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Platform9 5.5 Simplifies Cloud-Native Operations For Developers


Platform9 has announced new platform capabilities that make it easier for cloud-native development and operations teams to build, scale, and operate apps and Kubernetes clusters in the cloud, on-premises, and at the edge. The new updates include new IDE for developers, integrated ArgoCD-as-a-Service, enhanced remote cluster monitoring, and improved management of imported EKS, AKS, and GKE clusters.

Developers now have access to pod status, logs and Kubernetes events, all kept in-context and automatically mapped to their related objects. No more guessing which pod is related to which service. To quickly tweak the manifest, the YAML is available to be edited and updated directly in the cluster. The new IDE experience supports Platform9 native clusters and clusters imported from EKS, AKS, and GKE.

Administrators need to connect their Git Repository, then start leveraging ArgoCD’s automation to manage application lifecycle. Because ArgoCD runs as an application within the Platform9 SaaS Management Plane, all Platform9 managed clusters are automatically connected to ArgoCD, enabling zero-setup continuous delivery – no installation, configuration, or integration is ever necessary. Cluster admins can enable developers to deploy applications without running Kubectl Apply or Helm Install ever again.

The new External Cluster Operator (ECO) creates a secure communication tunnel between EKS, AKS, or GKE clusters and Platform9. Operators can now leverage Platform9’s managed in-cluster monitoring and use ArgoCD to quickly provision apps to any hyperscale cluster.

Catapult Remote Monitoring enhances Platform9’s existing SaaS capabilities, providing over 50 alerts. The remote monitoring covers key elements such as etcd, Kubernetes API Server, Nodes, Workloads, CNI, and Platform9 managed add-ons.

This release includes the general availability of Managed KubeVirt, which makes it easy to run virtual machines (VMs) alongside containers on a single unified platform. In addition, the Managed Bare Metal now includes Metal Kubed in technical preview.

Along with these updates, the user interface (UI) has been completely overhauled.

ArgoCD-as-a-Service is currently in early access preview for DevOps teams to kick-start their GitOps automation journey. ArgoCD is automatically connected to clusters that are managed by Platform9. Users deploy an application, which is automatically synchronized to the Git repository.

New capabilities are available now in Platform9 5.5 Release for all Freedom, Growth, and Enterprise users.