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Interview with Slava Koltovich, CEO at Kublr

“Kublr speeds and eases Kubernetes adoption for the enterprise”

Gabriela Motroc
Kubernetes
Slava Koltovich

Kubernetes has a new ally: Kublr delivers an open, easy-to-use, enterprise-grade Kubernetes platform that’s not tied to a single cloud, PaaS, OS. We talked with Slava Koltovich, CEO at Kublr, about the company’s plans to disrupt the Kubernetes market, how they intend to help advance Kubernetes adoption and more.

“Kublr hopes to advance Kubernetes adoption”

JAXenter: What is Kublr and how does it plan to disrupt the Kubernetes market?

Slava Koltovich: Kublr is a Kubernetes platform with all needed components to run Kubernetes in production either pre-configured or easily configured out-of-the-box. Most other solutions still require a fair amount of configuration, which is quite complex, demanding a higher degree of in-house Kubernetes expertise. By pre-configuring and streamlining the process, Kublr speeds and eases Kubernetes adoption for the enterprise.

In comparison to the majority of other Kubernetes solutions that are mostly focused on applications management, Kublr is focused on Kubernetes’ operational complexity and provides IT with an easy-to-use platform that allows them to push containerized applications into production in a matter of days. In addition, Kublr’s open architecture is designed to be future compatible and not lock you in.

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JAXenter: Kublr is a contributor to the Kubernetes open source project. So is it helping Kubernetes or competing against it?

Slava Koltovich: It is helping Kubernetes. Kublr, the company, has contributed to the upstream project and will open more functionalities in the future. Part of the Kubernetes roadmap is related to the provisioning of clusters and we will contribute our code and knowledge in this area.

Kublr, the platform, builds on top of open sources Kubernetes and is a management and operations layer for multiple Kubernetes clusters. It does not modify or override core upstream Kubernetes components and functionality. Instead, it enables and streamlines Kubernetes adoption for organizations without deep in-house Kubernetes operations expertise, but who want to benefit from the agility and flexibility modern container orchestration provides.

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JAXenter: What is its biggest advantage? 

Slava Koltovich: Kublr provides users with streamlined provisioning and operations of upstream, production-ready Kubernetes clusters. Within 10-15 minutes, IT can set up and start a Kubernetes cluster in any cloud or environment including full stack monitoring, log collection, security, high availability, reliability etc., and then focus on application development.

JAXenter: How easy/hard is it to get the hang of Kublr?

Slava Koltovich: One of the great strengths of Kublr is the easy to use, intuitive control plane. IT can quickly configure and deploy Kubernetes clusters across multiple environments with built-in security, logging, and monitoring, backup and disaster recovery. Interested parties can download Kublr-in-a-Box and go through a quick start guide.

Kublr hopes to advance Kubernetes adoption by making it extremely simple and easy for companies and IT/operations teams to start using Kubernetes in production and mission-critical applications.

JAXenter: Many DevOps experts seem to believe that Kubernetes has already won the orchestration war. What is Kublr’s role in all this?

Slava Koltovich: Kublr hopes to advance Kubernetes adoption by making it extremely simple and easy for companies and IT/operations teams to start using Kubernetes in production and mission-critical applications.

JAXenter: Speaking of Kubernetes, what challenges should it address in 2018?

Slava Koltovich: The community has a robust roadmap for progressing alpha and beta features in each version. We anticipate there will be further discussion around what the limits of the Kubernetes core are, what defines a Kubernetes distribution, and what additional vendor provided functionalities would be considered compatible with the Kubernetes core.

We would be interested in seeing better heterogeneous environment support and enhanced support for different storage and networking options, specifically in high availability.

JAXenter: Containers and orchestration tools are all the rage right now. Will general interest in containers grow this year?

Slava Koltovich: Yes. We expect that in 2018, with the help of platforms like Kublr, containers will move from R&D projects to actual production environments.

Thank you!

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Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc is editor of JAXenter.com and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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