Aug 12, 2019 · by Brian Roche

Getting to know Pivotal and PKS

Earlier this year, Pivotal released an alpha version of its flagship product, Pivotal Application Service powered by Kubo. You may have seen this announcement and wondered what on earth is Kubo? Why did the Pivotal team make this significant change and how do you bring all of this together to drive business value? In an effort to answer those questions and more, quicker than the amount of time it takes you to grab a coffee break, I’ve tried to explain at the highest level.

What is Kubernetes?

Kubernetes or k8s for short, is an open source container orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling and management among other things. Many cloud services now offer a k8s based platform or infrastructure as a service, whereby k8s can be deployed as a platform providing service to users and applications. k8s has gained in popularity and is now the container orchestrator of choice in the industry.

What is Kubo?

Think of Kubo as a uniform way to instantiate, deploy and manage highly available Kubernetes clusters across any cloud. This is a new open source project started by engineers at Pivotal, Google Cloud and VMWare. The major benefits are developers and operators can now use BOSH, an open source cloud application platform, to manage the infrastructure that underpins the containers running in k8s. The exact same experience they’re used to today. All of this can be done across multi-cloud environments.

Pivotal and k8s

The evolution of k8s as the underlying container orchestrator can be viewed as the next iteration of platform as a service aimed at bringing the development experience that Pivotal has become known and loved for on top of k8s. Not only has Pivotal brought together the best of both worlds, but they’ve done this in a simple and lightweight manner. For example, the latest incarnation of the software is provided as a small footprint PaaS. Think of it as a lean and mean version of the tools and technology your business has grown to love and use without the typical complexity.

What’s next?

The software is currently in Alpha, so feedback is welcome and appreciated at this stage. Beyond the current release though, there’s still plenty of work to do before the new iteration is ready for prime time. Some additional new features on the horizon include:

  1. Support for more cloud environments
  2. Ensuring application availability during upgrades
  3. Observability for new components and integrations
  4. Deployment alongside PAS

We’re excited by these new advancements as they bring together the existing value of Pivotal Cloud Foundry combined with the power and flexibility of k8s, the world’s most popular container orchestrator. The pairing gives teams of engineers more power while simultaneously abstracting the complexity of managing k8s directly.

Cognizant will be participating in SpringOne Platform by Pivotal at the Austin Convention Center, October 7-10. Participants will have the opportunity to meet other developers, operators and leaders building applications that are redefining the industry. Register here.

Learn more about k8s and Pivotal, visit their blog for more information.

Brian Roche

Brian Roche

Vice President at Cognizant Digital Business
Brian Roche, Vice President at Cognizant Digital Business, has over 20+ years of experience in the software industry. With an in-depth understanding of emerging technologies and their commercial applications, Brian specializes in operational excellence, reduced time to market, SaaS Platform and Solutions development, DevOps, and more.
Brian Roche
Share This Article

Post A Comment