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Platform Engineering and FinOps Converge in Kubernetes Deployments

Platform Engineering and FinOps Converge in Kubernetes Deployments

Introduction

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the convergence of platform engineering and financial operations (FinOps) is driving significant changes in how enterprises deploy and manage Kubernetes (K8S) environments. This intersection is becoming increasingly critical as organizations seek to optimize their cloud-native infrastructure both operationally and financially. Platform engineering provides the tools and practices necessary for efficient infrastructure management, while FinOps introduces financial accountability, ensuring cloud spending is aligned with business value.

The need for such convergence has never been more apparent. As enterprises scale their Kubernetes deployments, the challenges of managing resources efficiently and optimizing costs become paramount. The traditional approach to provisioning compute resources often leads to over-provisioning, where the fear of underperformance results in excess capacity that inflates costs without delivering additional value. This scenario underscores the necessity for a strategic alignment between the technical aspects of platform engineering and the cost management principles of FinOps.

Solution Overview: Platform9’s Approach to Kubernetes Resource Optimization

Addressing the challenge of over-provisioning in Kubernetes deployments, Platform9 offers a solution that marries the platform engineering knowledge with the focus of FinOps. Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes service exemplifies this approach by automating the management of Kubernetes clusters, ensuring they are both operationally efficient and financially optimized.

Key features of Platform9 Managed Kubernetes include:

  • Automated Day-2 Operations: Platform9’s Always-On Assurance guarantees 99.9% SLA for Kubernetes clusters, automating monitoring, self-healing, and troubleshooting operations, thus reducing the operational burden and focusing on cost efficiency.
  • Instant Deployment: Users can deploy a Kubernetes cluster in less than 5 minutes across various environments, including on-premises servers, VMs, or public clouds, ensuring quick scalability while avoiding unnecessary resource allocation.
  • Cluster Management Offloading: By offloading every aspect of cluster management to Platform9, organizations can concentrate on their core business functions, knowing that their Kubernetes environments are being managed efficiently and cost-effectively.
  • GitOps Acceleration with ArgoCD: Leverage ArgoCD for seamless continuous delivery, allowing for rapid deployment of applications into any cluster, further enhancing operational efficiency and reducing waste.

Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes service is a testament to the company’s commitment to providing a solution that not only simplifies Kubernetes deployments but also aligns with the financial objectives of organizations, ensuring that every dollar spent on cloud infrastructure delivers maximum business value.

Enter in Elastic Machine Pool

Leveraging its expertise and managing Kubernetes efficiently, Platform9 is rolling out a new offering, Elastic Machine Pool. This SaaS offering runs in Amazon Web Services (AWS) to optimize the EKS compute engine memory utilization. Little known to many is that the average compute utilization for Kubernetes worker nodes is less than 30%, a throwback to pre-VMware days. The memory problem stems from developers over-provisioning to protect their application and a function called bin-packing. Platform9’s Elastic Machine Pool will streamline the use of memory in worker nodes with claimed zero pod disruption for a significant savings of up to 50%.

Looking Ahead

The future landscape of enterprise Kubernetes deployments is one where the principles of platform engineering and FinOps are deeply integrated. This integration is essential for fostering innovation within the platform engineering space, as financial considerations become as crucial as technical ones in the decision-making process.

As organizations continue to adopt Kubernetes at scale, the role of FinOps in driving cost-effective innovation becomes increasingly significant. By applying FinOps principles, businesses can make more informed decisions about their cloud infrastructure, ensuring that their investment directly contributes to their strategic objectives. In this context, solutions such as Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes are pivotal, as they provide the tools and capabilities necessary to achieve both operational excellence and financial efficiency.

In conclusion, the convergence of platform engineering and FinOps represents a new paradigm in managing enterprise Kubernetes deployments. It is a shift that acknowledges the importance of aligning technical capabilities with financial accountability, ensuring that organizations can not only scale their operations efficiently but do so in a way that maximizes their ROI. As this trend continues to evolve, it will undoubtedly shape the future of cloud infrastructure management, making solutions like Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes more relevant than ever.

Disclosure: The Futurum Group is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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Author Information

Camberley brings over 25 years of executive experience leading sales and marketing teams at Fortune 500 firms. Before joining The Futurum Group, she led the Evaluator Group, an information technology analyst firm as Managing Director.

Her career has spanned all elements of sales and marketing including a 360-degree view of addressing challenges and delivering solutions was achieved from crossing the boundary of sales and channel engagement with large enterprise vendors and her own 100-person IT services firm.

Camberley has provided Global 250 startups with go-to-market strategies, creating a new market category “MAID” as Vice President of Marketing at COPAN and led a worldwide marketing team including channels as a VP at VERITAS. At GE Access, a $2B distribution company, she served as VP of a new division and succeeded in growing the company from $14 to $500 million and built a successful 100-person IT services firm. Camberley began her career at IBM in sales and management.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from California State University – Long Beach and executive certificates from Wellesley and Wharton School of Business.

Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.

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