Hitachi Vantara musters Kubernetes cluster fluster buster

You might still have a Hitachi television at home or perhaps even a briefcase-style retro radio from the 1980s… but these days the company wants to be thought of in broader terms.

The company’s data division (formed from various previous corporate entities of its own) Hitachi Vantara describes itself as a digital infrastructure subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. 

Now pushing for all things cloud, a new Hitachi Kubernetes Service has arrived as an enterprise-grade Kubernetes cluster management solution to manage multiple Kubernetes environments. 

How do you manage a Kubernetes cluster?

Good question – managing a Kubernetes cluster actually breaks down to actions focused on functions to deploy, monitor and govern Kubernetes clusters across major cloud providers and on premises.

A key part of that monitoring is being able to provide a cloud computing environment that works not only securely (that part should be implicit, after all), but also one that runs with the highest degrees of consistency.

Why is Kubernetes cluster performance consistency so important?

Again, good question, we’re glad you asked… it’s to provide a stable enough compute and data services layer for developers to deploy workloads on their platform of choice and eliminate vendor lock-in.

The containerisation of applications enables them to be deployed and run easily across different computing environments, providing substantial infrastructure cost savings. 

Kubernetes is of course the emerging standard for creating, managing and orchestrating containers.

So how does Hitachi’s Kubernetes cluster fluster buster work?

Hitachi Kubernetes Service (HKS) helps by managing the underlying infrastructure and Kubernetes cluster deployments. 

According to Bobby Soni, president, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara, “Hitachi Kubernetes Service allows customers to harness the power of open source innovation with fully upstream clusters and the simplicity of automated day 2 operations including seamless 1-click cluster upgrades. HKS also offers a unified self-service catalogue providing support for both Helm and Operator based application environments. This enables customers to quickly and simply deploy curated applications across a hybrid Kubernetes landscape.” 

In terms of key features, Hitachi Kubernetes Service (HKS) provides a centralised, single pane-of-glass view for disparate Kubernetes environments whether on premise or in the public cloud. Users can spin up Kubernetes clusters across hybrid cloud environment in minutes and deploy applications with the integrated and unified Helm and Operator based catalogue.

We can also say that this is a single tool to manage Kubernetes cluster’s lifecycle, regardless of operating environment — with centralized activity logging and monitoring centrally across clusters. 

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