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How to Build The Right Platform for Kubernetes
Whether you go with a cloud provider or go it alone, you need to plan the right architecture for your Kubernetes infrastructure.
Kubernetes is an orchestrator. It’s how you deploy, network, load balance, scale and maintain containerised apps. And each of those workloads
has its own architecture, whether that’s stateful or stateless, a monolith that you’ve containerised or microservices that you use with a service mesh, batch jobs or serverless functions.
But you also need to think about the architecture of your Kubernetes infrastructure itself: how you build the platform where Kubernetes runs.
Kubernetes is flexible enough to deploy almost any kind of application on almost any kind of hardware, in the cloud or elsewhere: in order to be both that generic and that powerful, it’s extremely configurable and extensible. That leaves you with a lot of architectural choices to make.
These choices include whether you make all the individual configuration choices yourself, follow the default options in tools like VMware Tanzu or Azure Arc that offer a more integrated approach to deploying and managing infrastructure — or go with a managed cloud Kubernetes service that still gives you choices about the resources you deploy but will have quick starts, reference architectures and blueprints designed for common application workloads.