A new solution from Oracle allows organizations to deploy and scale containers through Kubernetes without managing the underlying hardware. The approach is also known as serverless Kubernetes.
Containers are gaining ground. Unlike virtual machines, containers can use a common operating system to make more efficient use of hardware. Kubernetes allows users to deploy and scale containers.
Container management in Kubernetes is performed through configuration files and commands. The process becomes more time-intensive as the Kubernetes environment grows. More and more cloud providers are developing methods to reduce the administrative burden. ‘Serverless Kubernetes’ is a promising example.
Serverless Kubernetes solutions allow organizations to deploy and scale containers without managing the underlying hardware. With the introduction of ‘Virtual Nodes‘, Oracle is making the method available to users of Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE).
Oracle OKE Virtual Nodes
Oracle OKE Virtual Nodes allow organizations to deploy containers in Kubernetes clusters managed and scaled by Oracle. Customers exclusively pay for consumption (pay-per-use). Oracle takes care of patching and updating the Kubernetes versions of clusters.
Oracle OKE Virtual Nodes is an alternative to Oracle OKE Managed Nodes, an existing option for Oracle OKE users. In the case of Managed Nodes, Oracle provides the cloud infrastructure for a cluster, while the customer remains responsible for configuring and managing the infrastructure.
In the case of Virtual Nodes, Oracle is responsible for configuring and managing the infrastructure. Customers specify where a container should run and how much capacity the container should use, after which Oracle performs the task.
The option is attractive for organizations that don’t want to worry about infrastructure management due to cost and complexity. In addition, organizations pay only for the capacity consumed instead of renting entire servers or instances, which means you can’t be charged for unused capacity.