Docker made containers a mainstream development and deployment phenomenon, but Kubernetes has achieved something even greater-making containers manageable. Kubernetes began 2017 as one of many ways to do container orchestration and ended the year as the way, with even former arch-rivals Docker and Amazon climbing on the K8s bandwagon. Kubernetes is now the de facto standard for running containers on-premises and in the public cloud.
Three feature-packed releases over the course of 2017 helped to drive the skyrocketing adoption. Version 1.6 allowed Kubernetes clusters to scale to 5,000 nodes. Version 1.7 bolstered features for extensibility, secrets management, and persistent state in Kubernetes applications. Version 1.8 added role-based access control features, volume snapshotting and resizing, and new APIs to manage workloads. Version 1.9 marked beta support for Windows Server.
Supporting projects added fuel to the fire. Pivotal and VMware teamed up to deploy Kubernetes on VMware vSphere. Heptio, a startup co-founded by Kubernetes creators, took aim at easing Kubernetes setup. Expect 2018 to bring an expansion of Windows support, much-needed improvements to the available storage options, and Kubernetes continuing to consolidate its position as the established choice for container orchestration.
– Serdar Yegulalp
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