Comcast, ricardo.ch, PingCAP, Prowise and the City of Montreal Attain New Heights with Kubernetes

By July 17, 2019 Blog

Kubernetes enabled Comcast, ricardo.ch, PingCAP, Prowise and The City of Montreal to scale without increasing their operations team, and improved their productivity by over 15%. They also considerably reduced their deployments with faster scaling. Kubernetes enables users to deploy multiple containers to multiple hosts, making it ideal for larger deployments and load balancing. Its flexibility allows enterprises to deliver applications consistently and easily no matter how complex their needs are. 

Comcast looked to Kubernetes in 2014 when launching its X1 Cloud DVR service, allowing millions of customers to download or stream content onto mobile and IP-connected devices. In the following years that one project expanded to a company-wide cloud native journey. “Kubernetes has helped to get our development teams more interested and invested in production environments that they work in. It’s bridged the gap between our lab and production environments and enabled us to get stuff deployed faster.” —David Arbuckle, Director, Infrastructure Software Engineering

Comcast has gone from deploying a new application stack a quarter to deploying 20+ environments in a week! Read the case study


The City of Montreal switched from its legacy systems to containerization and Kubernetes, drastically decreasing time to market from many months to a few weeks, and deployments from months to hours. “Getting a project running in Kubernetes is entirely dependent on how long you need to program the actual software. It’s no longer dependent on deployment. Deployment is so fast that it’s negligible.” —Marc Khouzam, Solutions Architect, City of Montréal. In the near future 60% of the city’s workloads should run on a Kubernetes platform—basically everything that they can get to work this way. Read the case study

PingCAP’s current productivity improvement from running on Kubernetes is about 15%, but as they gain more knowledge on debugging and diagnosis, they anticipate that productivity improvement should exceed 20%. “Having Kubernetes be part of the CNCF, as opposed to having only the backing of one individual company, was valuable in having confidence in the longevity of the technology,” says Xu. “Plus, with the governance process being so open, it’s not hard to find out what’s the latest developments in the technology and community, or figure out who to reach out to if we have problems or issues.” PingCAP’s Deployment time has gone from hours to minutes. Read the case study.

Ricardo.ch used Kubernetes to increase deployments from fewer than 10 per week to 30-60 per day. “One of the core moments was when a front-end developer asked me how to do a port forward from his laptop to a front-end application to debug, and I told him the command. And he was like, ‘Wow, that’s all I need to do?’ He was super excited and happy about it. That showed me that this power in the right hands can just accelerate development.” — Cedric Meury, Head of Platform Engineering, ricardo.ch. Read the case study

Prowise’s rapid growth brought the need for flexible scaling and faster deployment. To respond, they chose Kubernetes and are now experiencing rapid and smooth deployments. “Kubernetes allows us to really consider the best tools for a problem. Want to have a full-fledged analytics application developed by a third party that is just right for your use case? Run it. Dabbling in machine learning and AI algorithms but getting tired of waiting days for training to complete? It takes only seconds to scale it. Got a stubborn developer that wants to use a programming language no one has heard of? Let him, if it runs in a container, of course. And all of that while your operations team/DevOps get to sleep at night.” —Victor van den Bosch, Senior DevOps Engineer, Prowise. Deployment time went from 30 minutes of preparation plus 30 minutes deployment to a couple of seconds. Read the case study.

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