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Cisco and AWS hop into bed for steamy hybrid Kubernetes action

Mixing up on-premises and cloudy containers

Networking giant Cisco has opened the corporate kimono to reveal tech that manages its on-premises Kubernetes environment and AWS's cloudy version in a single product.

The thinking goes that AWS has the lion's share of the market for containers, and Kubernetes and Cisco would dearly like a piece of the action with its on-premises platform. Therefore, by configuring Cisco's on-premises verion to be consistent with AWS' Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS), everyone will be a winner.

Cisco reckons that its hybrid tech will mean that users will then be able to focus on building and running applications without having to worry too much about where. With a hybrid option, customers can opt to put as much or as little as they like in Amazon's data centres while maintaining their own on-premises platform.

According to Cisco, the product will cut down on costs for ops, with a common set of tools for on-premises infrastructure and AWS. Oh, and of course Cisco will be very happy to sell you some Enterprise support for the whole thing. In between bouts of "Limited Restructuring".

Amazon is, of course, not the only game in town for the polyamourous network vendor. Cisco also hopped into bed with Google back in September with its Hybrid Cloud Platform for Google Cloud. Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) users can use the technology to, er, deploy their containers on-premises or in the cloud with minimal faff.

Users are spoiled for choice when it comes to hybrid or multi-cloud Kubernetes management tools. IBM unveiled its own "Multicloud Manager" technology in October, which, while ostensibly supporting Microsoft Azure and AWS, was very much "optimized on the IBM Cloud". It also aims to simplify life for developers and administrators by managing everything as though it was a single environment.

Cisco's hybrid container wrangler will arrive in December and you can expect prices to start at $65,000 per year for a software-only typical entry-level configuration. You will, of course, need the Cisco Container Platform to use the thing. ®

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