Mind the K8 skills gap

Kubernetes adoption may be on the rise locally, but making the change is complex and needs to be managed carefully.

01 February 2024

Michael Langeveld, HPE.

The primary responsibilities of an orchestra’s conductor include setting the tempo, shaping the sound of the ensemble and interpreting the music. They’re in charge of telling the musicians when to start and how fast to go, they rehearse with the orchestra to ensure that each component works well together and act as an artistic leader, making interpretive decisions around how a piece of music should be played to create a memorable experience for the audience.

Kubernetes (K8) acts a lot like a conductor, says Bruce Busansky, application platform specialist at Red Hat Sub-Saharan Africa. And the containers, he adds, are all the musicians. “If you have one without the other, things don’t work as well. A conductor without an orchestra is pretty useless and if we have an orchestra with no conductor, we’re probably not going to hear very beautiful music.” In much the same way, when containers and Kubernetes are brought together, we have a new and modern way of thinking about building, deploying and running business applications, he says.

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