KubeCon + CloudNativeCon sponsor guest post from Peter Lauterbach, Cloud Platforms Product Management at Red Hat

As attendees of KubeCon know, containers are here to stay. In fact, “Gartner predicts that by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, which is a significant increase from fewer than 30% in 2019.”1 Delivering applications in a timely manner keeps us competitive and relevant to our customer base. To do so many have adopted a container framework to be more quick and efficient. Adapting to new technologies isn’t always easy. Some applications can require access to legacy technologies or massive time and energy to put into building new ones. How do we handle those applications that require access to virtual machines without complicating the management of both virtualization and container technologies? Enter KubeVirt.

The KubeVirt project reimagines virtual machines in a Kubernetes world. Virtual machines can be created or migrated from legacy frameworks to a Kubernetes-first management paradigm. Developers can use their existing Kubernetes toolset to natively manage VMs, or convert those workloads into containers. This gives organizations and the development teams supporting them the space to modernize applications on a realistic timeline that make sense for their business.

Sound interesting? Maybe a little too magical? Here are some ways to begin experimenting with virtual machines in Kubernetes.

Support legacy architecture, from a single control plane

The beauty of KubeVirt is the time it allows for development teams to redesign existing applications into cloud-native, containers-first deployments, instead of putting the burden on developers to rebuild everything on Kubernetes with impossible timelines. Management of VMs and containers is simplified through a single control plane in KubeVirt. Based on award winning KVM, KubeVirt delivers mature virtualization capabilities and performance with the immediate benefits of Kubernetes. 

Application modernization

When striving for a DevOps or Cloud-native application architecture there are three key considerations: business needs, technical requirements, and migration tactics.

Grow at your own pace

Getting started with VMs in Kubernetes is easy, (KubeVirt can be downloaded and deployed as an operator) but also simple and effective to grow into. If you’re ready to get serious about KubeVirt you can get started by either spinning up a new virtual machine or by migrating existing VMs to KubeVirt. Expanding a cluster is as simple as joining a node and is executed entirely through an operator. There’s no limit to the number of VMs supported and VMs carry the same data persistence that’s familiar in a traditional virtual machine environment. As you become more comfortable with the platform, scale up your VMs to enhance, and ultimately replace, your traditional virtualization.

KubeVirt is leveraged and deployed at scale by customers and community members around the world. OpenShift Virtualization is now a fully supported feature of the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.  OpenShift Virtualization is the first fully supported offering built on KubeVirt, eliminating silos between operations and development that often exist in traditional application stacks. See it for yourself here

To learn more about KubeVirt join the conversation in our forum, Slack (#virtualization in Kubernetes), Twitter, or join the KubeVirt community.

  1. Gartner, Assessing Kubernetes for Hybrid and Multi Cloud Application Portability,ished 3 June 2020