Kubernetes, also known as K8s, is an open-source container orchestration platform that automates the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It was originally developed by Google and is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Kubernetes provides a platform-agnostic framework for deploying and managing containers at scale, enabling organizations to run modern, cloud-native applications reliably and efficiently. Kubernetes abstracts away the underlying infrastructure, allowing developers to focus on writing code without worrying about the underlying infrastructure. It provides features such as automatic scaling, self-healing, service discovery, and rolling updates, making it ideal for deploying microservices-based architectures. Kubernetes can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments, and supports a wide range of container runtimes and storage systems. Kubernetes is used by companies of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, to build, deploy, and manage their containerized applications in production.