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Kubernetes Cluster Management

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End-to-end visibility and control for your Kubernetes clusters


Organizations  are using containers for their application modernization and development, with Kubernetes as the underlying technology. Infrastructure and operations teams find ​they must deploy and manage multiple Kubernetes clusters across multicloud architectures. And those clusters might be in a single region, on-premise, in the cloud, or spread across multiple regions. 

Reasons you may spread your clusters across multiple regions can be for multi tenancy, disaster recovery, or for hybrid, multicloud, or edge deployments.

Cluster management poses some unique challenges for organizations:

  • Lifecycle management in a single control plane, regardless of where the clusters reside (on-premise or across public clouds)
  • Understand the cluster health and its impact on their application availability
  • Ensure all of the clusters are compliant with standard and custom policies


What is cluster management?

Proper Kubernetes cluster lifecycle management allows you to:

  • Create a new cluster
  • Remove a cluster
  • Update the control plane and compute nodes
  • Maintain and update the node
  • Upgrade the Kubernetes API version
  • Secure the cluster
  • Upgrade the cluster

Developers want it to be easy access to new clusters. Operations teams and site reliability engineers (SREs) need new clusters to be configured correctly so that apps will be available in production, while being able to monitor the health of clusters in their environment.


Why is Kubernetes cluster management important?

Kubernetes cluster management addresses the common challenges administrators and site reliability engineers face as they work across a range of environments that run Kubernetes clusters.

Cluster management can help you:

  • Accelerate development to production with self-service cluster deployment
  • Ease security compliance with centralized policy enforcement across clusters.
  • Reduce operational costs with a unified management interface.


How does OpenShift + Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management help?

Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes provides a single view to manage your Kubernetes clusters from Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. No matter where in the hybrid cloud they run (on premise, bare metal, vSphere, or in public clouds, as well as clusters from public cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, and IBM).

Running on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes includes capabilities that unify multi-cluster management, provide policy-based governance, and extend application lifecycle management.


Multicluster observability for health and optimization

Enhanced site reliability engineering (SRE) experience with multicluster dashboards that provide a view  of multicluster health and optimization, along with historical data.


Unified multicluster life-cycle management

Create, upgrade, and destroy Kubernetes clusters reliably, consistently, and at scale using an open source programming model that supports and encourages Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) best practices and design principles.


Policy-based governance, risk, and compliance

Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes allows you to apply a policy-based governance approach. You’ll be able to automatically monitor and ensure security and configuration controls are operated to compliance standards or your corporate standards in a desired state model.


Advanced application life-cycle management 

Use open standards and deploy applications using placement rules that are integrated into existing CI/CD pipelines and governance controls.


Additional Resources

Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes

End-to-end visibility and control for your Kubernetes clusters

5 considerations for managing your Kubernetes clusters

Explore the key things to keep in mind when considering the management of your Kubernetes clusters

Free Advanced Kubernetes Cluster evaluation

Run your operations from anywhere that Red Hat OpenShift runs, and manage any Kubernetes cluster in your fleet.