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Kubernetes now live on IBM Bluemix Container Service

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We’re happy to announce that Kubernetes support is now live in the IBM Bluemix Container Service. The IBM Bluemix Container Service now combines Docker and Kubernetes to deliver powerful tools, an intuitive user experience, and built-in security and isolation to enable rapid delivery of applications all while leveraging Cloud Services including cognitive capabilities from Watson. The service is available in US South (Dallas) and EU Central (Frankfurt).

Here is what you need to know:

End of Beta Support Date: May 23, 2017

  • As of May 23, 2017, you are no longer able to provision new IBM Bluemix Container Service beta clusters. Existing beta clusters will live for 30 days before being terminated.
  • The IBM Bluemix Container Service Kubernetes beta, running in the US South region (Dallas), has concluded. Please note that while you will not be able to see the beta clusters in the UI, they will be available in the CLI only using the beta endpoint (bx cs init –host=https://us-south-beta.containers.bluemix.net).  For information about accessing your beta clusters, see https://ibm.biz/container-migration
  • You are now able to choose a Lite or Paid plan for clusters based on your usage. The Lite Plan continues to provide a cluster with one free worker node. The Paid plan is available for designing your cluster with the desired size and quantity of worker nodes

To learn more about the IBM Bluemix Container Service, watch these videos.

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 Bluemix in June 2015.

Today’s announcement integrates the advanced container orchestration of Kubernetes into the IBM Bluemix 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 Bluemix platform by easily binding to other services, which bring cognitive and analytics capabilities to your application.

What is IBM Bluemix?

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

Try it today and let us know what you think!

To get started, visit IBM Bluemix and join the discussion on Slack. Email crosen@us.ibm.com if you cannot join automatically.

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