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Why Scality Invests in Kubernetes

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Tyna Callahan

Tyna Callahan

Sr. Director of Communications

A Perfect Union for Cloud Native Computing

Joining Cloud Native Computing and Linux Foundations and announcing v.1.0 of MetalK8s, Scality continues its trailblazing efforts in modern cloud applications and open source
San Francisco, CA – August 29, 2018

Scality, leader in software solutions for distributed file and object storage and multi-cloud data control, today announced its membership in Cloud Native Computing and Linux Foundations, at the same time, announcing its MetalK8s open source Kubernetes distribution focused on bare-metal deployments, long-term maintenance and ease of operation.

As the number of organizations using multi-cloud environments continues to increase, Kubernetes is becoming a standard way to manage applications. Scality has invested time and resources over the past 18 months to find the best way to deploy and manage its next-generation product line, and Kubernetes emerged as a clear winner.

“We’re excited to deepen our open source strategy by joining the Linux Foundation and to be active with CNCF. With our flagship open source project, Zenko, we have been building a very strong community.  As MetalK8s reaches version one, we think that even more people are going to get excited about our cloud projects,” said Giorgio Regni, Scality’s CTO.

MetalK8s grew out of Scality’s Zenko development team’s search for the best solutions to manage Zenko on-premises for large customers. Early versions of Zenko employed Docker Swarm, but the limitations of that approach became quickly apparent. Looking at other K8s implementations, no option emerged as a clear winner, so the team decided to build a new solution, harnessing the strengths of other open source projects.

MetalK8s has a strong foundation with the open source installer, Kubespray, and other tools, like Prometheus and Grafana. However, because the Scality team has parsed the often baffling options, MetalK8s’ deployments only require few key decisions from operators. The result is a simplified deployment path for a new Kubernetes cluster on bare-metal, with easier long-term maintenance.

“We expect people to have strong feelings about the choices we’ve made to simplify Kubernetes deployments. That’s why we like to call MetalK8s the opinionated Kubernetes distribution,” says Nicolas Trangez, lead architect of MetalK8s.

MetalK8s version 1.0 comes with default dashboards that help operators control the cluster based on the following services:

  • Kubernetes dashboard, a general purpose, web-based UI for Kubernetes clusters
  • Grafana tool for monitoring dashboards for cluster services
  • Cerebro, an administration and monitoring console for Elasticsearch clusters
  • Kibana, a search console for logs indexed in Elasticsearch

Deployments using MetalK8s version 1.0 can be upgraded to later 1.xx versions.

The MetalK8s GitHub project welcomes contributions, code and documentation as well as issues and questions on the forum.

About Scality

Scality builds a market leading software-defined file and object platform designed for on-premise, hybrid and multi-cloud environments.  We give customers the freedom and control necessary to compete in a data driven economy. Scality is recognized as a leader by Gartner and IDC. Follow us @scality and LinkedIn. Visit www.scality.com or subscribe to our company blog SOLVED.

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