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Breaking free from cloud vendor lock-in with Kubernetes and Open Source

Since the first enterprise technology systems became available, they have promised greater freedom, efficiency and productivity, yet each successive generation demanded considerable capital expenditure for proprietary software that made the option of changing vendors prohibitive. Despite the unquestionable promise of cloud computing, the landscape is beginning to look familiarly restrictive. Today at CoreOS Fest, we are showing how CoreOS Tectonic is focused on breaking this cycle of restriction, all via open source technologies.

Unable to attend, but want to hear more first hand? Join us for the CoreOS Fest live stream starting at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time today.

CoreOS’s mission is to secure the internet. We believe that automated operations, similar to what cloud services offer, is the key to accomplishing this. However, enterprises often don’t realize that as they’re adopting services like Amazon DynamoDB, Google Cloud Platform BigQuery or Amazon Athena on top of their cloud computing provider, they’re being locked into a proprietary ecosystem. Kubernetes, the open source container orchestrator, along with the update philosophy we introduced with Container Linux, are breaking up these monolithic ecosystems, restoring the choices promised by the advent of cloud computing. We are making it possible for the first time to have the automated operations of the cloud along with the openness of open source tools.

Ending the restrictive enterprise software cycle with Open Source

Kubernetes provides a standard platform to manage applications across public and private clouds. From CoreOS Fest today in San Francisco, we are announcing how we are breaking the cycle of proprietary software with open source. Tectonic is built on the most recent version of upstream Kubernetes, and today we are adding open source cloud services. We’re providing automated operations that enable a cloud “as a service” operational model regardless of the underlying infrastructure, whether it’s bare metal, private IaaS, or public IaaS. You get the flexibility of the cloud for the lifecycle of your applications, without any of the lock-in to cloud vendor proprietary services.

As a proof point, consider research by analyst firm 451 Research that states:

“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.”

For more details, download the full 451 Research report, Hybrid cloud drives growing container production use and disruption Research Report.

The First Ever Open Source Cloud Services on Tectonic - etcd as a Service and Kubernetes as a Service

Today we’re announcing the first open source cloud service: etcd as a service powered by the etcd Operator. Now Tectonic provides upstream Kubernetes with built-in open source cloud services. The etcd Operator is now in beta and able to provision etcd for use by applications deployed on Tectonic. The etcd Operator replaces manual etcd upkeep with a program that handles etcd scaling, recovery, 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, the enterprise ready Kubernetes platform.

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Creating and viewing an etcd cluster in the Tectonic Console.

In addition, we also are announcing Kubernetes as a service, powered by the Tectonic operators. With Kubernetes as a service, you can update your cluster with no downtime, smart ordering and either in one click or fully automated.

The announcement of etcd as a service and Kubernetes as a service means that you can run the services on Kubernetes on any cloud computing provider. This allows enterprises greater freedom when choosing where to run services.

Announcing the Container Linux Operator - Enhancing Tectonic Automated Operations

Today we are also announcing the Container Linux Operator, which provides operating system patching integrated into Kubernetes. With the Container Linux and etcd Operators, Tectonic provides automated operations that expand to the node’s Container Linux operating system and its etcd services. Tectonic administrators can significantly increase effectiveness and security of their operations by automating updates to their Kubernetes cluster control plane, worker node operating systems, and etcd service instances.

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Container Linux details on a Tectonic node.

Automated operations are helping enterprises not only focus on top priorities and get to market faster, but also have built-in security features. It’s an important step in making sure your infrastructure is always up to date.

Tectonic Runs Upstream OSS

Tectonic runs the latest version of upstream Kubernetes. CoreOS Tectonic is the only enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform that runs the latest version of upstream Kubernetes. We believe in automatically delivering the latest release of Kubernetes to make sure you have the most up-to-date version of Kubernetes.

We are on a crusade to secure the internet. We’ll accomplish this by leveraging the best of open source technologies to make sure your infrastructure is always up-to-date and running the latest releases, while also giving you the freedom to move your services to the cloud of your choice. We look forward to building this future with you.

Today CoreOS is discussing this at CoreOS Fest and we encourage you to join us for the keynote live stream at coreos.com/fest on May 31 at 9:30 a.m. PT.

If you are unable to join us for the live stream live, sign up for the Tectonic 1.6.4 webinar on June 22 at 10 a.m. PT to learn more.