IBM announced that its managed container service model based on Kubernetes, IBM Cloud Container Service, will now be able to run on bare metal servers.
The IBM Cloud Container Service helps organizations to run data and processor workloads with high level of speed and capacity. Containers help developers to easily move data across systems, and enable multiple people to operate on different parts of the app altogether.
However, it needs consistent management to run containers on bare metal. The new functionality from IBM will help developers to implement the advantages of containers to the data, apps and workloads that need high computing performance, like machine learning workloads and sensitive datasets.
“On IBM Cloud, Kubernetes can now fit into an organization’s cloud strategy no matter what that looks like; whether it’s building a completely cloud-native machine learning app, accessing servers directly to handle large data workloads or migrating data-heavy apps to the cloud,” wrote Jason McGee, VP, IBM Cloud in a blog post.
IBM claimed that it is the first cloud service provider to make such an option available. Developers can use bare metal machine configurations directly within IBM Cloud Container Service to meet their needs, whether they need isolation, large local disk storage or increased processing capability. All these options will be available even when working within the container service.
IBM had been contributing to Kubernetes since the time it was brought to open source community. In October 2017, IBM collaborated with Google to build Istio, the open source, container- and microservice optimized technology, which helps developers apply new portable services, along with the ability to configure and manage the services centrally.
IBM is also working with Google on Grafeas project, with an aim to provide developers a structured way of auditing and governing the modern software supply chains.
The new service will be a fully managed service like the rest of the IBM Cloud Container Service, including automatic updates and security patches.