Kubernetes is an open-source system provided by Cloud Native Computing Foundation. It can be used to automate deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts. Kubernetes works with a range of container tools, including Docker. Its extensibility is provided in large part by the Kubernetes API, which is used by internal components as well as extensions and containers running on Kubernetes.

Parent CompanyCloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)
Cybersecurity ratingCMore
Kubernetes was founded in 2014

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Kubernetes Financials and Metrics

Summary Metrics

Founding Date


Total Funding

$9 m


In total, Kubernetes had raised $9 m. Kubernetes is a subsidiary of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)

Kubernetes Operating Metrics

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Containers Downloaded

1 m5.52 m9.25 m12.50 m16.92 m22.91 m29.10 m28.76 m29.09 m34.96 m42.44 m42.68 m58.43 m67.40 m84.32 m71.24 m78.40 m73.88 m57.80 m63.25 m97.54 m88.34 m101.23 m144.22 m161.15 m135.12 m90.16 m88.40 m91.07 m118.44 m114.63 m134.53 m

Training Partners (Kubernetes)

18 33

Certified Partners (Kubernetes)

44 76 61

Certified Service Providers (Kubernetes)

28 109
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Kubernetes Cybersecurity Score

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Kubernetes Online and Social Media Presence

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Kubernetes News and Updates

Newly detected malware targets Kubernetes clusters for cryptocurrency mining

A newly detected form of malware has been detected in the wild targeting Kubernetes clusters for cryptocurrency mining. Detailed by security researchers at Palo Alto Networks Inc.’s Unit 42, the malware, dubbed “Hildegard” was first detected in January and is believed to have been designed by the T…

Rapid7 Acquires Leading Kubernetes Security Provider, Alcide

Acquisition will strengthen Rapid7’s cloud security offering, providing customers with a more holistic, unified experience for managing the challenges of cloud-native application security Acquisition will strengthen Rapid7’s cloud security offering, providing customers with a more holistic, unified …

Rapid7 acquires Kubernetes security startup Alcide for $50M

Rapid7, the Boston-based security operations company, has been making moves into the cloud recently and this morning it announced that it has acquired Kubernetes security startup Alcide for $50 million. As the world shifts to cloud native using Kubernetes to manage containerized workloads, it’s tric…

Scaling Kubernetes to 7,500 Nodes


Fairwinds Experiences Significant Customer Growth in 2020; Commitment to Kubernetes and Rapid Adoption in Open Source Community Fuel 2021 Plans

Company also launched two major releases of its configuration validation SaaS offering
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Kubernetes Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Kubernetes founded?

    Kubernetes was founded in 2014.

  • Who are Kubernetes competitors?

    Competitors of Kubernetes include Red Hat OpenShift, Sonatype and Tlon.