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Dominic Ayres

Why Kubernetes Certified Service Providers Are Kind of a Big Deal

It is to our immense pleasure to announce Contino’s official Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP) status! This means we’re hot on the heels of the launch-day cohort of organizations announced in September this year, as part of the unveiling of the program by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

The KSCP program is designed to ensure that enterprises get the support they’re looking for to roll out new applications more quickly and more efficiently than before, while feeling secure that there’s a trusted and vetted partner that’s available to support their production and operational needs.

The CNCF has set a high bar for admissions, with the requirements including a stable clutch of engineers with in-depth knowledge of Kubernetes (proven with a notoriously devilish exam), visible contributions to the Kubernetes community at large and substantial experience of using the tool in the trenches.

This is yet another string we’re proud to add to the Contino bow and a hefty endorsement of our technical skills and competency in providing consulting, training and professional services in support of organizations embarking on their Kubernetes journey.

Why Is This Such a Big Deal?

Kubernetes is currently the most widely-used container orchestration tool, according to SysDig’s 2017 Docker Usage Report. Of the polled organizations using orchestration with Docker containers, 43 per cent favored Kubernetes, 9 per cent choose Mesos and 7 per cent opted for Docker Swarm. It also boasts one of the largest open source communities (more than 28,500+ stars on GitHub) and has contributions from many hundreds of organizations (1,447 contributors).

Indeed, lots of companies are already using Kubernetes in production including the likes of eBay, Monzo, SAP, and The New York Times to name just a few. Contino CTO and Co-founder Benjamin Wootton has written in more detail about some interesting use cases at places like GitHub, CloudBoost and Weaveworks here.

Benjamin commented: “We’re increasingly using Kubernetes as a major component of our enterprise engagements and with good reason. Besides it’s fantastic community support, it can be used in any cloud (private, hybrid, public, or even as a service) so it’s ideal for accelerating enterprise adoption because it can be run on-premises while the company builds out its cloud platforms”.

Marcus Maxwell, one of Contino’s Certified Kubernetes Administrators, commented on the project’s growth: “Kubernetes is one of the biggest success stories in the history of open source and is being taken on by more and more enterprises for mission-critical workloads. I'm excited to see the interest in Kubernetes; it produced some intense discussions at our last Contino Container Management Debate! I’m excited to see where the project goes from here..”

For those reading who are just embarking on their containerization journey, and assessing Kubernetes as a possible addition to the toolbox, make sure you read Marcus Maxwell’s 3 Things Every CTO Should Know About Kubernetes.

Matt Farmer, Contino CEO and Co-founder, commented on the relevance for prospects: “In order for Contino to continue our mission to accelerate enterprise innovation through the successful adoption of DevOps and cloud-native computing, recognition of Contino as a force in the ever-more-popular world of Kubernetes will be a huge help as we continue to support forward-looking companies looking to scale containers as part of their broader transformation journey.”

The announcement from Kubernetes comes shortly after Contino’s recent double AWS Competency pickup (achieving both DevOps and the Financial Services competencies). You can meet some of our K8s experts hanging out at the London Meetup or check out our partner page here.

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