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The commercial Kubernetes platform

CoreOS stack + Kubernetes = Tectonic

Natali Vlatko
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Linux container darlings CoreOS have announced Tectonic: an enterprise-ready platform for running Linux containers in a distributed environment. It combines Kubernetes and the CoreOS stack in a commercial distro and is now in beta.

CoreOS has announced the release of Tectonic, a commercial Kubernetes platform. It combines the CoreOS portfolio with the Kubernetes project for cloud or on-premise environments to run more efficiently.

CEO of CoreOS Alex Polvi made the announcement recently, with Tectonic coming out of a need for companies that want a preassembled and enterprise-ready distribution of open source tools to run containers at scale.

In order to provide “Google’s infrastructure for everyone else”, Tectonic combines Kubernetes and the CoreOS stack to deliver a Google-style infrastructure via a pre-packaged build, featuring all the components needed.

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Commercial features are also included, such as a management console, an integrated registry to build and share Linux containers, as well as additional tools for automated deployment and updates. It’s these features, together with the open source technology, that has compelled CoreOS to market the product under a different brand altogether.

Polvi assures users of their open source tech that the announcement changes nothing in terms of CoreOS Linux and other open source projects like rkt, etcd, fleet and flannel:

Development will continue, and we want to see all of the open source projects continue to thrive as independent components. CoreOS Linux will remain the same carefully maintained, open source, and container-focused OS it has always been. Tectonic uses many of these projects internally – including rkt, etcd, flannel, and fleet – and runs on top of the same CoreOS Linux operating system as any other application would.

The Tectonic news also won’t affect existing customers of Enterprise Registry, Managed Linux, or Quay.io. Support, bugfixes and additional features will still be added to those already using these services and products. The same goes for anyone using applications on top of CoreOS Linux: “Tectonic is simply another container-delivered application that runs on top of CoreOS Linux”.

For those interested in the project, beta signup can be accessed here.

Cash injection slips in

On top of the Tectonic announcement, CoreOS have also secured funding from Google Ventures, in order to bring the Kubernetes platform to market. The investment will help the team behind the platform to “secure the backend of the Internet and deliver Google-like infrastructure to everyone else”.

Google’s interest in CoreOS is pretty clear: with Kubernetes supported by Google’s own Cloud Platform, and the technology now bundled together in Tectonic, customers are likely to be attracted to the Google Cloud Platform to continue running their application at high scale.

Author
Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for JAXenter.com (S&S Media Group).

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