CoreOS unveils Tectonic 1.8

CoreOS, maker of the Tectonic cloud-management pratform built on Kubernetes, announced Tectonic 1.8 will ship with the beta version of Open Cloud Services Catalog. In addition to circumnavigating cloud vendor lock-in, the catalog aims to enable companies to launch key infrastructure components.

Tectonic 1.8 follows in the foot trails of Kubernetes 1.8, which was released near the end of September with a focus on improving security and stability. Kubernetes 1.8 includes support for outbound traffic filtering from a pod using network policies, configuring automatic transport layer security (TLS) and certificate rotation for Kubelet.

Tectonic 1.8 comes with the latest version of Kubernetes, in addition to 2.0 of the open source Prometheus monitoring software and Vault, a cloud native secrets management tool. Using Tectonic 1.8, users can leverage the CoreOS Open Cloud Service Catalog beta to automate maintenance tasks such as patching and upgrading, disaster recovery and horizontally scaling containers across multiple clouds.

“Kubernetes is the clear leader in container orchestration, but its complexity can make it challenging to move into production,” said Jay Lyman, principal analyst, cloud management and containers, 451 Research. “CoreOS’s deep Kubernetes expertise and its continued focus on automating the operational tasks necessary for stable and secure Kubernetes deployments help CoreOS Tectonic meet the needs of enterprises seeking to accelerate and broaden their containerization efforts.”

The catalog also enables DevOps personnel to plug in external services into Kubernetes, while providing an alternative to cloud vendors’ proprietary services and APIs. Gartner reports that “by 2020, more than 50 percent of global enterprises will be running containerized applications in production, up from less than 20 percent today.” Tectonic 1.8 automatically updates the Docker container engine too, which is commonly used by developers to design the containers behind applications.

“Companies are relying on CoreOS to provide the enterprise-ready Kubernetes infrastructure they trust to run their applications in the cloud or hybrid environment of their choice,” said Rob Szumski, product manager, Tectonic. “This Tectonic release is significant because it gives infrastructure leaders and managers the ability to expose these unique and powerful enterprise services to their teams, with the benefits of automated operations without worry of being tied to any one cloud provider.”

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