Kubernetes claque bursts into SPONTANEOUS APPLAUSE for v1.0

Google-inna-box orchestration tool hits general availability


There's tumultous applause for the Kubernetes open-sauce app container system today - though it should be borne in mind that much of this is from those who've put substantial investments in time and/or money towards developing it.

Version 1.0 of Kubernetes will be formally unveiled at OSCON in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, and the Kubernetes community has an all-day launch event planned, with content planned both onsite and online.

The previous release of the project, version 0.21.4, shipped last week.

The most significant feature of the 1.0 release is API stability, meaning developers can build on top of the core Kubernetes tools without worrying about upcoming releases pulling the rug out from under their work.

Although it was initially created by Google as an open source version of some of the tools the online ad-slinger uses to manage its own infrastructure, Kubernetes has since grown into a thriving and rapidly moving community project.

Among the sponsors of the OSCON launch event, besides Google, are Bitnami, CloudBees, CoreOS, Hitachi, Kismatic, Mesosphere, Mirantis, OpenStack, Redapt, and Red Hat.

Tectonic: Ready to rumble

CoreOS also had its own announcement to make, timed to coincide with the Kubernetes 1.0 launch. The micro-Linux vendor has kicked off the public preview program of Tectonic, its integrated enterprise Kubernetes stack.

CoreOS first announced Tectonic in April with a private beta program with a few select customers. Beginning on Tuesday, the tools are available for anyone who wants to sign up for a support contract during the preview period.

The offering includes all of the components needed to run a Google-style infrastructure stack, including Kubernetes, Docker, etcd, the CoreOS Linux distro, and so on, all pre-integrated with easy installers and updating tools and a proprietary control panel to help manage it all.

For now, Tectonic is still considered a preview – even though CoreOS is offering paid 24/7 support – because so many of its individual components remain rapidly moving targets.

"You need a version of Linux, you need a version of all the networking stuff, you need a version of etcd, you need a version of the container manager (either Docker or rkt)," CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi told El Reg in a phone briefing. "You have to piece all these things together, and Kubernetes of course, and then wire it all up in a way that works. So we've figured it all out, we've got a stack for you, and we're going to continue to iterate and refine on the stack itself."

Pricing for Tectonic during the preview period is $1,500/month, irrespective of the number of servers or containers. Once the platform reaches general availability, Polvi said, the base pricing will be on a usage-based model, with prepaid models available for heavier-volume customers.

Preview program customers can either choose to install the software in their own data centers, or a bootstrap cloud hosted version is available on Amazon Web Services.

All about the Kubernetes train

CoreOS says it has also partnered with Google and Intel to offer training on Kubernetes, CoreOS, and Tectonic. Workshops will be offered in select cities worldwide beginning this fall and for a limited time will be available for the cost of materials.

Finally, the inaugural Tectonic Summit, a business-focused, invitation-only event designed to present use cases for Kubernetes and related technologies, is scheduled to take place in New York City on December 2-3. ®

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