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Announcing the general availability of multizone clusters in Tokyo

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is a managed Kubernetes offering that delivers powerful management tools, an intuitive user experience, and built-in security and isolation to enable rapid delivery of applications, all while leveraging Cloud Services and cognitive capabilities from Watson. IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service provides native Kubernetes capabilities like intelligent scheduling, self-healing, horizontal scaling, service discovery and load balancing, automated rollouts and rollbacks, and secret and configuration management. IBM is also adding capabilities to the Kubernetes Service, including the following:

  • Simplified cluster management
  • Container security and isolation choices
  • The ability to design your own cluster
  • The option to leverage other IBM Cloud services such as Watson for your cognitive applications
  • Completely native Kubernetes CLI and API
  • Integrated operational tools or support to bring your own tools to ensure operational consistency with other deployments

The Kubernetes Service is already supported in Tokyo in our AP-North region, and we are very excited to announce the general availability of multizone clusters in Tokyo!

Why is this important?

Multizone clusters dramatically improve the operational characteristics of your application and Kubernetes cluster resources. Let IBM manage the open-source components of the Kubernetes Service while you focus on your business objectives.

We know that data residency is very important to our customers and we take security very seriously. If you have workloads that must remain within the border, you can now deploy a single-tenant and dedicated Kubernetes cluster in IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and ensure your apps and data remain in Japan.

Both isolated and connected applications

In a rapidly changing world where cross-border business has become the norm, you can respect nation-state regulatory sovereignty and leverage the benefits of workloads hosted in the public cloud at the same time. Our announcement today adds Japan to our growing list of multizone regions. Now you don’t have to worry that you could inadvertently host regulated data and workloads outside the borders. With IBM’s deep enterprise expertise, you can also connect hybrid workloads with IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and your own on-prem or partners’ on-prem applications.

Freedom to innovate within your borders

No matter what your application does today, your ability to innovate quickly is key. With the addition of this latest multizone region within Japan, your developers have access to innovative services, such as IBM Personality Insights, while also feeling confident about their app’s availability.

Single Zone Datacenter Expansion

Need to support workloads running in Norway? We recently added support for the Oslo data center, ensuring you control where and how your workloads run. You will find the osl01 datacenter under the “Germany” location in our UI.

We also added support for two datacenters in San Jose, California. Now your containerized applications can run in the US West coast decreasing latency to existing resource residing in that geography. You will find the sjc03 and sjc04 datacenters under the “US South” location in our UI.

A complete list of supported data centers can be found in our docs.

How do I get started?

After you’ve created your IBM Cloud account, our tutorials guide you through deploying your first cluster in IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and your first sample applications.

Contact us

If you have questions, engage our team via Slack by registering here and join the discussion in the #general channel on our public IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service Slack.

Program Director, Offering Management, IBM Kubernetes Service & IBM Container Registry

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