Why Skillshare runs on Kubernetes

Matias Forbord, Skillshare Writings, Jul 29, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A few days ago I ran a post filled with tech jargon about something called Kubernetes. This is the antedote to that post, a down-to-earth practical example of how this technology is running applications in the learning technology space. The site in question is Skillshare, a subscription-based online curse library. The numers are impressive: 2 million students, 17000 classes, $5 million paid to teachers. Kubernetes manages cloud hosting for the site, managing a swarm of Docker containers, where each container contains a part of the service: an interface, a database, an application logic. 

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