Mirantis Kubernetes Engine (MKE)

MKE is a CNCF-certified, STIG-secured, Docker-compatible Kubernetes distribution that runs on any infrastructure and can scale from a laptop to thousands of Linux or Windows nodes

Kubernetes complexity can slow you down. So can lock-in to generic Kubernetes on public cloud platforms, and in complex platform-as-a-service stacks that restrict how you develop and manage applications.

Use-Case-Optimized Kubernetes: Zero Lock-in and Complexity

With MKE, organizations can run consistent, flexible, use-case-optimized, standard Kubernetes on bare metal, public, and/or private clouds – enabling peak performance, simplifying DevOps, and speeding application delivery, while reducing time-to-value, overall spend, and risks. Mirantis ZeroOps automation and managed services make it simple: letting you focus on application-layer innovation and business outcomes instead of platform complexity.

Batteries Included - But Replaceable

MKE delivers by default ready for production, in a configuration tested with hundreds of Mirantis customers – with Mirantis Container Runtime, Calico container networking, and Ceph resilient storage, plus NGINX ingress. If your use-case requires a different cluster composition (or multiple compositions) Mirantis and MKE support a wide range of mature CNCF component alternatives and extensions compatible with container runtime, networking, storage (CRI, CNI, CSI) and other standard Kubernetes interfaces. Most important: We will work with you to compose a use-case-optimized configuration, test it, and fully automate it for agile operations and lifecycle management. Bespoke Kubernetes without the headaches.

Automated Kubernetes Operations for Everyone

Individual MKE clusters can be deployed with one command per node, or configured and lifecycle-managed with lightweight Mirantis CLI tools. For datacenter, multi-cluster, and hybrid implementations, Mirantis Container Cloud (MCC) provides a public-cloud-like Kubernetes operations and self-service experience across multiple infrastructures – simplifying and speeding work for IT/Ops, platform engineers, DevOps, team leads, and individual developers.

Deploy or update large production Kubernetes clusters, spin ephemeral dev or test clusters up and down, view metrics dashboards, provision users, or click to log into individual clusters with a built-in kubectl terminal or Lens Desktop – all with single clicks. All fully-supported by Mirantis.

ZeroOps Managed Kubernetes

MCC also provides a secure point of administration for Mirantis ‘ZeroOps’ fully-managed Kubernetes. Imagine Kubernetes that “just works,” like it does on public clouds – but across your whole multi-cluster and hybrid infrastructure. Backups happen automatically. Updates happen transparently and non-disruptively. Security and compliance are constantly surveilled and issues mitigated around the clock. ZeroOps with Opscare Plus reduces all the non-strategic costs of platform operations, and leaves you to focus 100% on application and business innovation.

Accelerating Time to Value: How We Work

Mirantis’ flexible process delivers value at every step:

  • Architectural Design Assessment (ADA) - Mirantis engagements typically begin with detailed requirements-gathering, followed by analysis by world-class Kubernetes and cloud engineers (folks responsible for engineering some of the largest private clouds in the world). In just 1-2 weeks, our team delivers a complete, minutely-detailed, bespoke ADA proposal for your Kubernetes cloud – including full software and hardware bills of materials and integration requirements – yours to keep and use.

  • Proof of Concept - Usually in under one working week, Mirantis can build a PoC of your target MKE configuration, enabling you to test and validate the proposed design.

  • Deployment and Delivery - Once hardware is in place, just two weeks are typically required for an initial production cloud build, including full Mirantis validation and testing, your acceptance testing, operator training, and other staff preparation.

  • Ongoing Mirantis Support and Managed Services - From the moment of handoff, your cloud and team are fully supported by Mirantis under strict SLAs. If you elect to leverage our Managed Kubernetes service, daily reporting and notifications begin now, issues are mitigated proactively, and your Kubernetes cloud ‘just works.’

STIG-Secured Kubernetes Stack

Mirantis MKE Kubernetes and Mirantis Container Runtime (MCR) each have their own Secure Technical Implementation Guides, validated by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). MCR also supports FIPS 140-2/3 encryption, freeing you from the need to integrate with a particular Linux distribution to provide this level of protection for data at rest and in motion. Result: you can deliver applications for public sector, finance, and other regulated industries faster, with proven, full-stack platform security and reduced dependencies for greater flexibility. Bonus: Mirantis are expert and committed partners in helping you meet FedRAMP and other approval requirements, and authorizations to operate (ATOs).

Enterprise container orchestration

Avoid lock-in. Run Mirantis Kubernetes Engine on bare metal, or on private or public clouds—and on a range of popular Linux distributions.

Reduce time-to-value. Hit the ground running with out-of-the-box dependencies including Calico for Kubernetes networking and NGINX for Ingress support.

Leverage open source. Save money and maintain control by using a full stack of open source-based technologies that are production-proven, scalable, and extensible.

Focus on apps—not infrastructure. Enable your IT team to focus on building business-differentiating applications when you couple Mirantis Kubernetes Engine with OpsCare Plus for a fully-managed Kubernetes experience.

Integrated role-based access control (RBAC)

Fine-grained security access control across your platform ensures effective separation of duties, and helps drive a security strategy built on the principle of least privilege.

Easily integrate with your existing identity management solution and enable two-factor authentication to provide peace of mind that only authorized users are accessing your platform.

Customers are saying…

We’re happy to build Kubernetes on-premises with MKE…On-premises, we’ll keep using Swarm and Kubernetes side-by-side.”

Patrick Monbaron, System Engineer at Vaudoise Insurance

This is the best container orchestration platform. Before, it was difficult to manage all the nodes. But now, it’s easy to add and deploy. I can also see the performance in one place, which is important. MKE is very flexible, too: I deploy it on our existing server.”

We have people from Mirantis working with us on a day-to-day basis; when we are doing major upgrades or working on a complex incident, we can work with Mirantis experts and even their development team.”

Florent Carre, Cloud Infrastructure Specialist at Société Générale

A rich partner ecosystem

Real-time cost monitoring and management

Cloud native data protection

Cloud native security tooling

Application-aware networking

Cloud native API management

Cloud native networking and network security

DevOps and CI/CD

Our partnerships with industry leaders provide a rich ecosystem of integrations. Visit our partner page to explore more.

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