As you may have read, Apcera will be integrating with Kubernetes to provide a trusted fabric for containers. This is a BIG DEAL for us and a big bet on the future of cloud computing. It comes after I joined the Governing Board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation - the recently new custodian of Kubernetes - to become more personally involved in the project.
Here’s the backstory.
Here at Apcera, we are gophers. We use Golang for building distributed systems across many different public and private cloud infrastructures. On AWS, Azure, Digital Ocean, OpenStack and VMware, Golang makes distributing a single cross-compiled binary trivial. Compile-time checks reduce bugs in our code. The concurrency primitives make writing concurrent software easy. We’re also constantly looking for ways to simplify the installation of the Apcera Platform. There are really good virtual machine management libraries for other programming languages like Python, Java and Ruby.
The turnout of the first KubeCon really speaks to the Kubernetes ecosystem and community. The conference was not a Google event, but instead was put on by Kismatic, one of the companies that is a part of the Kubernetes ecosystem. Its attendance was sold out, and had an amazing turnout of people. They had wide variety of speakers and companies talking about how they’re deploying, using and contributing to Kubernetes. Speakers came from companies like Google, Engine Yard, RedHat, Intel, Samsung, CoreOS, and eBay to name a few.
Waldemar 'Wally' Quevedo is a core developer on the Apcera team with deep prior experience using NATS in production while he was at Rakuten. While at Apcera, Wally has been working on nats-top and recently presented a demo of both current and pending capabilities. For those unfamiliar, NATSis an open-source cloud native messaging system created by Apcera Founder and CEO, Derek Collison.
Apcera has long been a supporter of the open source community. But one of the criticisms about open source solutions is that they don't deliver the same level of security and governance as proprietary commercial offerings. We're tackling that perception head on, as today at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, we announced that the Apcera Hybrid Cloud Operating System is now available for Mirantis OpenStack users.
Ever wondered how to leverage OpenStack in public or hybrid cloud environments? If you're curious, we invite you to join us next week in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the OpenStack Summit. During the event – which runs from May 18 to May 22 – we will be doing presentations about how our hybrid cloud operating system (HCOS) can be used to bring seamless and secure cross-cloud functionality.
A while back, we open-sourced our NATS messaging system. Today, we’re launching NATS.io where people can download NATS and various client libraries in one place as well as access documentation and support resources. We’re also announcing Apcera technical support for NATS and its client libraries.
So what's special about NATS?