Platform9 today announced expanded support for on-premises deployments of its Managed Kubernetes service. This makes it easier for customers to launch the popular container orchestration software on infrastructure that’s managed using VMware vSphere, Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV), and bare metal servers.
The support comes in addition to Platform9’s existing Kubernetes compatibility with cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, as well as on-premises support for several flavors of enterprise Linux. The company’s service provides businesses with a single control plane that they can use to manage deployments of the container orchestration software across multiple environments.
This is important as businesses seek to diversify their technical holdings and avoid being locked into specific platforms. While each cloud provider has its own service for providing a managed container orchestration system, these don’t scale to other environments, which makes it difficult for businesses working in a hybrid cloud configuration to maintain a consistent experience.
Today’s announcement is yet another indication of the power of Kubernetes, a piece of open source software that originated at Google and is designed to minimize the complexity of running containerized applications. Containers provide an isolated, portable execution environment that developers can use to more easily develop scalable software that can migrate from local execution to running on a server. But building applications that use multiple containers requires additional management.
Platform9’s service is supposed to take some of the complexity out of running that system so that businesses can focus on building applications. And because the company’s service works across clouds, businesses that build for it can more easily migrate workloads from provider to provider.
While enterprises are generally trying to avoid lock-in, it’s hard to say yet the extent to which that skittishness will translate into actual migrations. It can be difficult and costly to move data between different environments, which could mitigate the extent to which businesses want to move their workloads around.
Investors are betting on the company’s hybrid cloud management prowess — earlier this year, Platform9 raised a $22 million round of funding.