Choosing the Right Kubernetes Platform  

Ten years ago (2014), containers were increasingly being recognized as credible alternative for hosting applications. The many advantages that containers have over virtual machines (VMs)—more  lightweight, more portable and far more cost-effective—were becoming increasingly obvious.  

2014 was also pivotal because in July of that year, Google released Kubernetes as an open source project. This launched the ascendancy of “K8s” as the de facto orchestration solution for containers. 

As it happens, 2014 was also the year Diamanti was founded and laid down its vision to build the most efficient storage and networking subsystem for Kubernetes containers. This would lead Diamanti to make significant contributions, including the first storage plugin (flex volume driver) for Kubernetes.  

Ten years later Diamanti is still going strong and making important contributions to the Kubernetes engine. Our laser-like focus on efficient storage and networking for Kubernetes has given us important advantages in how we approach the market and deliver benefits to today’s customers.  

All of this makes Diamanti the right choice for implementing Kubernetes. Here’s a look at some of the key elements that set Diamanti apart from other providers of Kubernetes solutions: 

Simplifying Kubernetes Deployment 

From the very start, Diamanti has been focused on simplifying Kubernetes deployments and ongoing management. We saw a demand for solutions that enabled enterprises to benefit from containers without being forced to over invest in the resources needed to enjoy those benefits. Starting with Ultima Accelerator, our hyperconverged infrastructure appliance for Kubernetes, Diamanti focused on delivering a comprehensive, turnkey, purpose-built platform that included the Kubernetes orchestration engine as well as storage, networking, a full range of data and data recovery services, security and multi-cluster management.  

Persistent Storage for Kubernetes 

Another important element of Diamanti’s approach to Kubernetes is our focus on persistent storage. When Google initially developed Kubernetes, it was to be a solution for hosting stateless applications and therefore did not have the persistent storage and data recovery capabilities needed to support more demanding stateful applications at enterprise scale. Diamanti was one of the first to recognize this challenge for enterprises and address the data services gap by delivering an intelligent Kubernetes storage platform, including an intelligent storage scheduler for optimal data placement. 

The Diamanti platform was among the first to enable Kubernetes applications to seamlessly access databases and stateful containers across availability zones. This addresses a key enterprise requirement—enabling high availability of application data and reducing failover times from minutes down to seconds across data centers or availability zones. 

A Commitment to Being Hybrid 

Diamanti is fully hybrid—you can deploy our solutions in both cloud and on-premises environments. Being completely “agnostic” as to where you implement Kubernetes is a major differentiator between Diamanti and other K8s platforms. 

Multi-cluster Management 

Another well-known outage in the initial development of Kubernetes was the lack of multi-cluster management. Because Kubernetes was initially intended for small dev/test environments, there was little focus on the “Day 2”  management tools that IT staffs are accustomed to using. Diamanti (through its Spektra solution) has put a big focus on multi-cluster management delivering tools, templates, a GUI and more to streamline management and administration at enterprise scale. 

Performance  

Perhaps the biggest difference between Diamanti and other providers of Kubernetes platforms is in the focus on performance.  While all Diamanti Kubernetes platforms deliver the virtualization capabilities needed to run applications while maximizing the use of the underlying hardware, Diamanti’s HCI Kubernetes appliance (Ultima Accelerator) goes further: delivering Quality of Service (QoS) performance guarantees that far exceed anything that can be done with legacy virtualization infrastructure. 

This not only lowers costs—reducing data center footprint for CPU and storage—it also makes Diamanti an ideal choice for running data intensive AI and analytics applications as well as performance-demanding edge installations.  

Which Solution is Right for You? 

There are many factors that go into choosing a Kubernetes solution. Key issues include: 

  • Where are you on your Kubernetes journey? Just getting started? Already experienced with different platforms? 
  • What are your plans? For a few simple deployments to test the waters? A major enterprise-wide commitment? 

While we are biased in favor of Diamanti, there is no question that for small, simple deployments of Kubernetes containers, there are many solutions that will fit the bill. Especially, if you are just getting started, the platforms available via the cloud providers, such as Google, AWS and Azure, are options to consider.  

The problem is that once you move beyond the Kubernetes startup stage, those other solutions will inevitably come up short and in the case of the cloud platforms, become very expensive. 

Especially when you are hosting resource-intensive applications in hybrid environments—which is the norm in today’s enterprise—there is no question that Diamanti  offers more options for deployment, performance, management, scalability and ultimately significant cost savings.