The technology team behind German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has spent the past seven years building its own fleet of 900 Kubernetes clusters to support hundreds of stand-alone development teams, giving the company a modern infrastructure platform that it says is scalable and easy to manage.

The automaker began working with Kubernetes to deploy applications in 2015 after Google opened the code for the container orchestration system in 2014. Since then, Mercedes-Benz Tech Innovation – the wholly owned technology-focused subsidiary of the well-known automaker – has developed the internal experience to support hundreds of application teams tailored to business units, with their own unique technological needs.

“We knew a shared one [Kubernetes] the cluster did not meet our needs, no distribution from suppliers met our requirements and we had experienced engineers, ”said Jens Erat, development engineer at Mercedes-Benz Tech Innovation during KubeCon Europe last month. “We have built 100% FOSS [free open source software] a platform built and developed by the same team of devops, without problems with licensing or support requests.

Today, Mercedes-Benz works with 900 local Kubernetes clusters in four global data centers using OpenStack, running version 1.23 from the end of 2021.

Although this may not be Kubernetes’ largest asset compared to cloud providers, only 10% of organizations use more than 50 clusters, according to Cloud Native Computing Foundation study for 2019. In addition, it is almost five times larger than the Kubernetes middle of the keynote speaker at KubeCon Europe CERN, which manages 210 clusters at the time of writing.

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