Platform9 has a truly unique delivery model for open source: software-as-a-service. While many organizations want to gain the benefit of OpenStack for private or hybrid clouds and Kubernetes for container orchestration, deploying both of these solutions can be tedious and error-prone.

Platform9 offers a more efficient, streamlined, and elegant way to roll-out and upgrade these environments through Kubernetes and OpenStack delivered as remotely-managed SaaS solutions. We use a team of experts who can remotely operate and upgrade Kubernetes and OpenStack, without sacrificing security or infrastructure management. Using Platform9’s Clarity UI, you can easily provision and monitor Kubernetes and OpenStack hosts, which reside in your datacenter or public cloud account.

Clarity vs. Horizon for OpenStack

While visiting OpenStack Summit last week, one of our booth visitors observed that the Platform9 Clarity UI was like “[OpenStack] Horizon on steroids,” and others made similar comments. We hope that you too can see the value of intuitive tabs, menu-driven options, and drop-downs, going beyond what’s natively available with OpenStack or Kubernetes. In Platform9’s Clarity UI, you see an aggregated view of resources for your OpenStack and Kubernetes deployments.

As you can see from the screenshot above, there are 2 servers in our OpenStack environment and 9 for Kubernetes, 1TB of available storage for OpenStack and 72GB for Kubernetes, and so on. For comparison, the OpenStack Horizon Dashboard for this deployment is shown below.

As you can see from this second screenshot, Horizon provides a limited view of instances, vCPUS, RAM, and other resources for OpenStack only. It doesn’t offer an aggregated view across your OpenStack and Kubernetes workloads, and doesn’t provide details on available hosts, available storage, networks, and regions.

Clarity for Kubernetes

In the following demo, we will go through four managed Kubernetes features that I thought were interesting. View the Dashboard and Infrastructure tabs, get an overview of pods and deployments, and learn to use the CLI for interacting with Kubernetes within the UI.

 

We hope you like Clarity. Please provide your thoughts below and check out our Clarity UI for yourself in our free sandbox today.

Akshai Parthasarathy

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