Tag: scheduling

The Three Pillars of Kubernetes Container Orchestration

May 18, 2017

In Kubernetes, we often hear terms like resource management, scheduling and load balancing.  While Kubernetes offers many capabilities, understanding these concepts is key to appreciating how workloads are placed, managed and made resilient.  In this short article, I provide an overview of each facility, explain how they are implemented in Kubernetes, and how they interact with one another to provide efficient management of containerized workloads.  If you’re new to Kubernetes and seeking to learn the space, please consider reading our case for Kubernetes article.

Resource Management

Resource management is all about the efficient allocation of infrastructure resources.  In Kubernetes, resources are things that can be requested by, allocated to, or consumed by a container or pod.  Having a common resource management model is essential, since many components in Kubernetes need to be resource aware including the scheduler, load balancers, worker-pool managers and even applications themselves.  If resources are underutilized, this translates into waste and cost-inefficiency.  If resources are over-subscribed, the result can be application failures, downtime, or missed SLAs. Read more