Cisco simplifies Kubernetes container deployment with Microsoft Azure collaboration

Cisco seeks to boost container deployment with an agency to let enterprise customers run containerized applications across both Cisco-based on-premises surroundings and at 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 instrument, using shared identify and control policies, reducing manual jobs and finally time-to-market for their application environments, wrote Cisco’s Kip Compton, senior vice president of their company’s Cloud Platform and Solutions group at a blog about the job.

Specifically, AKS has been added to Kubernetes managed services that integrate with the Cisco Container Platform. Cisco introduced its own Kubernetes-based Container Platform at January 2018 and said it permits for self deployment and management of all container clusters.

Cisco has additional multivendor support into the stage, such as support of SAP’s Data Hub to incorporate 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 enterprise apps such as SAP S/4 HANA.

Kubernetes, initially designed by Google, is an open-source-based method for developing and orchestrating containerized software. Containers could be set up across multiple host hosts and Kubernetes orchestration lets clients build application services that span multiple containers, schedule those containers across a cluster, scale these containers and handle the container wellbeing.

Cisco has been working to integrate with Azure providers for quite a while today. As an instance, the Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack lets organizations access development programs, data repositories, and related Azure solutions to reinvent applications and obtain new data from secured data. Azure Stack provides the very same APIs and user interface because the Azure public cloud.

In future phases, the Cisco Container Platform will integrate more features to encourage Microsoft Windows container software with the potential to leverage virtual-kubelet or Windows node pools in Azure, Compton stated. “Additionally, we will encourage Azure Active Directory shared identity integration for on-prem and AKS clusters so customer/applications encounter a single consistent environment across hybrid cloud.”

In addition, Cisco has a substantial portfolio of offerings running from the Azure cloud and available 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 that promises to help them simply build, secure and connect Kubernetes clusters round private data centers and the AWS cloud.

The package, Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS, combines Cisco, AWS and open source technology to simplify complexity and helps eliminate challenges for clients who use Kubernetes to enable deploying applications on premises and across the AWS cloud at a protected, consistent method. The hybrid integrates Cisco Container Platform (CCP) and Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS), so clients can supply clusters on premises and on EKS from the cloud.

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

Meanwhile, Cisco and Google have done extensive work in their joint cloud-development activities to help customers more easily build secure multicloud and hybrid software everywhere from on-premises data centers to public clouds.

Cisco and Google have been working closely together since October 2017, once the companies said they had been working in an open hybrid cloud platform which bridges on-premises and cloud environments. This bundle, Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform for Google Cloud, became available in September 2018. It allows customer develop enterprise-grade capacities from Google Cloud-managed Kubernetes containers that have Cisco security and networking technology in addition to service mesh tracking from Istio.

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