What is Kubernetes? What is K8s?

Updated: Jul 26

The container world is all like the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. 🏴‍☠️


The name Kubernetes originates from Greek, meaning helmsman (a person who steers a ship or boat.) or pilot.


& before understanding anything, let's understand what is K8s.


K8s as an abbreviation results from counting the eight letters between the "K" and the "s" of Kubernetes.

What is Kubernetes?


Kubernetes is an open-source platform for managing a huge number of containerized workloads and services. It automates the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.


A platform that environs the huge number of services and capabilities that keep growing.


The core functionality of Kubernetes is scheduling workloads in containers across your infrastructure.


Now, it's very well clear that K8s act as a helmsman for containers. The logo describes the same, a ship's wheel



Kubernetes capabilities (but not limited to)

  • mounting storage systems

  • distributing secrets

  • checking application health and readiness

  • replicating application instances

  • using the horizontal pod autoscaler

  • using cluster autoscaling

  • naming and service discovery

  • balancing loads

  • rolling updates

  • monitoring resources

  • accessing and ingesting logs

  • debugging applications

  • providing authentication and authorization



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