Cisco simplifies Kubernetes container deployment with Microsoft Azure collaboration

By | August 23, 2019

Cisco seeks to enhance container setup using an agency to allow business customers run containerized applications across both Cisco-based on-premises environments and in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Customers are now able to further simplify deploying and managing Kubernetes clusters on-premises and at Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) with one tool, using shared control and identify policies, reducing manual tasks and ultimately time-to-market for their program environments, composed Cisco’s Kip Compton, senior vice president of the business’s Cloud Platform and Solutions set at a site about the work.

Especially, AKS has been inserted to Kubernetes managed solutions that integrate with the Cisco Container Platform. Cisco introduced its own Kubernetes-based Container Platform in January 2018 and said it allows for self-service deployment and management of all container clusters.

Cisco has added multivendor support to the stage, including support of SAP’s Data Hub to integrate large data sets that might be in people clouds, such as Amazon Web Services, Hadoop, Microsoft or Google, and integrate them with private cloud or business apps like SAP S/4 HANA.

Kubernetes, originally designed by Google, is an open-source-based system for growing and orchestrating containerized applications. Containers could be deployed across multiple host hosts and Kubernetes orchestration lets clients build application services that span multiple containers, schedule those containers across a bunch, scale these containers and manage the container health.

Cisco has been working to further integrate with Azure providers for quite a while now. As an example, the Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack enables organizations access development tools, information repositories, and connected Azure services to reinvent applications and gain new information from secured data. Azure Stack provides exactly the very same APIs and user interface as the Azure cloud.

In future periods, the Cisco Container Platform will integrate more features to encourage Microsoft Windows container software with the capacity to leverage virtual-kubelet or Windows node pools in Azure, Compton stated. “In addition, we’ll encourage Azure Active Directory common identity integration for both on-prem and AKS clusters so customer/applications experience a single consistent environment across hybrid ”

In addition, Cisco has a substantial portfolio of offerings running from the Azure cloud and accessible in the Azure Marketplace. For example, the company provides its Cloud Services Router, CSV1000v, in Addition to Meraki vMX, Stealthwatch Cloud, the Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance and its Next Generation Firewall.

The Azure work broadens Cisco’s driveway into cloud. For instance Cisco and Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer enterprise customers an integrated platform which promises to help them more simply build, secure and join Kubernetes clusters across private information centres and the AWS cloud.

The bundle, Cisco Hybrid Option for Kubernetes on AWS, combines Cisco, AWS and open-source technology to simplify complexity and helps remove challenges for clients who use Kubernetes to empower deploying software on premises and across the AWS cloud at a secure, consistent manner. The hybrid service integrates Cisco Container Platform (CCP) and Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS), so customers can supply clusters on assumptions and on EKS in the cloud.

Cisco also released a cloud-service app on its flagship software-defined media (SDN) software which will let customers handle and protected software running in the information center or at Amazon Web Service cloud environments. The service, Cisco Cloud application centric infrastructure (ACI) for AWS lets users configure inter-site connectivity, specify policies and monitor the health of network infrastructure across hybrid environments, Cisco said.

Meanwhile, Cisco and Google have completed extensive work on their own joint cloud-development activities to help clients more easily build secure multicloud and hybrid applications anywhere from on-premises data centres to people clouds.

Cisco and Google have been working closely together since October 2017, when the companies said they had been working on an open hybrid cloud platform which bridges on-premises and cloud surroundings. This package, Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform for Google Cloud, became generally available in September 2018. It allows customer develop enterprise-grade capacities from Google Cloud-managed Kubernetes containers which include Cisco networking and security technology as well as service net monitoring from Istio.

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