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Equinix expands support for Kubernetes edge solutions on Equinix Metal

Equinix expands support for Kubernetes edge solutions on Equinix Metal

Data center services provider Equinix has announced the expansion of its neutral ecosystem of technologies and partner solutions supporting Kubernetes operations on Equinix Metal.

The move will see Equinix’s more than 10,000 customers benefit from a broader range of solutions designed to move applications to the edge.

Among the new partner solutions available on the platform are Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) Anywhere and Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) Anywhere, and Mirantis Container Cloud. Equinix has also added support for SUSE Rancher and K3s, Canonical Kubernetes, Google Anthos, VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, IBM Cloud Satellite, and others.

“Having partnered with Equinix Metal since the early days, it’s great to see their reach grow alongside SUSE Rancher’s,” said Sheng Liang, President of Engineering and Innovation at SUSE.

“With Equinix Metal’s global metro locations our customers can deploy SUSE Rancher to span from core data center through near-edge, and then go all the way to the far edge with K3s,” Liang added.

For context, Kubernetes is a portable, extensible, open-source platform designed to allow firms to manage containerized workloads and services, with the goal of facilitating both declarative configuration and automation.

“While Kubernetes initially matured in the public cloud with developer-first companies, leaders across all industries are increasingly utilizing it to accelerate their move toward the edge and operate complex hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures” explained Mark Coleman, Senior Director of Developer Relations at Equinix Metal.

As a growing number of global businesses adopt hybrid multi-cloud as the architecture of choice, both enterprise and cloud-native companies have started looking for interconnected digital infrastructure on demand.

Equinix focuses on delivering such a service, also making it easier for companies to run Kubernetes on bare metal and extend their hybrid cloud options.

In order to do so, the company is now integrating a variety of further solutions from leading Kubernetes providers with Equinix Metal.

“We’ve been impressed with how easy the Equinix Metal team has made deploying and managing Kubernetes on bare metal,” commented Justin Head, VP of DevOps, Super League Gaming.

“The work they have done on the Cluster API made it even easier than expected, and their support has been top-notch. We also appreciated the freedom to choose a cutting-edge Kubernetes networking option early on, which is now becoming an industry standard,” he added.

Equinix has been particularly active in the last couple of months, extending its collaboration with IBM In August, and deploying a new 5G and Edge Technology Development Center in Texas in collaboration with Nokia earlier this month.

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