Dive deeper into IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

Build cloud native

Build new and modern applications based on containers and microservices designed to leverage the cloud — including elastic scaling, immutable deployment, disposable instances and global infrastructure. Combine Docker and Kubernetes to orchestrate intelligent scheduling, self-healing and horizontal scaling for rapid delivery of your apps. IBM will fully manage the master nodes (K8s API server) and provide management tooling to the worker nodes (K8s minions) that you fully own and control.

Modernize and extend existing apps

Containerize an existing app on the cloud — to unlock efficiency, accelerate development velocity, and improve availability and security. Extend that app to add new experiences, often without changing the underlying code-by binding to over 170 services, including Watson Natural Language Classifier, Compose for MongoDB, IoT, blockchain and DevOps continuous delivery.

Accelerate your DevOps pipeline

Leverage Kubernetes to facilitate an agile release schedule through continuous delivery. Kubernetes will support a controlled rollout methodology for new releases using IBM Open Toolchain or by utilizing your existing CI/CD tooling.

Secure your stack

Protect critical data and workloads during your application’s lifecycle, by building a chain of trust from bare metal to deployment. IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service has built-in security measures including automated encryption, private registries, customizable isolation policies, and continuous scanning of static Docker images and running containers for known vulnerabilities and configuration weaknesses.

Manage microservices

Microservices provide many advantages, but also present new challenges. Manage microservices at scale, whether you’re decomposing monoliths into smaller applications, or innovating with new apps, using cloud-native techniques. Support traffic-flow management as well as access policy enforcement and telemetry data aggregation between microservices — without making changes to application code. Istio is open technology that can be run on Kubernetes to provide a way for developers to identify and seamlessly connect, manage and secure networks of different microservices — regardless of platform, source or vendor.

Multicloud and multivendor portability

Most enterprises operate in a multicloud or hybrid cloud environment. There are a number of reasons for this approach: resource investment in a given environment, organizational choice, and most importantly, portability. Containers offer a compute choice that is not only lightweight, but inherently has a degree of portability within a multicloud scenario. This is particularly true if those containers are managed via open-source orchestration tools such as Kubernetes.

A Kubernetes-centric approach

IBM has a Kubernetes-based container service for whatever kind of cloud environment your client wants to stand up: public, private or hybrid. It uses Kubernetes as a foundation to provide advanced capabilities for accelerating DevOps, modernizing traditional apps, and relieving the pain around security, scale and information management. As Kubernetes increasingly becomes the industry standard, your AppDev executive client has the ability to port Kubernetes-based containers into IBM Cloud, and take advantage of automated DevTest, CI/CD and 170+ PaaS services related to DevOps, data analytics, blockchain and Watson.

Ultimate flexibility (and other benefits)

Since IBM provides a 100-percent native Kubernetes experience, the customer’s Lead Developer/Architect will enjoy consistency with base images, json/yaml files and Kubernetes dashboard, regardless of whether they started with another cloud provider. Moreover, you maintain ultimate flexibility in the degree that you want to integrate, as you can fork upstream at the registry, or downstream in the DevOps pipeline itself.

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Manage highly available apps inside Docker containers and IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service clusters on the IBM Cloud.