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What is Kubernetes? How orchestration redefines the data center

April 25, 2019 / Scott Fulton

In a little over four years' time, the project born from Google's internal container management efforts has upended the best-laid plans of VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, and every other would-be king of the data center. So just what is it that changed everything? The purpose of Kubernetes is not immediately obvious to anyone whose concept of the purpose and function of a data center was established in the era when the operating system was the platform upon which all software depended. Kubernetes is the product of a massive, ongoing realignment of the software resources that collectively comprise a network application. That alignment is centered around a concept called the workload, which is a broad concept of a job performed by one or more applications, or one or more services, across a multitude of processors.