Mirantis Says Its k0smotron Kubernetes Management Is Enterprise-Ready

Mirantis Says Its k0smotron Kubernetes Management Is Enterprise-Ready

The News: Mirantis at KubeCon North America announced enterprise support for its open source k0smotron Kubernetes control plane. You can read the release on the Mirantis website.

Mirantis Says Its k0smotron Kubernetes Management Is Enterprise-Ready

Analyst Take: Mirantis developed k0smotron to manage the k0s lightweight Kubernetes distribution, but Mirantis says k0smotron is now enterprise-ready and can work with any CNCF-certified Kubernetes cluster. Mirantis will support k0smotron through its OpsCare and OpsCare Plus support packages. OpsCare provides 24/7 proactive support, and OpsCare Plus is a fully managed 24/7 ZeroOps service.

Mirantis introduced the open source project k0smotron – also known as Kubernetes in Kubernetes – in July. k0smotron is a set of Kubernetes controllers that enables running and managing Kubernetes cluster control planes as pods within one Kubernetes cluster. The goal – as with many new Kubernetes initiatives – is to simplify Kubernetes management and reduce operational costs.

After the k0smotron operator is installed into an existing Kubernetes cluster, it automatically creates all the needed Kubernetes lower-level constructs, such as pods, configmaps, etc., to run the control plane inside the Kubernetes management cluster. The “mothership” management cluster orchestrates and provides control plane services on demand. The control planes are virtualized and treated as any other workload while managing multiple “child clusters.”

k0smotron separates the clusters’ control plane and worker plane. The control plane runs on an existing cluster with no direct networking connection to the worker plane. This setup is similar to the way the hyperscalers separate control and worker planes on managed clusters. k0smotron can connect worker nodes from any infrastructure to a cluster control plane.

The separation of control and worker planes – along with Cluster application programming interface (API) integration and the ability to provision bare metal — enables provisioning of remote worker nodes. That supports use cases such as edge, branch office, and IoT deployments. k0smotron also supports multicloud deployments with the control plane management cluster in a public or private cloud provider and worker nodes in various clouds with unified cluster management.

Looking Ahead

Container management is a transformational area and customers have many options, including Red Hat OpenShift, SUSE Rancher, Mirantis, VMware Tanzu, D2IQ Kubernetes Platform, Platform9 Managed Kubernetes, and hyperscalers’ Azure Kubernetes Service, AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service, and Google Kubernetes Environment.

Mirantis is home of the original developers of Docker and a long-time participant in the cloud-native market. It is putting its talent and expertise to work with projects such as k0smotron as it seeks to create a complete offering for Kubernetes management. Mirantis can now provide a hybrid multicloud managed service and manage Kubernetes on the edge.

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Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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Author Information

Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.

Dave’s focus within The Futurum Group is concentrated in the rapidly evolving integrated infrastructure and cloud storage markets. Before joining the Evaluator Group, Dave spent 25 years as a technology journalist and covered enterprise storage for more than 15 years. He most recently worked for 13 years at TechTarget as Editorial Director and Executive News Editor for storage, data protection and converged infrastructure. In 2020, Dave won an American Society of Business Professional Editors (ASBPE) national award for column writing.

His previous jobs covering technology include news editor at Byte and Switch, managing editor of EdTech Magazine, and features and new products editor at Windows Magazine. Before turning to technology, he was an editor and sports reporter for United Press International in New York for 12 years. A New Jersey native, Dave currently lives in northern Virginia.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism from William Patterson University.


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