Companies have to be structurally fit for the future and withstand the high pressure to innovate - these are the core tasks of management. In IT, we see two important building blocks in particular for how technology can support the business:
Digitalise existing business processes to make the organisation faster and more effective.
Further establish digital products in oder to be able to compete in the long term.
At the same time, innovation cycles are becoming shorter and shorter, and the demands on IT systems and people in IT departments are increasing enormously.
Many products are already digital - available as software or as applications. These applications must be available around the clock and operated everywhere, as close to the user as possible.
Everywhere. In the Edge, in the Core and in the Cloud
The goal must be to make the digital experience with the products as perfect as possible for all customers and users. Only then the business can function optimally. As FullStackS, we understand our customers' business and provide them with the optimal IT architecture.
Ultimately, it is always a matter of digital business processes and models. We understand these with our holistic "FullStack" approach, always as a link between the customer's business and IT.
This leads us to the question:
Digitalization and business success from the container - is that possible?
What is DevOps?
This area has many facets and is not a "product" - it is much more the result of new approaches, establishing new mindsets and tearing down existing silos between departments.
We live DevOps by enabling our customers through our methodical-structured approach, supporting them in their transformation to agile processes as well as in the change of mindset and provide the right tools for maximum business value.
DevOps becomes significantly valuable when working with the right, optimally coordinated tool stack. To give just one trivial example: for example, an APM solution triggers a rollback of a software rollout if performance problems occur after upgrading to a new release.
Through ongoing coordination with the customer's stakeholders, we react flexibly and quickly to changing conditions and can thus quickly take countermeasures and do not lose sight of the goal.
Technologically, in addition to Full Stack Observability (FSO), monitoring and topics such as Infrastructure as Code, the topic of containers & Kubernetes is almost always found in the "DevOps" haze.
Sure, Kubernetes is the answer! But what is question?
Admittedly, this is deliberately presented in a very provocative way.
Let's ignore the hype around modern technologies and focus on benefits and advantages for companies.
A better question might be: How can my company benefit?
Example 1 - Use Case & Value:
Developers live shorter and shorter release cycles and produce new features and functions (so-called releases or "artifacts") almost daily - and that is a good thing. This software must be operated and provided to the user as required by the individual use case (the digital business process or product).
And this is where we have a massive challenge, because classic IT infrastructure is often static and inert - because your objectives are robust and stable operations.
Changes are made - if at all - only when they are absolutely necessary and are planned well in advance as "maintenance windows".
There is an area of tension here that needs to be resolved. Container technology, self-service and automation are the answers here.
For this reason, almost all successful companies already use container technology. And in most cases, that is Kubernetes - the "de facto standard" in container orchestration.
What are containers?
Containers are a (minimal) virtualization technology for applications. In contrast to classic virtualization, containers do not require an operating system. In addition to the application, containers also contain all the necessary runtime environments and dependencies, and are also extremely lean, portable and versionable. With these properties, they are virtually the "de facto standard" for the delivery and operation of modern software.
What is Kubernetes?
Kubernetes is a container orchestration system, which we also like to call the "operating system of the cloud". It represents the de facto standard for large, scalable container environments. Kubernetes monitors, controls and orchestrates container environments. In very simplified terms, Kubernetes is to containers what VMware vSphere (vCenter) is to virtual machines - admittedly though this comparison is completely misleading, as the systems are completely different.
How can my company benefit from containers and Kubernetes?
Like almost every modern technology, containers and Kubernetes are overrated. Anyone who selects these technologies just to "have the latest thing again" is giving away their potential.
Our mission is to enable significant added value for your company through these technologies. In addition to a valid use case, this also requires a focus on the added value of the technologies. These added values must then be fully exploited.
But what can these added values be?
With our holistic approach, we ensure the introduction of a scalable container and Kubernetes platform in your company and leverage significant benefits for you. Along the way, we introduce DevOps into your company and you benefit from the agility and mindset gained, which allows the Dev and Ops teams to contribute to your business goals.
The answer to the initial question is "Yes". Yes, as long as there is a valid use case and a focus on the objectives to be achieved in the form of added value. We support you in this.