I’m excited to announce the new Kubernetes Managed Apps offering – an extension of our Managed Kubernetes solution – ushering the next phase of self-service for Kubernetes Platform Operations!
Things are getting complicated…
As we know, bare-bones Kubernetes by itself is not sufficient to enable a comprehensive cloud-native infrastructure that is enterprise-ready. DevOps teams must be able to easily deploy and manage the lifecycle of additional applications and tools for monitoring, tracing, logging, CI/CD pipelines, storage, databases, visualization, and more.
It is critical to not only enable easy deployment of these related services but also ensure seamless management of their day-2 operations – at scale. This is where things get (even more) complicated.
Kubernetes alone is already notoriously difficult to operate at scale. Now, in addition, teams have to learn every new integrated app from scratch (API’s, configuration using complex YAML and Helm charts, HA processes, persistent storage, backup plans, and more) – so they can manage these on an ongoing basis for mission-critical environments.
There has to be a better way.
Enter Kubernetes Managed Apps
With this new offering, you can now use Prometheus, EFK, MySQL, and other apps – delivered as a service, with 99.9% SLA on any infrastructure (on-prem, or in the public/hybrid cloud).
This enables DevOps teams to provide self-service consumption of these applications, simplify Day-2 operations, and ensure end-to-end SLA for both the Kubernetes infrastructure AND critical applications and tools.
Per customer demand, the first set of fully-managed applications to be offered are:
- Managed Prometheus: Platform9 Managed Prometheus provides Dev and Ops teams with easy deployment and configuration of the Prometheus stack and the Alert Manager as a multi-tenant service. The service is HA-ready, with all persistent storage, automatic backups and recovery handled automatically, with no need for Admin intervention.
- Managed EFK: The first introduced Fluentd would soon be followed by Elastic and Kibana for an integrated managed EFK service for logging and indexing.
- Managed MySQL: The popular relational database for stateful Kubernetes applications would be delivered using Percona’s MySQL offering.
Additional applications will be added on an ongoing basis in future releases.
A Powerful Enterprise-grade User Experience
Each managed app provides one-click deployment for developers while giving Operations teams the governance they require to manage security, access controls, and capacity across the entire organization.
- Self-service: Users will be able to choose from a variety of applications available in the Kubernetes Managed Apps Catalog.
- Batteries included: Applications deployed on Kubernetes typically requires integration with Prometheus for monitoring, EFK for logging, persistent storage for stateful deployments, etc. Managed Apps offering provides these core services as built-in capabilities, provided out of the box for each deployed managed application. This way, self-service users do not need to worry about installing and configuring these dependencies while deploying their specific app instance. In addition, monitoring and logging of each managed app is enhanced to incorporate system-level metrics around resource utilization of the app, with no involvement or configuration required from end users.
- Integrated, end-to-end SLA: This covers the lifecycle management of the managed application instances – including version compatibility and upgrades across all instances – as well as all the dependent components required to run the managed app. This includes 24/7 proactive monitoring around application uptime, auto-detection and correction of failures that the app instance might run into, security patching, performance guarantee, support by Platform9 Kubernetes Certified Engineers and Application experts, and more.
- Support for multi-tenant, multi-cluster or dedicated instances deployments: IT Ops can easily deploy and configure any managed application available in the catalog in a multi-tenant, multi-cluster fashion, or as dedicated instances per each cluster. For example, they can enable Prometheus monitoring on all clusters, with a click of a button. That way, as more applications are developed, they are enabled with monitoring out of the box, with no additional overhead.
- Full RBAC capability for individual namespaces or cluster-wide enables IT Ops to easily let developers access and self-service their own managed applications.
- Simple UI or Kubectl CLI: All managed applications can be deployed and administered either through a simple UI or with the native Kubectl CLI interface – instead of having to deal with separate, complex YAML or other configuration files/tools for each service.
- Operations teams benefit from centralized visibility, management, and governance across all Kubernetes services – such as monitoring, logging, storage, service mesh, and more.
Each new managed application introduced in the Managed Apps catalog will first be released in a “Beta” phase and will gradually progress to the “Fully-managed” level as it matures, and all supported capabilities graduate into production-readiness.
SLAs for the individual apps would be complementary to the SLA that Platform9 already provides for the Kubernetes infrastructure itself. Depending on the complexity of the managed application chosen, the SLA and fully-managed functionality may also cover additional capabilities–such as cross-geo disaster recovery for databases and advanced integrated services with other complementary managed applications offered, automatic backup/recover, auto-scaling, and more.
In many of these cases, Platform9 will partner directly with various organizations behind specific applications or Kubernetes Operators, to advance the development and ongoing support for its customers. The first of such collaboration is with Percona, around its MySQL offering – enabling automatic backups, DR, zero-touch upgrades, support, and more.
An Open Source Approach – The Easy Way!
Being an open platform, built on upstream open source technology, Platform9 is leveraging the capabilities in the Kubernetes community, including Kubernetes Operators. These are extended, for various managed applications, to allow organizations to benefit from a fully managed service and SLA, without having to deal with the overhead and complexity of managing multiple applications, operators, and their inter-dependencies for production deployments.
Kubernetes You Can Rely On!
The new Managed Apps offering enables enterprises to easily adopt both Kubernetes–and Kubernetes applications–at scale, with no management overhead for the underlying infrastructure stack or its related services and tools. It is designed to strategically tackle the Kubernetes complexity challenge by extending Platform9’s seamless management experience of Day-2 operations to the applications themselves, eliminating the need for DevOps teams to become experts in these related tools and services.
But, don’t just take my word for it!
From our customers:
“Managed Apps is a huge accelerator for an organization such as ours that standardizes on Kubernetes. Having a consistent user experience and seamless management across infrastructure and Kubernetes applications means our engineers don’t have to spend cycles to learn each new tool, API’s, Operators, integrations, etc. — and our Operations team doesn’t need to worry about how to operate these apps or troubleshoot how they work together. We can just consume these as managed services, and focus on delivering great software to our customers, faster,” said Ravi Ravichandran, Cloud Platform Engineering, Cloud Operations & DevOps at Juniper Networks.
From our Partners:
“Platform9 Managed Apps enables organizations to maximize the value of open source – for both Kubernetes and databases – by delivering them as an integrated managed service – with SLA, in one click,” said Peter Zaitsev, Co-Founder and CEO of Percona. “With Kubernetes Managed Apps, organizations can benefit from MySQL at scale, for Production use, delivering seamless operations and reduced complexity for both Dev and Ops.”
Learn more about our Managed Kubernetes solution
Contact us to discuss Managed Apps and your specific needs
Attend the demo webinar showcasing Managed Prometheus and other Managed Apps, on July 24, at 10am PT.