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Enterprise Kubernetes Platform Challenges in Hybrid Cloud

By Nisha Sharma - September 28, 2022 4 Mins Read

In addition to its extensive capability, Kubernetes is preferred by CIOs, CTOs, and developers because of its support for a variety of cloud services and cloud providers and its mobility within this wide ecosystem of open source supporting tools.

The use of the enterprise Kubernetes platform is expanding to multi-cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructure, where workloads are spread across public and private clouds. Over the last few years, Kubernetes has grown in popularity and is now the most extensively used containerization technology.

However, despite its many advantages, Kubernetes in the hybrid cloud has some drawbacks as well such as:

Without a flexible, single cloud solution, businesses would have to independently plan for each cloud environment, increasing overhead and lost opportunity costs.

Unified Visibility Absence Across Multiple Infrastructures

Kubernetes is used by many enterprises in numerous ways, hence the Kubernetes landscape frequently lacks unified visibility to efficiently monitor cluster performance. When a cluster is down, businesses are unable to fix issues right away and cannot easily gather operational data to improve resource use. Observability and cost management tools are provided by cloud providers, but the enterprise Kubernetes platform needs to have unified visibility and cost granularity across various cloud clusters and infrastructures.

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Manual deployments are the time taken

Even though scalability and speed of performance are expected from the enterprise Kubernetes platform, enterprises encounter difficulties putting Kubernetes into production. A number of open-source technologies must be chosen, integrated, automated, and tested for robustness in order to deliver an end-to-end solution. Additionally, a lot of public cloud service providers don’t offer a list of open-source technologies that are already completely integrated. Instead of worrying about the underlying infrastructure, businesses need a Kubernetes solution that can get them into production as promptly as possible.

Ongoing Operations

Some businesses may find it difficult to operate an enterprise Kubernetes platform in hybrid environments, which is frequently viewed as a burden on business objectives. This leads to them adopting cloud migration for their innovation requirements. The same operational difficulties, like the requirement for security and scalability as well as automation to develop new hybrid environments, confront firms every day. The enterprise Kubernetes platform requires a certain amount of control without incurring a significant financial burden or impeding its ability to operate quickly and efficiently.

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No enterprise access control

In order to empower workforce division for certain use cases like intellectual property, regulated data, or other scenarios, businesses may need to separate clusters. When cluster sprawl is unregulated, a variety of issues with credentials and resource sharing arise. To save operational expenses and satisfy internal and regulatory compliance standards, it is necessary to have an automated solution that can establish the proper rules between several clouds or between various clusters operating in the same environment. 

Lack of Open Single Cloud Solution  

Insufficiency of Open Single Cloud Solution

The abstraction process becomes challenging because each public cloud solution has a unique set of features and functionalities for developing, operating, and managing the enterprise Kubernetes platform. Each cloud speaks its own vernacular rather than a single, universal language, which causes friction when managing and shifting workloads between different clouds. Without a flexible, single cloud solution, businesses would have to independently plan for each cloud environment, increasing overhead and lost opportunity costs. The enterprise Kubernetes platform can execute its applications on different private or public cloud infrastructures without being locked in.

Fewer options for utilizing outside cloud-native expertise

Enterprises could look to managed service providers for challenging circumstances or complex use cases that call for qualified service support. However, enterprises need to avoid dealing with numerous different vendors when it comes to support, and the fact that they have few options for utilizing external support, training, and services proves to be a significant hurdle to success.

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AUTHOR

Nisha Sharma

Nisha Sharma is working with OnDot Media as a Tech Journalist. She has done Post graduation in Journalism & Mass Communication. Her prior experience was in B2B as a Content Writer. This is her first stint with a technology publication and she is on the high curve of learning about the IT sector, it's challenges, and the trends that move it forward.

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