Kontena seeks to do for Kubernetes what Ubuntu did for Linux by offering the Kubernetes community what it says are easy-to-deploy and use features.

Recently, our CEO, Miska Kaipiainen was interviewed about Kontena Pharos 1.0 by B. Cameron Gain for the Container Journal. Following are some highlights.

Gain asserts that "Most organizations, whether they want to test Kubernetes or scale existing clusters for major deployments, seek a distribution that offers high-powered features and is easy to install and use."

At Kontena, we feel that our recently launched production version of Kontena Pharos 1.0 meets both these demands as a unique Kubernetes alternative among the burgeoning number of other available distributions.

While Kontena Pharos 1.0 has achieved Certified Kubernetes status by the Clound Native Computing Foundation, what sets Kontena Pharos apart from other Certified Kubernetes vendors is its high-powered add-ons and secure features that are simple to install and use, such as its automated load balancer. This ensures enterprises are not restricted to a single vendor’s add-ons and features on top of the Kubernetes deployment.

“Being an easy-to-use solution does not have to contradict with full-scale deployments,” says Miska Kaipiainen, CEO and founder of Kontena. “We have put a lot of effort in to trying to make Kubernetes more accessible so that it is easy and fun to install and use.”

Cluster Friendly

One of Kontena Pharos' key selling points is its management tool that can be used to deploy and manage the life cycle of clusters, including the ability to upgrade an existing cluster to a new version. “This is super important—container technology is still very young and there are all sorts of issues fixed each day. New security-related issues are also discovered almost every day,” Kaipiainen says. “Having a cluster that may be easily upgraded to a newer version is very important if you want to run a cluster that is secure.”

The Spirit of Open Source

Kontena Pharos is open source software, free to download and install. With the help of the open source community’s input, we at Kontena, will continue to develop the platform using Apache 2 to accommodate new features, such as improved volumes for persistent storage or serverless applications. “Serverless is a very interesting area and is developing very fast,” Kaipiainen says. “We can expect the ecosystem around Kubernetes to provide quality frameworks within the next few years.”

This article was originally published on May 18th, 2018 in the Container Journal by B. Cameron Gain. Parts of it have been reproduced here with the author's permission.

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