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Take the hassle out of Kubernetes with Lens Autopilot

Anoop Kumar - September 27, 2022

Kubernetes is effective for building, deploying, and scaling applications, but once you start provisioning hundreds to thousands of containers and microservices, CI/CD pipelines become unmanageable and complex. That’s why Mirantis is excited to announce the general availability of Lens Autopilot, a DevOps-as-a-Service offering powered by Lens that frees enterprises from the day-to-day hassles of Kubernetes and DevOps. 

Properly configuring, managing, and securing CI/CD pipelines at scale gets overwhelming, and errors can lead to lost productivity, outages, or worse. With Lens Autopilot, DevOps engineers from Mirantis take care of these challenges, with guaranteed outcomes we’ll detail below that ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment. Lens Autopilot enables your organization to benefit from the agility and scalability of cloud native technologies while your developers focus on building applications that meet real customer needs.

Lens, The Kubernetes Platform, based on an open source project led by Mirantis, makes it easy to navigate, monitor and troubleshoot Kubernetes clusters. Loved by application developers and DevOps engineers around the world, Lens has more than 650,000 users and is one of the most popular tools in the cloud native ecosystem. Lens Autopilot combines the powerful capabilities of Lens with Mirantis’ world-class professional services expertise to deliver a fully-managed service for organizations that don’t have or don’t want in-house staff dedicated to managing DevOps, which frees up your staff to focus on what they do best, and enables you to rest assured our dedicated professionals are handling everything.

In this blog, we’ll provide an overview of Lens Autopilot, including the outcomes it guarantees, and how it works to provide developer acceleration, continuous proactive security, real-time monitoring and alerting, and other benefits.

Lens Autopilot guaranteed outcomes

What are the guaranteed outcomes of Lens Autopilot DevOps-as-a-Service?

The success of your company depends on your ability to innovate, and you don’t want to risk investing in a DevOps service that doesn’t generate the results you need. Drawing upon our deep expertise in Kubernetes and DevOps, along with the powerful capabilities of Lens, Mirantis is proud and confident to guarantee you’ll have the technical capability to achieve the following outcomes with Lens Autopilot in 12 months or less:

  • 5x-10x Increase In Application Deployment Speed. Accelerate innovation by providing new features at a dramatically faster pace.
  • 75% Reduction In Security Vulnerabilities. Greatly reduce the number of security vulnerabilities to safeguard clusters, workloads, and containers.
  • Accelerated Time To Remediation. Minimize application downtime and improve security with speedier incident remediation.
  • 2x-4x Reduction in Operational Costs. Achieve more with your IT budget with lower DevOps/SRE costs and cost-efficient Kubernetes clusters.
  • It's important to remember that technical capabilities are only one part of the equation. Achieving dramatic results typically also requires organizations to adapt the appropriate governance model, stakeholder review processes, team mindset, and other factors. Mirantis DevOps experts will also provide guidance on transitioning your people and processes so you’ll have the highest likelihood of attaining optimal outcomes.

    How does Lens Autopilot DevOps-as-a-Service work?

    Lens Autopilot DevOps-as-a-Service combines the robust capabilities of Lens with expert services from Mirantis DevOps Engineers to provide organizations with developer acceleration, continuous proactive security, real-time monitoring and alerting, and other benefits.

    Developer acceleration

    Lens Autopilot removes the friction that comes with using Kubernetes, so you’ll have the technical capability of increasing your application deployment speed by up to 10x in 12 months or less.

    With Lens Desktop, it’s fast and easy to explore and navigate Kubernetes without having to bother with YAML or kubectl commands — perfect for developers just getting started! At the team level, Lens Desktop facilitates collaboration among developers with shared catalogs and secure cluster access sharing using the cloud-based Lens Teamwork service. 

    Spawning Kubernetes clusters is a piece of cake with Lens Kubernetes, which provides lightweight clusters based on the open source k0s distribution sponsored by Mirantis. 

    But it’s not just the software. Cookie-cutter CI/CD workflows rarely work well at enterprise scale. With Lens Autopilot, Mirantis SREs work with you to deliver efficient CI/CD pipeline automations optimized for your specific applications, development processes, and approach to DevOps. We leverage FluxCD, which uses a GitOps framework to auto-push applications into production when changes are made in the app repository. With Lens Autopilot Plus, our premier-level offering, we take it a step further by customizing your GitOps automation workflow for your specific use case. 

    And what if your application fails to start, or high latency ruins your application performance? The included DevOps-on-Demand online service provides Mirantis Site Reliability Engineers on hand 8x5 or 24x7 to proactively respond to incidents. They’ll chat with you directly in Lens when incidents arise, and remotely access your clusters to troubleshoot and remediate.

    Continuous proactive security

    Securing clusters is one of the biggest challenges of operationalizing Kubernetes at scale. With Lens Autopilot, we guarantee a 75% reduction in security vulnerabilities after just 12 months. We provide tools for container vulnerability reporting and container image scanning, along with Conftest, for continuously monitoring namespaces. Our Site Reliability Engineers provide continuous conformance and security audits using a Lens extension for Starboard, a Kubernetes-native toolkit from Aqua Security, which monitors clusters and applications around the clock and generates reports on detected vulnerabilities, audits, and CSI Benchmarks so you can rest assured you are completely protected.

    Lens Autopilot also features a visual RBAC model for fast and intuitive access management that provides detailed insights into key resources and users, and how they relate to each other. Lens Autopilot Plus goes further by optimizing the RBAC model for your org structure and use case.

    Whereas Lens Autopilot identifies security issues in your pipelines, Lens Autopilot also continuously remediates the security issues, with a guarantee that within 12 months you will be able to accelerate your average time to remediation. In addition, we provide security reports, guidance on remediation, proactive maintenance, and proactive policy-based security control for your applications to lessen your risk.

    Real-time monitoring and alerting

    Hands down, one of the greatest benefits of Lens Autopilot is its real-time monitoring and alerting capabilities. With a few clicks, you can use the Lens Desktop Application to find out the status of your clusters and resources and view logs to troubleshoot and debug errors. Lens Autopilot also provides a 24x7 monitoring and alerting service, which can integrate with Slack or Microsoft Teams, and a unified Grafana Loki dashboard for logging and visualization of key metrics.

    Enterprise scalability

    Lens Autopilot Plus features special services and integrations to help you better manage Kubernetes deployments at scale. With the cost and chargeback dashboard and visualized reports, based on a Lens extension for KubeCost, you’ll have a better handle on your Kubernetes operational expenses, broken down by project or team, with insight into the cost efficiency of each cluster and where idle resources are wasting money. 

    We also help you prepare for growth by providing a capacity analysis and planning system based on Goldilocks, an open source tool for recommending resource requests, and Stormforge, an optimization platform that automates Kubernetes resource management at scale.

    Lastly, our SREs consult with you to offer app troubleshooting, growth and onboarding guidance, while also troubleshooting your application issues as they arise so your people can focus on innovation.

    Reduced risk and liability

    Lens Autopilot DevOps-as-a-Service reduces risk by addressing the talent shortage in cloud computing, which continues to worsen as more organizations ramp up cloud adoption. By utilizing Lens Autopilot, enterprises minimize the risk of high turnover and leverage the deep technical expertise of Mirantis professional services staff, who have helped hundreds of customers deploy Kubernetes in production and transition to DevOps methodologies.

    Lens Autopilot timeline

    Leave DevOps to the experts

    Companies achieve the most success when they focus on their core competency. Don’t let Kubernetes and DevOps become major distractions that eat up your staff’s time and energy. With Mirantis Autopilot, we’ll scale, secure, and operationalize your Kubernetes clusters, so your team won’t have to worry about any of the day-to-day demands of DevOps. By leaving the headaches of DevOps to experts at Mirantis, you can let your developers do what they do best — building apps and services that delight your customers and keep your business one step ahead of the competition.

    Learn more about Lens Autopilot here or contact us.

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