Kubernetes on Canonical Ubuntu, enterprise container portfolio expands

Canonical has launched a distribution of Kubernetes (with enterprise support) across a range of public clouds and private infrastructure, but why?

The rationale here is to give IT teams who want to move to so-called “hyper-elastic container operations” and use pure Kubernetes on Ubuntu.

NOTE: Kubernetes is essentially a tool used to manage Google-scale workloads in the cloud.

Dustin Kirkland leads Canonical’s platform products and has said that his firm’s focus is operational simplicity while delivering  security, elasticity and compatibility with the Kubernetes standard across all public and private infrastructure.

Apps running on Canonical’s distribution of Kubernetes run on Google Compute Platform, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and on-premises with OpenStack, VMware or bare metal provisioned by MAAS. Canonical will support deployments on private and public infrastructure equally.

The distribution adds  operational and support tooling but is otherwise a perfectly standard Kubernetes experience, tracking upstream releases closely. Rather than create its own PAAS, the company has chosen to offer a standard Kubernetes base as an open and extensible platform for innovation from a growing list of vendors.

“The ability to target the standard Kubernetes APIs with consistent behaviour across multiple clouds and private infrastructure makes this distribution ideal for corporate workgroups in a hybrid cloud environment,” said Kirkland.

Canonical’s  Kubernetes charms encode the best practices of cluster management, elastic scaling, and platform upgrades, independent of the underlying cloud.

“Developing the operational code together with the application code in the open source upstream Kubernetes repository enables devops to track fast-moving K8s requirements and collaborate to deliver enterprise-grade infrastructure automation”, said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical.

Canonical’s Kubernetes comes integrated with Prometheus for monitoring, Ceph for storage and a fully integrated Elastic stack including Kibana for analysis and visualisations.