Containership 3.7: Empowering our users with Multicloud Kubernetes

With our most recent update, we have released some of our most exciting features to date, including pre-emptive autoscaling, multicluster resource management, a renewed partnership with Packet, and an important security update.


Multicloud Autoscaling with the Containership Kubernetes Engine

At Containership, we are focused on providing users with the essential tools to make the transition to multicloud seamless. We are constantly working with our customers to understand the biggest pain points they face with their infrastructure. When speaking with our customers, the recurring topic of conversation always involves autoscaling. Today we are proud to announce Cerebral, our fully open-source, cloud agnostic cluster autoscaler.

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Now you may be thinking, why don’t we just use the Kubernetes cluster autoscaler project? The cluster autoscaler is not a live usage based autoscaler, it only looks at request allocation limits that are built into Kubernetes. We believe usage based autoscaling is a much more flexible approach. It allows you to take advantage of more use cases such as pre-emptive autoscaling, where as with traditional allocation based, this is challenging.

Cerebral is fully open source and integrated seamlessly into Containership Cloud. You don’t have to worry about configuring YAML or any complex setup, just enable features and you're on your way.

Understanding your Kubernetes Cluster with Table View

Kubernetes is made up of many different components and resources. Visualizing and searching through everything on your cluster can be a challenge, so we wanted to find a way to make it easier for our users. We went back to the drawing board to find a way to filter and sort through the chaos. The solution is our table view UI enhancement. We believe we found a happy middle ground that still expresses the power and complexity of Kubernetes, while allowing you to easily filter and navigate through all your resources.


Bare metal Kubernetes on Packet

One of our favorite providers has finally re-joined our supported providers list. Packet provides high performance, on-demand, bare metal servers leaving the need to worry about noisy neighbors behind. We are thrilled to announce full support of Packet with the Containership Kubernetes Engine. The best part is, it works just the same as the rest of our supported providers; just another step in giving our customers the ultimate freedom of choice when it comes to choosing where they run their services.

Ensuring end users clusters are secure

Kubernetes recently announced a high-profile CVE and patches for some of the latest minor release (1.10.x, 1.11.x, 1.12.x, 1.13.x) lines. Security is extremely important to us here at Containership, so we’ve ensured all new launches through the Containership engine will only enable patched versions of each release line. We also have support for one-click cluster upgrades if you have previously created a cluster on an affected Kubernetes version. Click here to learn more about this.

What's Next

We hope you are as excited as we are about this release, we will be following up shortly with posts that deep-dive into each one of these features. In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback we would love to hear from you!

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