Cisco Integrates Its On-Prem Kubernetes Platform With AWS

16 Nov 2018 by Bob West

Cisco has introduced a new deployment solution built for Amazon Web Services (AWS) that makes running containerized applications simple. The Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS offers a hybrid system to run Kubernetes on AWS. It will help customers deploy, connect, and monitor containerized applications in Kubernetes clusters consistently across private data centers and the AWS cloud. The solution will be available to customers in December 2018.

The Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS helps developers deliver new applications faster. The developers often face the dilemma of choosing on-premises or in the cloud for application development. With the new solution, they enjoy the flexibility of developing and deploying applications across public and private clouds, without any obstacles. It widens the scope of innovation. The containerized applications can be deployed and managed more easily across on-premises and the AWS cloud. According to the company, the Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS makes it easy for customers to run production-grade Kubernetes on-premises. 

“The centerpiece of the new solution is the ability to provide AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) through the integration of the Cisco Container Platform with Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS). The unique connection between Cisco Container Platform and AWS’s Identity and Access Management allows users to create and manage container clusters with common identity, authorization and access control policies across their on-premises and public cloud environments,” explained Kip Compton, senior vice president, Cloud Platform and Solutions at Cisco.

The new solution provides the IT team with a common set of tools on-premises and on AWS. It brings down the cost and complexities associated with IT operations. Adoption of new solution allows containerized applications to work with existing resources and production environments. 

"More customers run containers on AWS and Kubernetes on AWS than anywhere else. Our customers want solutions that are designed for the cloud and Cisco's integration with Amazon EKS will make it easier for them to rapidly deploy and run containerized applications across both Cisco-based on-premises environments and the AWS cloud," said Terry Wise, Global Vice President of Channels & Alliances, Amazon Web Services, Inc. 

The Cisco Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on AWS will be provided as both a software-only solution requiring only the Cisco Container Platform, or a hardware/software solution with the Cisco Container Platform running on Cisco HyperFlex™.   The software is licensed in one-, three- and five-year subscriptions. And the pricing begins at approximately $65,000 per year for a typical entry-level configuration.


Bob West

Bob West is a tech-savvy, digital enthusiast with a deep-rooted passion for data centers, cloud, internet exchanges (IX) and cryptocurrency. He was a driving force within the original team that built in 2011. It’s his belief that a new breed of data centers will become increasingly important as we move towards IoT, AI, and edge computing.

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