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Platform9’s new managed Kubernetes service on VMware

05 Feb 2019

Platform9, a provider of SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, has launched a fully managed Kubernetes service on VMware vSphere with Platform9 Managed Kubernetes.

Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) allows enterprises to be up and running in less than an hour with Kubernetes on VMware that is both simple to use and production-ready. 

PMK eliminates the operational complexity of Kubernetes at scale by delivering it as a fully managed service, with all enterprise-grade capabilities included out of the box: zero-touch upgrades, multi-cluster operations, high availability, monitoring, and more, all handled automatically and backed by a 24/7 and 365 SLA.

PMK enables enterprises to modernise their VMware environments to take advantage of Kubernetes in a way that does not require any management overhead for the customer, any hardware or configuration changes, or the need for advanced Kubernetes expertise in-house.

IT Operations and VMware administrators can now enable their developers with simple, self-service provisioning and automated management experience to deploy multiple Kubernetes clusters with a click of a button that is operated under the strictest SLAs.

Platform9 Managed Kubernetes is infrastructure agnostic, allowing organisations to run Kubernetes anywhere. It delivers centralised visibility and management across all Kubernetes environments - whether on-premises, in the public cloud, or at the Edge - with quota management and role-based access control. 

This enables organisations to eliminate shadow IT and VM/Container sprawl, ensure compliance, improve utilisation and reduce costs across all infrastructure.

By delivering 100% upstream open source Kubernetes on VMware with no code forks, enterprises also benefit from the innovation of the open source community and all the Kubernetes-related services and applications, while avoiding cloud lock-in and ensuring portability across environments.

“Kubernetes is the #1 enabler for cloud-native applications and is critical to the competitive advantage for software-driven organisations today,” says Platform9 co-founder and CEO Sirish Raghuram.

“VMware was never designed to run containerised workloads, and integrated offerings in the market today are extremely clunky, hard to implement and even harder to manage. We’re proud to take the pain out of Kubernetes on VMware, delivering a pure open source-based, Kubernetes-as-a-Service solution that is fully managed, just works out of the box, and with an SLA guarantee in your own environment.”

Platform9 Managed Kubernetes is part of the company’s hybrid cloud solution, which enables organisations to centrally manage VMs, containers and serverless functions on any environment, with a single pane of glass. 

This provides enterprises with a way to support Kubernetes at scale alongside their legacy applications, traditional VMs, and serverless functions, for streamlined operations and improved efficiency across all environments and technology stacks.

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