How can you (a company, we mean) be an open source as-a-Service company? That’s how Platform9 describes itself.
In truth (and for some clarity) the firm is in fact a SaaS managed hybrid cloud firm with a keen focus on open source, so perhaps some re-direction is needed in terms of how the technology proposition is being made here.
The company actually specialises in self-service provisioning, orchestration, access to open APIs, and an ability to integrate with major automation frameworks.
Platform9’s private cloud solution has been described as “programmatic DevOps” to help accelerate build, test, release cycles.
Platform9 (yes, we know, it’s almost impossible to even read the name without thinking “Plan 9 From Outer Space” in your head) has this month rolled out its Managed Kubernetes service… said to be an infrastructure-agnostic managed form of SaaS.
Managed Kubernetes is deployed and managed entirely as a SaaS solution, across on-premises and public cloud infrastructure.
Kubernetes has emerged as the standard for container orchestration and microservices, but projects are often hampered by the prohibitively steep learning curve required to effectively use it and the technical complexity needed to fully integrate and manage production Kubernetes environments.
The company also introduced Fission, an open source, serverless framework built on Kubernetes.
Drastically simplified operational model
The key sell here is that these offerings feature what is billed as a drastically simplified operational and consumption model that eliminates the steep learning curve currently associated with Kubernetes.
“SaaS-managed delivery makes Kubernetes accessible to a much larger audience at a time when many development teams are committing to microservices as their cloud-native development paradigm,” said Sirish Raghuram, chief executive officer at Platform9.
“We have built our reputation on our OpenStack-as-a-service offering, which remains a core focus. While enterprises will be running virtualised workloads on OpenStack for years to come, though, there’s growing demand for platforms that offer a choice of virtualisation, microservices or both. Microservices in particular require a more intuitive, managed approach that reduces time-to-value for Kubernetes projects and work on any choice of infrastructure: on-premises, in the cloud or across multiple clouds,” added Raghuram.
Platform9’s Managed Kubernetes may indeed work for DevOps and IT teams, its allowe integration across any combination of cloud platform (or on-premises infrastructure) without re-engineering any single line of code — or worrying about backend configuration and maintenance.