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Mirantis Container Cloud 2.14 Enables More Secure Hybrid Clouds with Private Networking on Equinix Metal

Sergey Goncharov, Senior Product Manager - December 08, 2021

This week we are pleased to announce the release of Mirantis Container Cloud 2.14. Container Cloud enables you to easily create multiple Kubernetes, Swarm, and even Mirantis OpenStack clusters, and with this new version, we are pleased to introduce numerous new features for enterprise users, including:

  • Private networking for Bare Metal clusters
  • Additional operating system support
  • Operational and usability improvements

Let's look at these changes in a bit more detail.

Private networking: Bridging the gap between on-premise & cloud operational models

Based on the 2021 IDC Survey, the majority of enterprises on hybrid cloud journeys face challenges with security, control, and balancing existing systems with new operational models. With Mirantis Container Cloud 2.14, we are bridging the gap between on-premise and cloud operational models. Specifically:

  • Private networking is a cornerstone of security and control over the extended footprint, enabling enterprises to avoid unnecessary exposure to the internet — and easily attaching them to either existing on-premises networks or existing Equinix Metal deployments.
  • Private networking reduces the complexity and costs associated with an extensive number of public addresses and traffic routing, supporting the strong saving benefits of bare metal-as-a-service (BMaaS) compared to on-premises hardware and software renewals.
  • Private networking enables architects to build controlled and isolated development or staging environments on-demand.

For more information on Mirantis Container Cloud with private networks for Equinix Metal, please follow this link.

Support for upstream CentOS 7.9 on Mirantis Openstack Provider and RHEL 8.4 on VMware Provider (Technical Preview)

Based on our customer’s feedback, we understand the importance of flexibility and openness in terms of how customers build their Standard Operating Environment and comply with security requirements. As a major step towards enabling common success and streamlining functional benefits, we are adopting upstream CentOS 7.9 and RHEL 8.4 as supported operating systems for Mirantis Container Cloud to deploy and manage. This support is very important for customers with heavy reliance on the Red Hat distros and RPM packaged software running in their ecosystem.

Our existing customers can now enjoy fully supported lifecycle management and automated deployments of their CentOS or RHEL Operating systems as part of the Mirantis Container Cloud automated orchestration.

Mirantis Container Cloud 2.14 brings enabled operational and usability improvements

In this latest release, we continue to provide enhancements to deliver increased usability and improvements to overall operations. These features bring important quality of life enhancements for existing customers, with a focus on utilizing Mirantis Container Cloud as a single point of presence for diversified footprints such as multi-metro and bare metal environments. Several examples included in the 2.14 release include:

  • We are re-building the concept of effective PXE communication between Management and Regional clusters to have a dedicated, smooth, and controlled traffic exchange for cluster expansion methodologies.
  • On top of the networking enhancements, we are bringing new features such as user-defined Prometheus recordings, custom naming convention for bare metal hosts, and finalizing the Helm chart migration to version 3.
  • For enhanced access and user management, we are providing a new, more user-friendly approach to set up users, roles, and privileges within the Mirantis Container Cloud UI.
create new binding window from mirantis container cloud 2.14 UI  

For additional details on these and other features of Mirantis Container Cloud 2.14, please read through the full release notes here. If you are interested in trying Mirantis Container Cloud for yourself, check out our free hosted trial and you could have a Kubernetes cluster running a sample application in minutes.