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Apprenda Acquires Kismatic to Deliver One Platform for Cloud-Native and Existing Apps

By Sinclair Schuller

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Today we’re excited to announce we’ve acquired Kismatic, a company whose sole focus was offering fantastic enterprise Kubernetes distribution and support.

A couple of months back, we announced we’d be integrating Kubernetes into Apprenda as the underlying cluster manager for Docker-based workloads deployed to Apprenda. To make that decision, we started exploring various cluster managers and architectures that seemed like reasonable options. Through this investigation process, we met the folks at Kismatic and were impressed by the team and their expertise, the tech they were working on to extend Kubernetes with additional enterprise readiness, and their involvement in the open-source community.

As we started venturing into Kubernetes, it became obvious that Kismatic could help accelerate our journey and to be even more aggressive in our goals for the Apprenda platform. This made the acquisition a logical conclusion.

Technology

Here are two of the biggest things we’re currently hearing and seeing in our enterprise accounts:

  1. Developers are standing up Kubernetes clusters, often without central IT, who are not standing in the way but are still formulating an “all-up” enterprise container strategy.
  2. Down the road, central IT will need to reconcile these departmental deployments and provide an enterprise-wide container service.

In the short term, Kismatic’s work on a strong Kubernetes distribution helps early adopter developers with tooling and support to power Kubernetes. Longer term, we will enable central IT to help developers with their Kubernetes deployments via our Platform as a Service (PaaS).

As I described in our initial Kubernetes announcement, we’ll be completing the integration of Kubernetes into our architecture in upcoming releases. I didn’t share too many details at the time about how it would work, however.

The way we’re building our support will allow an Apprenda instance to “attach” itself to a running Kubernetes cluster, assuming control of that cluster and using it as the underlying resource pool. The Apprenda scheduler will manage Kubernetes clusters along with pools of Windows and Linux servers dedicated to existing, non-container based workloads. Kismatic has been building out tooling as enterprise extensions to Kubernetes.

Some of these extensions include things like:

  1. Kubernetes Role Based Access Control
  2. Kerberos Authentication
  3. LDAP & Active Directory Support
  4. Cluster Level Auditing Controls

This means that by using Kubernetes and these extensions, we’ll be providing our customers an enterprise Kubernetes outcome. Google’s head of cloud, Diane Greene, recently commented that enterprises would have existing on-premise assets for a long time and that it would take a while for existing applications to make it to public cloud. Our enterprise Kubernetes work and support for Kubernetes in our platform means that companies will be able to take advantage of a cloud operating model on-premises, giving value to developers immediately. But it also means that enterprises will be able to move workloads to the public cloud more easily through a combination of our hybrid capabilities, market-leading Windows support, and Kubernetes DNA.

Business

Part of Kismatic’s business has been providing customers with production support and consulting for Kubernetes. Kismatic names a number of Fortune 1000 and well known technology vendors as customers.

Not only will this business continue uninterrupted, but we plan to invest in it and expand it. Existing customers can expect to receive the same quality service they’ve experienced in the past. New customers will be able to choose from an expanded set of standard services to help them with Kubernetes and their broader cloud-native and mixed-era application strategies.

You can find more information on our Kubernetes support and consulting offerings here.

More to Come

We’re excited about what this acquisition means for the future of Apprenda. We will be making additional announcements in the near future that will reshape how companies think about cloud platforms and Kubernetes.

If you want to know more or have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can also reach me on Twitter or leave a comment below.

 

Sinclair Schuller

Sinclair Schuller is the CEO of Apprenda. Before Apprenda, Sinclair held positions at Morgan Stanley, Eden Communications, and consulted for the State University of New York’s (SUNY) vast IT systems. Sinclair holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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