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Roll your own Kubernetes deployment? Not so fast

At CoreOS, we recognized early on that Kubernetes would become the go-to technology for managing containerized infrastructure in production. The project's openness has allowed it to be embraced by a veritable who's-who of technology vendors, integrators, and consumers. In fact, Kubernetes is now one of the fastest-growing projects in the history of open source. Yet while it may be tempting to assume that getting up and running with Kubernetes is as simple as downloading the code and deploying a cluster, the truth is that going this route can be easier said than done.

Kubernetes clusters are complex, distributed systems that comprise many interconnected components. Deploying and maintaining plain-vanilla Kubernetes itself requires a fair amount of infrastructure know-how, and chances are you'll want more than this.

While it's certainly possible to deploy and manage a production Kubernetes cluster from scratch, it's always best to look before you leap. That's why we've prepared this guide to the potential pitfalls of DIY Kubernetes.


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The fact that companies large and small are embracing Kubernetes as their orchestration tool of choice should give you confidence. Armed with a little knowledge, however, you'll be better able to navigate your own Kubernetes journey smoothly. You can also tune in for a deeper dive in an on-demand webinar discussing the pitfalls.

The better alternative

CoreOS created our Tectonic Kubernetes platform to address these challenges and more. Tectonic is built from the ground up to be the easiest, most pain-free way to deploy enterprise-ready Kubernetes in your environment. It comes preconfigured with the security, management, and monitoring features enterprises require, right out of the box, so organizations can focus on delivering applications and workloads with maximum agility.

If you'd like to see for yourself why Tectonic is the better way to get up and running with Kubernetes, you can sign up for a license that lets you deploy a cluster of up to 10 nodes, free of charge. Or, if you'd just like to experiment with a working Tectonic cluster on your own laptop, the Tectonic Sandbox is a unique test and demo environment that's available for Linux, macOS, or Windows.