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Announcing Tectonic 1.3 with new enterprise-grade tools and features for Kubernetes

Today we're excited to announce the release of version 1.3 of Tectonic, the infrastructure platform that enables enterprises to securely and reliably run containers with Kubernetes anywhere. Tectonic v1.3 incorporates several new features that address enterprise requirements for deploying application containers in production with Kubernetes.

As enterprises move to deploy secure, agile, scalable infrastructure, thousands of companies and developers have chosen to orchestrate and manage their containers with Kubernetes. As a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) maintainer of the Kubernetes project, CoreOS led efforts on a number of enterprise features in Kubernetes and in the Tectonic distribution that are available today in version 1.3, including:

  • Authorization framework: A Role-based Access Control (RBAC) authorization framework for managing user rights on a cluster, added in Kubernetes v1.3.

  • Enterprise authentication: Better LDAP support means enterprises can leverage their existing authentication infrastructure.

  • Improved scalability: A new version 3 of the etcd cluster configuration store for improved scalability and performance.

  • Streamlined easier installation: Graphical installation tool for bare metal environments (an alpha release) and a graphical installer for users on AWS.

  • Monitoring at the cluster level: Improve the manageability of Kubernetes in the enterprise with Prometheus cluster-native monitoring capabilities, as requested by customers and the community.

These features and other fixes and refinements are included in today's release of Tectonic, the leading enterprise Kubernetes distribution.

 

Tectonic Console graphically manages Kubernetes cluster objects and resources
Tectonic Console graphically manages Kubernetes cluster objects and resources

New Tectonic provisioning tool to easily create bare metal Tectonic clusters

One of the biggest challenges new Kubernetes users face is the series of complex steps that can make the orchestrator difficult to initially – and securely – install and configure for their own on-premises physical servers. Ideally, it should be as automated and easy to create a new Kubernetes cluster in your own datacenter as it is to spin one up on today's leading cloud providers.

Tectonic v1.3 includes an alpha version of a provisioning tool that simplifies the process of bootstrapping and launching Tectonic clusters. The provisioner creates Kubernetes clusters and Tectonic services based on local configuration info, gathered by a graphical installer. While not yet ready for prime time, the provisioner is eager for testing in your environment, and can spin up a Tectonic Enterprise cluster with all included services, including dex identity management and Prometheus monitoring and alerting, complete with TLS certificates and secure connections.

 

Gathering site configuration to automate Tectonic setup
Gathering site configuration to automate Tectonic setup

The provisioner runs on a cluster admin's laptop, displaying a familiar graphical "wizard" that asks a few questions about site configuration, then creates a Tectonic cluster from bare metal nodes, booted over the network using PXE. The provisioner is built atop the open-source CoreOS bootcfg, a service that renders configuration data to selected machines to assign roles and create clusters.

 

Tectonic provisioner spinning up a new cluster
Tectonic provisioner spinning up a new cluster

Identity and group management with LDAP directory integration

Tectonic v1.3 adds the ability to federate users and groups stored in the open source dex identity management system with an organization's existing LDAP or Active Directory systems. Operations teams can maintain centralized user management as they deploy new, scalable GIFEE compute resources.

 

Tectonic Identity integrates Kubernetes clusters with enterprise authentication
Tectonic Identity integrates Kubernetes clusters with enterprise authentication

Try Tectonic

Tectonic v1.3 brings enterprises closer to realizing all the benefits of GIFEE: production-grade container infrastructure for relentlessly running distributed applications. For all the details on Tectonic v1.3, check out the release notes. To get started with Tectonic today, try the evaluation Tectonic Starter or Tectonic Lab editions, or contact sales to learn more about production licensing, professional services, and integration options.

 

Easily scaling applications with Tectonic Console
Easily scaling applications with Tectonic Console

Kubernetes training with CoreOS

We're launching a Kubernetes training series on September 13th. These interactive workshop sessions are led by the team that builds the key components of the container ecosystem. We'll introduce the fundamental concepts and architecture of Kubernetes, then provide hands-on experience deploying and managing Kubernetes clusters. Sessions are scheduled for September and October in San Francisco and New York, and for November in Seattle. Check the Tectonic Training page for details.