What is Kubernetes?

Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration platform used to automate the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It was developed by Google and is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Kubernetes provides a unified platform for managing containerized applications across multiple hosts and provides features such as load balancing, automatic scaling, rolling updates, and self-healing. It allows developers to focus on writing and deploying their applications, while the platform handles the infrastructure and operations tasks.

Kubernetes works by abstracting the underlying infrastructure and creating a virtualized environment for deploying and managing containerized applications. It uses a declarative approach to manage the state of the application, which means that users define the desired state of the application, and Kubernetes ensures that the current state matches the desired state.

Kubernetes is highly extensible and supports a wide range of third-party plugins and tools. It is also platform-agnostic and can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments. Because of its flexibility, scalability, and reliability, Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for container orchestration and is widely adopted by organizations of all sizes and across industries.

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