versus open source, rest easy. The MapR Data Fabric for Kubernetes continues our commitment to open APIs accessible through our data platform's integration with standard Posix, Kafka, HDFS, hBase, and NFS APIs, plus it is delivered as part of our containerization solution. MapR provides a unique foundation that we believe leads the industry into the brave new world of innovative approaches to producing business insights to our mutual customers. Welcome to the new data economy!

This blog post was published March 15, 2018.