Manage Kubernetes Across Cloud Platforms with IBM Multicloud Manager 3.1.1

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IBM Multicloud Manager 3.1.1

IBM is excited to announce Multicloud Manager, a new product that will change the way you look at running applications in the cloud. With IBM Multicloud Manager, you can visualize and manage your Kubernetes resources across your clouds and clusters with the governance and control needed to configure the environments appropriately.

Why do you need to manage and visualize multiple cloud resources?

A recent survey shows that 98% of companies plan to use multiple clouds. Additionally, sources such as DailyHostNews report that containers are rapidly being adopted in enterprises and in clouds due to their optimized performance and speed of application delivery. As a result, Kubernetes is becoming the de-facto leader in container orchestration, with a 200% increase in Kubernetes adoption since 2017.

With rapid growth and increased delivery speeds, flexibility, and portability comes the added complexity of a multicloud and multi-cluster environment.

The following are several of the views from IBM Multicloud Manager that give you visibility on what is running where, policy configuration across environments, application deployment specifics, and CLI views for managing the complexity of multiple platforms.

Visibility: See which cloud components are running where

This Multicloud Manager view displays the Cluster page, which highlights the cloud-int-prod. With this view, you can see which environment your cluster is in from the Kubernetes label category:

Cluster

Policy: Ensure environments are consistent and adhere to policy

The following IBM Multicloud Manager view displays the Compliance policies, with cloud-int-proddisplayed as compliant and noncompliant based on policies:

IBM Multicloud Manager

Application deployment: Ensure your apps are optimally deployed

How can you ensure that applications are deployed in the correct cloud, based on availability, cost, and purpose? See the following example of guest-book application deployed based on location and usage:

guest-book application

Complexity: Manage complex environments

How can you manage your environment using scripting with CLI tools? See the following images of CLI get roles results from across clusters and the Topology page, which display the complexity of multiple clusters:

Topology

IBM Multicloud Manager

IBM Multicloud Manager gives visibility to all the Kubernetes resources across your clouds and provides policy and security capabilities, which are needed to configure the environments appropriately.

Multicloud Manager also allows multiple clusters to be managed by a consistent set of configuration and security policies so that more clusters do not lead to less compliance and more management costs. These policies are enforced at the target clusters and operate even when connectivity to the management system is lost. All changes use the Infrastructure as Code (IaC) approach, allowing change approval.

Consistency and control of your cloud platforms

Whether an enterprise application is a cloud-native 12-factor application or a modernized legacy application, IBM Multicloud Manager provides a consistent way to deploy that application across clusters. Placement policy provides control of deployment based on multiple factors.

With the ability to manage environments in private clouds and public clouds, enterprises can take advantage of the flexibility offered by IBM Multicloud Manager and optimize for performance, scale, or cost. Applications can be deployed in a public cloud environment when elastic scaling is needed, and they can use the private cloud when they need more control.

With the ability to connect to existing process and tools, IBM Multicloud Manager fits into all the capabilities that enterprises have built over time to manage mission-critical environments. Events from the multiple Kubernetes clusters can be sent to existing event management or alert management tools.

See the IBM Multicloud Manager product documentation for more details

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