Rafay Systems’ KOP Can Now Run Both Virtual Machines and Containers on Kubernetes

Rafay Systems, a platform provider for Kubernetes operations, is adding support for running both Virtual Machines (VMs) and containers on Kubernetes through its Kubernetes Operations Platform (KOP).

“By allowing users to deploy VMs and containers on a fleet of Kubernetes clusters via a single pane of glass, Rafay eliminates the operational headache of managing them separately,” said Mohan Atreya, SVP product and solutions at Rafay Systems. “Offering enterprises this flexibility means Rafay is able to help organizations accelerate their modernization journey. Through our platform, users gain operational efficiency and simplicity in their deployment and operations.”

Rafay’s support for VMs includes the following unique features and benefits:

  • Streamlined Admin Experience: Simply select the virtualization managed add-on in a cluster blueprint and apply it to a fleet of clusters. Rafay will automatically deploy the necessary virtualization components on the target clusters.
  • Standardization and Consistency: Including the virtualization add-on as part of a cluster blueprint enables organizations to achieve standardization and consistency across a fleet of clusters.
  • VM Wizard: Application owners do not have to deal with a Kubernetes learning curve. They simply provide the ISO image for their VMs and use the Rafay-provided VM Wizard to configure, deploy and operate VMs on Kubernetes.
  • Multi-Cluster Deployments: Application operators can use Rafay’s sophisticated, multi-cluster placement policies to deploy and operate VMs across a fleet of remote Kubernetes clusters in a single operation.
  • Integrated Monitoring and Secure Remote Diagnostics: The status and health of VMs deployed across a fleet of clusters is centrally monitored, and generates alerts and notifies administrators if there are operational issues. Application operators can remotely diagnose and repair operational issues with their VMs operating on remote clusters behind firewalls.

With Rafay’s KOP, users can run legacy applications with the same underlying orchestration as cloud-native applications across a fleet of clusters that are distributed across cloud, data center and remote/edge environments.

This eliminates the complexity of running two different modes of orchestration or having to completely re-architect legacy applications, according to the vendor.

To help enterprises that rely upon existing VM-based workloads, Rafay accelerates application modernization and increases operational efficiency for legacy applications by empowering enterprises to deploy, manage, and operate containerized and VM-based applications within one platform.

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