Exploring the Developer Experience with Kubernetes - Part 2
July 22, 2020

Roopak Parikh
Platform9

One of today's popular platforms for streamlining deployment and upgrades is Kubernetes, the open-source container orchestration system. Let's take a look at some more questions that surround Kubernetes.

Start with Exploring the Developer Experience with Kubernetes - Part 1


What are the top benefits of Kubernetes for developers?

While there are pains and challenges when getting started with Kubernetes, once developers are able to get through it, they start to reap a lot of benefits. Some of the key benefits include the performance and the availability that Kubernetes as a framework gives to applications.

For example, let's take a loan processing application at a bank. The organization wants to scale the application quickly because suddenly the fed has cut the rates and there is a long list of clients waiting for this application to be processed. With Kubernetes, it's easy to scale out without having to do much of anything in the application. The infrastructure provides those constructs.

Another benefit of Kubernetes is how easily developers can configure an application. Kubernetes allows developers to save configurations in a central location and makes sure when changes are made to configurations that applications also change or react accordingly.

Finally, the declarative nature of the Kubernetes API tends to be one of the top features that most developers would list as the things that they like the most about Kubernetes. With a declarative approach, instead of describing steps or instructions that are sequential or procedural in nature, it lets developers specify upfront the desired state of the system, or the desired state of the applications using a very well-defined, declarative set of resources.

This is a very elegant way of describing what they want, how they want apps to be configured, the kind of work that they want to be done, etc. And, it has also enabled new ways of thinking about continuous integration and continuous delivery.

Since Kubernetes is so declarative and the desired state can be specified using these files, it becomes very convenient to put those files in a GitHub repo, and then make a GitHub repo describe the desired state. Developers can then use Git's version control mechanisms to help keep track of version history.

Why is a declarative approach so beneficial?

A declarative approach makes development very repeatable. It's unambiguous. If there is a procedural or sequential way of describing work to be done, it's difficult to debug things when something fails far down the development pipeline.

Sequential ways of working leave developers asking, "where did things fail? What needs to be redone or undone?" Whereas a declarative approach is unambiguous. Developers can declare upfront, "Here's everything that I need. Try your best to converge towards that state."

When using Kubernetes or containers, it is easy to repeat steps on a machine or in a container onto any other environment. Portability is also a key benefit here. With the declarative approach of Kubernetes, developers can run applications the same way they are run on a laptop. This is a huge benefit from other tools where applications are typically distributed and there are people who are using multiple infrastructures to run their applications on.

The developer experience with Kubernetes can be complex and oftentimes feel daunting, but once implemented there are major benefits to reap. From performance, availability, portability and declarative approaches, the grass can be greener on the Kubernetes side.

With diligence and cross-team support, developers can master Kubernetes, overcome challenges and start delivering cloud-native applications with ease.

Roopak Parikh is Co-Founder and CTO of Platform9
Share this

Industry News

January 14, 2021

Oracle is making its popular APEX low-code development platform available as a managed cloud service that developers can use to build data-driven enterprise applications quickly and easily.

January 14, 2021

Parasoft announced its C/C++test update to support IAR Systems' build tools for Linux for Arm.

January 14, 2021

Harness raised $115 million in financing, reaching a valuation of $1.7 billion in just three years after launching from stealth.

January 13, 2021

Slim.ai launched with its cloud-based DevOps automation platform built specifically for software developers.

January 13, 2021

WhiteSource announced new WhiteSource Advise support for JetBrains' PyCharm and WebStorm integrated development environments (IDEs).

January 12, 2021

Red Hat has added new features to Red Hat Runtimes.

January 11, 2021

KubeSphere announced its expanded relationship with AWS to offer KubeSphere as an AWS Quick Start.

January 07, 2021

Red Hat announced its intent to acquire StackRox

January 07, 2021

Cigniti Technologies announced a partnership with Sonatype to help enterprise customers innovate faster and easily mitigate security risk inherent in open source.

January 07, 2021

Lacework announced a $525 million growth round with a valuation of over $1 billion.

January 06, 2021

BMC announced several new capabilities and enhancements for the BMC Automated Mainframe Intelligence (AMI) and Compuware portfolios that enable BMC mainframe customers to protect uptime and availability, defend the mainframe against cybersecurity threats, and advance enterprise DevOps.

January 06, 2021

Sysdig has achieved Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II compliance for the Sysdig Secure DevOps Platform.

January 05, 2021

Allegro AI announced a rebranding of its key product Allegro Trains as ClearML.

January 05, 2021

Acryl unveiled a pilot service for Jonathan, an integrated AI platform that can be used in a variety of industries with a spectrum of users from non-experts to professional developers.

January 05, 2021

Weaveworks announced a $36.65 million Series C funding round.