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Steffi Greuel 2 Minutes

Azure Kubernetes: All Advantages of Orchestration Software at a Glance

ESYON is gradually migrating the operated online shops to Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS). In this blog post, we will explain what Kubernetes is and the benefits of transitioning to it.

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What is Kubernetes?

Kubernetes is an orchestration software used to deploy, manage, and scale containers. Originally designed by Google and known as K8s, it was later donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and has since been managed as an open-source project. The name comes from the Greek word for "helmsman," which aptly describes Kubernetes' function.

Today, most application software is container-based, with each application requiring its own configuration and specific dependencies. As the number of containers increases, managing them becomes more complex. Kubernetes offers an API that automates control processes, monitors computing resources, and dynamically adjusts resource allocation within a network as needed.

Kubernetes has formed a considerable community around it as open-source software, with numerous digital giants, including Microsoft, being part of it. Leveraging expertise in Microsoft Azure as an integrated and flexible cloud solution, ESYON also relies on Azure Kubernetes Services.

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Advantages of Azure Kubernetes Services for Our Customers

As we gradually migrate our customers' online shops to AKS, the following benefits arise:

Accelerated Time-to-Market

With Kubernetes, ESYON can automatically provision homogeneous staging, testing, and production environments. Continuous CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment) processes, in conjunction with our development environment based on Azure DevOps, enable us to make rapid development sprints available.

Increased Stability and Availability

Kubernetes enhances the level of software integration automation, leading to increased stability and a reduction of potential sources of errors. The orchestration software automatically detects system failures and initiates application restarts. During peak loads, the system also scales automatically and provisions additional servers.

Coat and Effort Reduction

Kubernetes optimizes the packing density of containers independently, resulting in a more efficient utilization of resources, thus reducing infrastructure costs.

Performance

Kubernetes ensures high performance of the shop system by distributing the system load efficiently.

Benefits of Azure Kubernetes in Combination wit OXID eShop

The combination of OXID eShop and Azure Kubernetes Services is highly beneficial. The modern OXID platform can be easily operated in AKS without compatibility concerns. In AKS, various shop services are isolated and monitored in separate containers, expandable or restarted as needed. Within an OXID eShop instance, the Apache web server, PHP engine, and Cron services are started in their own pods. MySQL databases serve as the backend, offering high stability, performance, and security. Depending on the shop's requirements and size, a tailor-made infrastructure can be provided, such as mirroring the online store across different data centers. In case of a server failure, operations can continue seamlessly without downtime or data loss. Automated container management by Kubernetes minimizes maintenance efforts, allowing ESYON to fully focus on their customers' projects and optimally implement their e-commerce strategies.