Kublr integrates the K8s management platform with Microsoft Arc

Kublr has expanded the reach of its open source platform for managing Kubernetes with Integrations with the Microsoft Azure Arc service.

Oleg Chunikhin, CTO of Kublr says that Kublr has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that Kubernetes clusters managed by its platform work with Microsoft’s Azure Arc cluster management service in the cloud or an on-premises IT environment be able. The aim is to offer IT teams more flexibility, he says.

Kublr already supports a number of Kubernetes-based services that are located in Azure. Integration with Arc deepens that relationship at a time when Microsoft is trying to expand the reach of Azure Arc into hybrid cloud computing environments, notes Chunikhin.

By assigning an Azure Resource Manager ID through the Azure portal, Azure Arc attaches a standard Azure subscription to a Kubernetes cluster. This allows it to participate in a resource group and be assigned tags like any other Azure resource. Azure Application Services extend this functionality so that developers can use an Azure Function to use a specific Kubernetes cluster instead of an Azure Region to launch Azure Functions pods.

According to Chunikhin, by 2022 it has been shown that more traditional IT administrators will manage Kubernetes clusters together with DevOps experts. IT administrators typically don’t have a lot of programming skills, so they prefer management platforms that provide a graphical user interface, notes Chunikhin.

It is less clear to what extent this will drive hybrid cloud computing in 2022. Most businesses today use multiple clouds that are typically managed in isolation from each other. Microsoft is positioning Arc as the control plane through which IT teams can unify the management of public cloud and on-premises IT environments that share a common Kubernetes foundation. The ultimate goal is to reduce the total cost of IT by centralizing the management of Kubernetes clusters. As an extension of Arc, Kublr is adding an open source management platform that makes it easier for IT administrators to manage fleets of Kubernetes clusters in an extended enterprise.

Microsoft is of course not the only major cloud service provider with similar ambitions. In addition, providers of locally provided IT management frameworks extend the reach of their platforms to cloud-based Kubernetes environments. As a result, 2022 is turning out to be one of the most important years for strategic IT decisions in the company.

No matter how many Kubernetes clusters need to be managed, the number of legacy platforms that remain to be managed is unlikely to decrease. Most Kubernetes clusters run new classes of workloads that IT teams have yet to manage. The challenge is to simplify the management of Kubernetes clusters so that the number of additional specialists that an IT organization must hire and retain is limited.


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