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Kubernetes Operators

Apr 2019

We're excited about the impact Kubernetes has had on our industry but also concerned about the operational complexity that comes with it. Keeping a Kubernetes cluster up and running and then managing packages deployed on it requires special skills and time. Operational processes such as upgrades, migrations, backups, among others, can be a full-time job. We think that Kubernetes Operators will play a key role in reducing this complexity. The framework provides a standard mechanism to describe automated operational processes for packages running in a Kubernetes cluster. Although Operators were spearheaded and promoted by RedHat, several community-developed Operators for common open-source packages such as Jaeger, MongoDB and Redis have begun to emerge.