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Kubernetes

Simplify and automate the deployment, operation, maintenance and scaling of container-based applications.

Automation in data centres and cloud computing are two key drivers of the digital transformation. One core technology for this purpose is Kubernetes. This universal platform is used to manage and orchestrate containers in cloud environments – regardless of whether they are private, public (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform) or hybrid.

Kubernetes minimises the manual effort of complex container applications by automating deployment, scaling and operation.

What we offer

Design and architecture

We accompany our customers from the concept through to the implementation of their Kubernetes project. Within our project with 1&1 Mail & Media, for example, we started with an architecture workshop to define the goals, and used that as the basis to develop a server architecture that has since grown to over 800 servers and gradually replaced the huge existing architecture of around 17,000 servers.

We focus fully on the aims and needs of our customers. That could mean a turnkey platform that the company works on, or a solution with services on Kubernetes. We provide advice and are able to develop solutions that work across teams. This is proven by best practices from more than five years of project experience.

Infrastructure implementation

Whether prepared in advance by our customer or co-developed by us, we implement infrastructure in a fully automated way as the epitome of a ready-for-production solution – including monitoring, logging and all the necessary features.

We rely on the Infrastructure as Code paradigm to implement Kubernetes infrastructures. Infrastructure services such as storage space, network or computing services can be described as code and thus assembled or disassembled in a fully automated way.
This allows our customers to access a fully automated infrastructure that drastically reduces the time to market of the desired product and is dynamically scalable at the same time.

Deployment

In order to deliver a running version of the product as quickly as possible, we rely on continuous integration and continuous deployment. By automating tests, developers have more time to integrate new functions and work creatively on the project.

The automation of deployments ensures that the infrastructure is always up to date and that features that have already been programmed can be integrated at the touch of a button, rather than gathering dust in a queue.

Development

When it comes to development, we rely on support from a developer’s perspective. When developing in Kubernetes, we can make use of cloud-native applications. They stand out because they are lightweight containers that can be scaled efficiently and performantly.

If the services provided by Kubernetes are not sufficient in certain areas, we turn to service meshes to complement them in an intelligent and sensible way. We have experience in integrating database operators and using message brokers, such as the IoT MQTT broker from our technology partner Hive MQ.

Security

Kubernetes is constantly evolving. With that in mind, for reasons of security it is important to be part of these developments and to stay up to date. For this purpose, we rely on static code analysis, among other things, to harden the Kubernetes clusters. For existing installations, we can also carry out security reviews to prevent external influences on your system.

Open-source projects

Since Kubernetes was established, our developers have been actively contributing to the open-source project. During this time, our company has created tools for the Kubernetes cosmos, such as illuminatio – a Kubernetes Network Policy Validator.

In addition, we actively use many tools from the open-source sector in our projects, evaluate them and thus have the experience and know-how required to find the right services for a given project.
We not only extend the functionality of Kubernetes clusters, but also offer advice in the selection of suitable network tools and IT stacks.

Troubleshooting

If problems with the Kubernetes set-up occur, help not only needs to be provided quickly, but it also needs to be targeted and offer the required expertise. In addition to our own projects, our experts also evaluate existing installations and initiate appropriate measures or recommend action. If required, we also provide assistance with the implementation.

We added Kubernetes to our services in its infancy. Since then we have implemented it for leading companies across various industries.

Our Kubernetes engineers have known the product and its ecosystem since its formation and are involved with its source code as active developers. They contribute to the Kubernetes project and other open-source projects from the Kubernetes ecosystem.

We offer 360 degrees solutions for your project – from design and architecture to implementing and porting apps to the platform and getting them production ready. We can support you building your own teams with our full-day or part-time trainings. Our Engineers know the world of Kubernetes and help you choose the right tools and components for your solution.

Training

Learning on the Job

We offer a variety of training opportunities for Kubernetes. In addition to seminars and training courses for certified Kubernetes administrators and application developers, training on the job is also possible. Integrated into the daily work rhythm, we develop the expertise of your (development) teams in small training sessions and through joint troubleshooting. Feel free to contact us to discuss individual solutions!

inovex is a Kubernetes Certified Service Partner

Kubernetes

Kubernetes is a modern orchestration platform for container-based applications and takes care of the complete management of computer, network and storage. The system was originally developed by Google and handed over to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is dedicated to open source projects such as Kubernetes, Prometheus and Envoy.
As a Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP), we support companies to successfully introduce Kubernetes.

Case Study

Kubernetes

1 & 1 Mail & Media GmbH: geo-redundant Kubernetes hardware cluster created in just six months

inovex and REWE’s collaboration in the area of supply chain optimisation has focused particularly intensively on REWE’s IT subsidiary, REWE digital.
This particular project involved developing demand forecasting for REWE’s delivery service, leveraging big data technologies to enable easy scalability.

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Matthias Albert

Head of IT Engineering & Operations

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