The upcoming Tectonic 1.6.4 will allow enterprises to deploy and manage the latest version of upstream Kubernetes across bare metal, public-, private-, and hybrid-cloud environments. The container company says this gives enterprises the flexibility of running their applications on the cloud, without cloud vendor lock-in.
“With Kubernetes-as-a-service, you can update your cluster with no downtime, smart ordering, and either in one click or fully automated,” wrote CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi in a blog post.
The updated platform uses all open source technologies.
Tectonic was initially launched to support Amazon Web Services (AWS) in bare metal environments, but recently added support for Microsoft Azure and OpenStack. Concur and Ticketmaster are among CoreOS’ customers that use the software.
The updated version of CoreOS’ Kubernetes technology also includes etcd-as-a-service. Created by CoreOS, etcd is the open source distributed key value store used by Kubernetes. It allows enterprises to store data across a cluster of machines.
The etcd Operator, in beta availability, powers etcd-as-a-service. It replaces manual etcd upkeep with a program that handles etcd scaling, failure, and version updates to maintain its desired state automatically.
“While this is the first open source database as a service, we imagine this as the first of an ecosystem of open source cloud services on top of Tectonic,” Polvi wrote.
Additionally, the Container Linux Operator is now default in this release. The Container Linux Operator automates operating system updates and is Kubernetes native.
With the Container Linux and etcd Operators, Tectonic provides automated operations that expands to the Kubernetes node’s Container Linux operating system, as well as etcd services.
Hosted vs. On-Premises
CoreOS announced the software update today at CoreOS Fest in San Francisco. Also today the company and 451 Research published a study that found a growing number of enterprises are adopting containers to increase efficiency in hybrid cloud environments.
The study surveyed more than 200 enterprise IT decision-makers from mostly large enterprises across a variety of verticals in the U.S. It found that 57 percent of organizations prefer a combination of both hosted containers-as-a-service (CaaS) and on-premises CaaS, with a fairly even split among those opting for one or the other, to help manage applications across hybrid IT and hybrid cloud environments.
Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of respondents indicated they are using Kubernetes, with top benefits of the software identified as freeing up resources to focus priorities, hybrid-cloud/cross-cloud support, the ability to bring your own compute, and avoiding vendor lock-in.
More than half of organizations (52 percent) indicated they are running container management and orchestration software in production today. This is a huge increase from the 10 percent using a container orchestration tool in 451 Research’s 2015 study.