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Users speak on Kubernetes in business practice

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Article from ADMIN 71/2022
Users in corporate and government agencies that have successfully switched to Kubernetes share their positive experiences and the stumbling blocks to be avoided.

Some questions about Kubernetes can only be answered by looking at the experiences of those who have successfully walked the path to the container-based architecture, including: What can be achieved with Kubernetes and what might be illusion? What mistakes can be avoided when implementing the technology? How much time must be scheduled and what resources need to be considered? What changes besides the technical upheaval need to be addressed?

Agile Car Maker

The faster new ideas translate into tangible products, the better the prospect of business success. This concept is referred to as "time to market" – the shorter, the better. In the automotive industry, rapid application development and deployment guarantees a competitive edge. One technical prerequisite is established by containerization and cloud computing, which are asserting themselves in many places and are generally seen as drivers of IT innovation.

Porsche Informatik [1] has taken this path. The company provides IT services for Porsche Holding Salzburg and the Volkswagen Group. Millions of people in car dealerships, workshops, import operations, logistics companies, and the financial services industry, as well as Internet end users, use systems by Porsche Informatik. The organization delivers and manages 180 solutions in 32 countries across four continents. To this end, Porsche Informatik employs more than 800 specialists who develop and provide solutions for the ongoing digital transformation of the automotive industry.

These solutions involve business software for authorized dealers, after sales service, spare parts sales, and financial services. One concrete example is the Car Configurator, which lets prospective new car buyers put together their dream vehicle on the Internet in just a few steps. Both the images of the vehicle and the price computations

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