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Can Kubernetes be an IT budget hero?
Kubernetes helps IT teams increase efficiency, reliability, and consistency – which helps reap budget savings. Let's look at four people-oriented examples, from the value of a common language to freeing up talent to do new projects
3. People can literally do more – without burning out
Different versions of the “do more with the same or fewer resources” mandate are often borne of necessity, but they’re rarely sustainable forever. If you always operate with that mindset, teams and people wear down and risk burnout and/or seek greener pastures elsewhere. Those issues create different kinds of budget problems, including higher turnover.
Kubernetes is the kind of tool that actually enables people to “do more” without saddling their daily routines with tons of painful, manual effort. This is particularly important in any organization where “scale” and similar terms are part of the vocabulary; it’s also important in hybrid cloud and/or multi-cloud settings.
“The adoption of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) with Kubernetes will result in fewer ‘snowflake’ deployments and more reliable deployment patterns,” Niraj Tolia, CEO at Kasten, told us recently. “This will make it easier for a smaller number of people to manage a larger number of servers, applications, and clusters spread across multiple data centers and clouds.”
There’s a multiplier effect with containers and Kubernetes, Lachhman notes: An engineer can go from managing hundreds of VMs to thousands – or even tens of thousands – of containers with Kubernetes’ orchestration capabilities.
4. Fewer moving parts equals budget predictability
All of the above benefits IT execs, of course, but Lachhman notes a long-term benefit of Kubernetes specifically for leadership teams, especially when it comes to fiscal planning.
“The catalog of items that IT leaders need to manage will also decrease,” Lachhman says. “If an item runs on Kubernetes, [the need for] specialized hardware or software will decrease. Because of the density, agility, and generic sense of Kubernetes, there will be less moving parts and this allows IT leaders to predict and balance budgets easier.”
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