Today I’m pleased to announce the release of Mirantis Container Cloud 2.10, which includes both version updates and new features and capabilities.
New versions of Mirantis Container Runtime (formerly Docker Engine – Enterprise) and Mirantis Kubernetes Engine (formerly Docker Enterprise)
The new version of Container Cloud enables you to not only create new clusters, but also to upgrade your existing clusters to the latest versions of Mirantis Kubernetes Engine and Mirantis Container Runtime.
- Mirantis Kubernetes Engine 3.4.4 upgrades Kubernetes from 1.18 to 1.20 and a number of smaller enhancements. These new features include:
- Improved anonymized telemetry, enabling you to share how your system is working without including sensitive data
- A new database that reduces memory usage of the MKE controller, giving you more available resources for workloads (or reducing the required resources for your controller, depending on your architecture)
- The ability to configure the number of pods per CPU core, which helps increase density on bare metal and cloud infrastructures.
In addition to these new features, Mirantis Container Runtime, 20.10.4 fixes a handful of security issues, providing you with a less vulnerable attack surface.
CentOS 7.9 on VMWare technology preview
If you’re running Mirantis Container Cloud on VMWare, you have been so far limited to RHEL, and you’ll be happy to know that with Container Cloud 2.10, we expand the range of operating systems by adding the latest version of CentOS 7 to the list as a technology preview.
CentOS is tremendously popular among enterprise customers, and it is a valuable addition to the Container Cloud portfolio, particularly our customers inclined to avoid the vendor lock-in that comes with a proprietary operating system, so we are pleased to add it to the list of available options.
Deploying the Container Cloud or creating a managed cluster with a CentOS based VM template is also more straightforward than using Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), because you can skip the license management steps. Also, if you need extra packages, you can add your own repositories to the template.
Guided tour through Container Cloud UI
The latest update brings another cool usability feature aimed to bring the new users up to speed with the Container Cloud UI in no time. When you first log in to the UI, you get hints that help you learn what this or that tab means much faster, and easily navigate through the interface. The Start Tour button leads to a series of hints pointing out features such as Projects, Clusters, and SSH Keys, and now that the infrastructure is in place, we may use it to provide additional tips and guidance on new features in future versions..
Try it now for free
If you’re interested in trying out the new version of Mirantis Container Cloud, please go ahead and try our download instructions. If you have any questions when trying out the download, please feel free to contact us, we’d love to hear from you.