The Benefits for
No Cloud Lock-in
Don’t lock yourself into any cloud provider when using Kubernetes
Reduce lock-in to a particular solution and a particular vendor
Avoid security vulnerabilities and increase of Cloud costs
Prevent Cloud Lock-in
Government organizations should avoid becoming completely reliant on one cloud provider when adopting containerization. One way to outsource management for Kubernetes is to use one of the cloud provider’s Kubernetes services in conjunction with a variety of additional cloud provider native services. This is often faster than using vanilla Kubernetes and managing integrations and infrastructure in-house, but it also completely locks you into the cloud provider and often becomes very expensive.
This also takes away the flexibility to change cloud providers in the future while increasing the financial risks. With Otomi Container Platform, you don’t have to lock yourself into any cloud provider or risk rapidly increasing cloud service bills in order to get the fastest possible platform to deploy containerized applications.
Open software is important because it reduces lock-in to a particular solution and a particular vendor. This will result in more competition which lowers costs. It also means more flexibility which makes for higher-quality software, better suited to user needs. In the US and even the EU, governments are recommending using open-source software in their administrations.
The Core of Otomi Container Platform (the suite of integrated applications) is 100% open source. See the open-source documentation here. When government organizations choose to use Otomi Container Platform, there is no lock-in. Any vendor can support it. The open-source (Community Edition) also comes with the Otomi Console, but without the advanced self-service options. The advanced features are offered as a proprietary solution.
The trend towards cloud-native technology and workflows is fraught with both technical and security risks — but the risk of doing nothing is even greater than the risks on the journey. Here’s how Otomi Container Platform helps organizations mitigate risk as they adopt Kubernetes:
Security: Misconfigurations are the most common source of security vulnerabilities in cloud-native applications. The Otomi Container Platform’s opinionated approach to configurations ensures that security best practices are followed consistently even if the team doesn’t know what the best practices are.
Costs: Misconfigurations and application design problems can also cause cloud costs to increase dramatically and unexpectedly. Otomi Container Platform ensures resource usage is in line with internal policies and prevents cost overruns from misconfigurations.
Overcome The Skills Gap
Many government organizations start using Kubernetes without realizing that the complexity and skills required to become successful increase exponentially as the number of applications increase. Inevitably, engineers end up learning about Kubernetes as they work. This can lead to security incidents caused by misconfigurations, cost overruns from poorly designed applications, and downtime.
With Otomi Container Platform, as a government organization you will have guardrails in place so that even if you don’t know the best practices, you will be forced to follow them. There is no way to choose ‘wrong,’ even if this is your first time using Kubernetes.
Not only does this make Kubernetes adoption much faster, it dramatically reduces the impact of any skills gap on either speed or risk.