March 31, 2021

Original press release published here

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – March 31, 2021 – Platform9, the leading SaaS Managed Kubernetes provider for private, edge, and hybrid clouds, today announced its latest version of the Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) product. The industry’s first SaaS Managed Kubernetes with IPv6 support for 5G deployments boasts several advanced networking technologies and support capabilities to optimize 5G service delivery, offers the ability to centrally connect and manage AWS EKS clusters, and unifies management of virtual machines and containers.

“Our latest product release addresses the specific challenges faced by DevOps and platform teams with distributed Kubernetes deployments in 5G infrastructure roll-outs, multi-cluster management in public clouds, and siloed management of VMs and containers,” said Madhura Maskasky, VP of Product at Platform9 systems. “We continue to deliver these new capabilities through our SaaS delivery model which removes operational burden by offloading the complex tasks of deployment, support, upgrades, monitoring, and troubleshooting across all clusters, no matter where they are deployed.”

For communications service providers (CSPs) and their ecosystem of network software providers, Platform9 now provides several advanced networking features designed to deliver near line-rate performance for network packets. Furthermore, the new release enables fully automated configuration and integration of host, physical, and virtual networks with Kubernetes clusters for deploying and managing cloud-native 5G RAN, IMS, Packet Core, Edge Virtual Network Functions, and Container Network Functions.

Featured advanced networking capabilities include:

IPv6 support for all native services and users’ Kubernetes clusters

API-driven automated IP address management (IPAM) out of the box

Multiple high-performance networking options: SR-IOV, DPDK, PCI-passthrough, MACvLan, and IPvLAN A fully-managed Kubernetes operator to automate the configuration of a host, its physical network, and all necessary Kubernetes components, without the need to access the host

Advanced pod scheduling and deterministic performance with CPU-pinning, NUMA-aware scheduling, HugePages, Topology Manager, and CPU manager

Additionally, Platform9 is making it easier for users to manage their existing Kubernetes clusters in public clouds. With this release, DevOps engineers and cloud operators can now connect and manage all of their existing AWS EKS clusters from Platform9’s central management console. This feature enables operators to:

Apply consistent governance policies to prevent “shadow” cluster creations and get visibility for security and cost management

Deploy pre-configured Prometheus and Grafana for Monitoring of EKS clusters

Leverage Platform9’s fully-managed Helm-service to deploy applications from public and private repositories

Platform9’s cloud-native vision allows users to install and manage the lifecycle of containers, virtual machines, and bare metal, in any location, under one unified management plane.

This new version includes early access to “Managed KubeVirt,” now available in the Freedom Tier as well. Managed KubeVirt enables users to manage VMs by Kubernetes alongside containers so they can overcome the operational silos that exist today, and standardize on Kubernetes as the control plane -- without having to worry about porting all of the existing and legacy applications to containers or managing two entirely separate stacks.

Availability

The Platform9 Release 5.1 is available now with support for Kubernetes version 1.19 for all freedom, growth, and enterprise users. New users can sign up for free at this link, and see all plans here.