Platform9 Announces Fully Managed Kubernetes Service on VMware vSphere

Hybrid cloud solution provider Platform9 has announced its fully managed Kubernetes service on VMware vSphere, Platform9 Managed Kubernetes. This managed Kubernetes service would work out-of-the-box on VMware and comes with a 24x7x365 SLA guarantee.

As a fully managed Kubernetes service that works on existing infrastructure, Platform9 Managed Kubernetes would enable enterprises to “easily” modernize their VMware environments and take advantage of Kubernetes in a way that does not require any management overhead, any hardware or configuration changes, or the need for advanced Kubernetes expertise in-house.

Platform9 Managed Kubernetes is infrastructure agnostic, allowing organizations to run Kubernetes instantly, anywhere. It would deliver centralized visibility and management across all Kubernetes environments – whether on-premises, in the public cloud, or at the edge – with quota management and role-based access control. This would enable organizations to eliminate shadow IT and VM/Container sprawl, ensure compliance, improve utilization and reduce costs across all infrastructure.

By delivering 100 percent upstream open source Kubernetes on VMware with no code forks, enterprises would also benefit from the innovation of the open source community and all the Kubernetes-related services and applications, while avoiding cloud lock-in and ensuring portability across environments.

Hybrid Cloud Solution

“Kubernetes is the #1 enabler for cloud-native applications and is critical to the realization of competitive advantage for software-driven organizations today,” said Sirish Raghuram, co-founder and CEO of Platform9. “VMware was never designed to run containerized workloads, and integrated offerings in the market today are extremely clunky, hard to implement and even harder to manage. We’re proud to take the pain out of Kubernetes on VMware, delivering a pure open source-based, Kubernetes-as-a-Service solution that is fully managed, just works out of the box, and with an SLA guarantee in your own environment.”

Platform9 Managed Kubernetes is part of the company’s hybrid cloud solution, which enables organizations to centrally manage VMs, containers and serverless functions on any environment, with a single pane of glass. This would provide enterprises a way to “easily” support Kubernetes at scale alongside their legacy applications, traditional VMs, and serverless functions, for streamlined operations and improved efficiency across all environments and technology stacks.