As hinted at in my previous post on Platform9 (Can Platform9 solve fundamental OpenStack challenges?), they have entered the Container-as-a-Service space today during #DockerCon.
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I talked about Platform9’s ability to enter new SaaS-realms easily: their core business is delivering difficult-to-implement/operate infrastructure software like OpenStack as a service, making it easy for customers to deploy in production.
Today, they’re coming out with a managed Kubernetes Container-as-a-Service platform with support for the Docker container runtime engine . Not only do they take care of the initial burden of architecting and deploying Kubernetes, they’ll also take responsibility of day-to-day operations (monitoring, alerting, patching and upgrades).

In true Platform9 style, they’ve made the service Enterprise-ready, by integrating RBAC, multi-tenancy, SSO, persistent storage, fine-grained network isolation and image management.

Features

A couple of features stand out:

  1. RBAC support with SSO and multi-tenancy. They don’t just support Active Directory and LDAP, but also Okta. This means the Access and Identity layer is well taken care of.
  2. Like with the OpenStack service, Platform9 supports enterprise storage (NetApp, PureStorage, EMC, Nimble) and various production-ready open source solutions (Ceph, Gluster)

Joep’s Take

I predicted that Platform9 would enter this market, making complex Container cluster orchestration solutions available to mid-market enterprises. I applaud this move to simplistic, operationally minimalistic solution, as this forces technology vendors to compete in this move to reduce complexity by altering their technology and in the end, offering simpler solutions to customers, regardless if it’s delivered as a SaaS solution or on-prem.

I’ll be researching the Kubernetes-as-a-Service solution in the next few weeks and report back!