The number of applications being developed and deployed on Kubernetes platforms soon may accelerate as business users take advantage of a no-code platform from Vizru to create applications.
Lucas Roberts, chief solution architect for Vizru, says the platform has added support for Docker containers and Kubernetes, enabling both Vizru and its customers to employ microservices to isolate better the code created by developers from the backend services provided by the platform.
Most of the applications based on containers thus far have been created by professional developers. However, as the number of no-code and low-code platforms being made on Kubernetes increases, the rate at which containerized applications are being developed and deployed also will increase. The typical no-code platform relies solely on a visual interface through which applications are built by dragging and dropping applications, while a low-code platform makes it easier to build applications by automating various coding processes. Both approaches enable individuals with some coding or business expertise to participate more directly in the application development process.
In general, Roberts says organizations often don’t fully appreciate the sophistication of the applications that can be built using a no-code platform. The Vizru platform, for example, enables organizations to build and deploy autonomous decisioning systems that take advantage of bots, natural language processing, machine learning algorithms and data modeling to inject artificial intelligence (AI) into a business process, he says. That approach typically winds up with a more accurate AI model because the end users closest to the business process can be more involved in the application-building process. To foster the building of those applications, Vizru also plans to make available tools that guide end users through the development process, adds Roberts.
Vizru on Kubernetes comes in three flavors: an on-ramp edition that runs only on a public cloud, priced starting at $39.99 per user per month; a midsized edition for customers who prefer to install Vizru on a public cloud themselves, priced starting at $75,000 a year; and an enterprise edition that allows organizations to control distribution of and upgrades to the Vizru platform.
It’s too early to predict whether no-code platforms will supplant low-code platforms or whether both approaches will find favor with development teams that have varying skill levels. But as the rate of containerized applications being built accelerates, the number of Kubernetes clusters deployed in production environments will increase. In fact, as development tools make Kubernetes more accessible, the number of small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) that have embraced Kubernetes alongside traditional enterprise IT organizations also will increase.
Of course, professional developers sometimes look down on no-code platforms, preferring to write lines of code themselves. However, every application that gets built using a platform such as Vizru is one less application that already-overtaxed developers don’t have to write themselves.