Apprenda Launches Enterprise Kubernetes With Kismatic Acquisition

Launches commercial Kubernetes distro along with enterprise support subscriptions.

May 19, 2016

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TROY, N.Y. – Apprenda, a leading provider of cloud-native technologies for the enterprise, today announced that it now offers a commercial distribution of Kubernetes, along with new enterprise support subscriptions available to any company running Kubernetes. These new offerings come as an expansion of Apprenda's acquisition of Kismatic, the enterprise Kubernetes company. Kubernetes is a fast-growing open-source project created by and based on Google's 10+ years of experience managing Linux container-based workloads at massive scale.

As the world moves toward a container-centric IT model, Apprenda's acquisition of Kismatic will accelerate the company's vision of powering the transition to cloud-native applications and enabling developers to build software quickly and reliably. Patrick Reilly, CEO and founder of Kismatic and governing board member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, will become Apprenda's corporate CTO and lead its Kubernetes strategy. Prior to Kismatic, Patrick founded Orly Atomics, which was acquired by Mesosphere.

Apprenda's cloud platform enables companies to develop, deploy and manage the thousands of existing applications in their portfolios as well as quickly deliver cloud-native applications and microservices. In March 2016, Apprenda announced it would adopt Kubernetes to add further support for cloud-native applications and that it would build Kubernetes support for Windows Server and .NET.

Headquartered in San Francisco, the Kismatic team will add depth to Apprenda's already impressive roster of talent. Apprenda will continue to expand Kismatic's existing business operations, including:

  • Supporting subscriptions that provide Kubernetes users with guaranteed SLAs for production and non-production Kubernetes instances.

  • Offering professional services that help customers define and extend cloud strategies related to containers and Kubernetes.

  • Providing tooling related to Kubernetes and its intersection with the Apprenda platform including Kubernetes enterprise plugins for identity management (LDAP/Active Directory), Kerberos authentication, and rich auditing for heavily regulated industries.

As part of their major contributions to the Kubernetes project, Kismatic contributed the open-source dashboard for Kubernetes. Recently, Kismatic donated the KubeCon conference to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The third KubeCon will occur this November in Seattle and is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees.

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