Executive Summary – Hyperconverged Kubernetes White Paper

Kubernetes is the de-facto standard for container orchestration for microservices and applications. However, enterprise adoption of big data and databases using containers and Kubernetes is hindered by multiple challenges such as complexity of persistent storage, network, and application lifecycle management. Kubernetes provides the agility and scale modern enterprises need. Although, it provides the building blocks for infrastructure, not a turnkey solution.

On the other hand, Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) provides a turnkey solution by combining virtualized compute(hypervisor), storage, and network in a single system. It eliminates the complexity of integrating infrastructure components by providing an out of the box solution that runs enterprise applications.

We believe combining Kubernetes and the principles of HCI brings simplicity to Kubernetes and creates a turnkey solution for data-heavy workloads. Hyper-converged Kubernetes technology with built-in enterprise-grade container storage and flexible overlay networking extends Kubernetes’ multi-cloud portability to big data, databases, and AI/ML.

Introducing: Hyper-Converged Kubernetes

What is hyper-convergence? Hyper-converged Infrastructure is a software-defined IT framework that combines compute, storage, and networking in a single system. HCI virtualizes all components of the traditional hardware-defined IT infrastructure. Typically, HCI systems consist of a hypervisor for virtualized computing, a software-defined storage (SDS) component, and a software-defined networking (SDN) component.

Hyper-converged Infrastructure software runs on X-86 based commodity hardware. It provides a complete environment for running enterprise applications, which means IT teams do not have to stitch together various pieces needed to to run the applications. All the required components are provided out of the box.

What is Kubernetes?

Kubernetes (also commonly referred to as K8s) is a container orchestration system that automates lifecycle operations such as deployment, scaling, and management for containerized applications. It was initially developed by Google, and later open-sourced. It is now managed by Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Kubernetes groups containers into logical units called “Pod”s. A pod is a collection of containers that belong together and should run on the same node. Kubernetes provides a Pod-centric management environment. It orchestrates compute, storage, and networking resources for workloads defined as Pods. Kubernetes can be used as a platform for containers, microservices, and private clouds.