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Kube-managed cloud services

Oct 2020
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Cloud providers have slowly started supporting Kubernetes-style APIs, via custom resource definitions (CRDs), for managing their cloud services. In most cases these cloud services are a core part of the infrastructure, and we've seen teams use tools such as Terraform or Pulumi to provision them. With these new CRDs (ACK for AWS, Azure Service Operator for Azure and Config Connectors for GCP) you can use Kubernetes to provision and manage these cloud services. One advantage of these Kube-managed cloud services is that you can leverage the same Kubernetes control plane to enforce the declarative state of both your application and infrastructure. The downside is that it tightly couples your Kubernetes cluster with infrastructure, so we're carefully assessing it and you should too.