March 19, 2017 By jason-mcalpin 2 min read

Kubernetes now available on IBM Cloud Container Service

On May 23, 2017, IBM released the go-live version of Kubernetes support in the IBM Cloud Container Service. The IBM Cloud Container Service now combines Docker and Kubernetes to deliver powerful tools, an intuitive user experience, and built-in security–with network isolation–to enable rapid delivery of applications all while leveraging Cloud Services including cognitive capabilities from Watson.

IBM announced its cloud platform in June 2014, providing users with a variety of compute choices as well as over 140 IBM and third party services. The Kubernetes capabilities on IBM Cloud Container Service are now generally available.

Containers are a standard way to package an application and all its dependencies so that it can be moved between environments and run without changes.  Containers work by isolating the application inside the container so that everything outside the container can be standardized.  Container technology has existed for over 30 years, but recently has gained popularity due to the simplicity of using containers provided by Docker.  IBM partnered with Docker Inc in December 2014 to bring containers to the enterprise market and launched containers-as-a service on IBM Cloud in June 2015.

Today’s announcement integrates the advanced container orchestration of Kubernetes into the IBM Cloud Container Service.  You can create your first Kubernetes cluster within minutes and flexibly manage dedicated cluster resources for both stateless (microservice) applications and stateful workloads. With a single Kubernetes dashboard, manage security compliance throughout your DevOps pipeline by automatically scanning both Docker images and live containers for known vulnerabilities and the presence of malware. Verify appropriate container settings and application configurations. Review risk ratings and match container service policies to those of your organization.

Deploy your application with auto-scaling policies to handle fluctuations in workloads and auto-recovery for higher availability. Leverage the value of the IBM Cloud platform by easily binding to other services, which bring cognitive and analytics capabilities to your application.

What is IBM Cloud?

In June 2014, IBM announced its cloud platform, providing users with a variety of compute choices as well as over 140 IBM and third party services. Today we are releasing a beta of the Kubernetes capabilities for IBM Cloud Container Service.

Try it today and let us know what you think!

To get started, visit IBM Cloud at www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/bluemix/containers/

Also join the discussion on Slack, https://ibm-container-service.slack.com/signup.  If you cannot join automatically, please email crosen@us.ibm.com with your email to be added.

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