Spectro Cloud Manages Kubernetes at the Edge
March 16, 2022
Cloud introduced its Palette Edge platform, extending the Palette Real
Metal architecture released last year. The offering sets a new industry
standard for comprehensive management of Kubernetes on edge locations at
the scale businesses require.
Spectro Cloud’s core Palette platform is a modern approach to Kubernetes
management, enabling organizations to easily manage the complete full
stack of any combination of new or existing K8s cluster. Palette goes
beyond the mere K8s infrastructure. It includes the operating system and
application services across virtualized or bare metal data centers,
public clouds and now edge locations.
Palette differentiates Spectro Cloud from its competitors by addressing
the challenges of today’s collection of disaggregated open source and
commercial technologies and offerings for the edge through providing a
next-generation platform that delivers centralized and automated
Kubernetes lifecycle management. The platform’s architecture is based on
decentralized orchestration and policy enforcement to enable virtually
infinite scale without affecting performance.
Launched last year, Palette’s Real Metal architecture provides an
integrated set of features, optimized to address the unique challenges
of managing bare metal environments in conventional and “near edge” data
centers. The architecture leverages open source technologies, such as
CNCF’s Cluster API, Canonical “Metal-as-a-Service” (MAAS) and Spectro
Cloud’s open-sourced Cluster API MAAS provider.
Palette Edge is a result of extending the core Palette platform and its
Real Metal architecture to meet the specific needs of edge solution
delivery and management.
It directly addresses the lack of an effective commercial solution, and
offers cost-efficient, centralized management at scale for unsupervised
edge locations, based on heterogeneous K8s distributions that run on
bare metal single-server configuration. The solution significantly
reduces the IT skills required for organizations to deliver modern
applications at the edge.
"Automation at scale can be one of the greatest challenges for edge
deployments, which can span hundreds or thousands of sites," said Dave
McCarthy, IDC vice president of cloud and infrastructure services. "Spectro
Cloud is helping its customers reduce the complexity of extending
multicloud environments to the edge."
Palette Edge addresses these challenges by enabling IT and DevOps
Add edge devices easily and quickly with a “plug-and-play” approach;
Scale to virtually any number of K8s edge locations, without limits or
performance deprivation, due to local at-cluster enforcement of
Perform rolling upgrades even with single-server edge configurations,
with no impact to the availability, due to a unique failsafe,
Run both containerized and virtualized workloads on x86 and ARM-based
edge devices; and,
Deploy pre-validated and curated K8s stacks comprising any combination
of distribution, operating system and add-on application services, while
managing them consistently across day 0, day 1 and day 2 operations via
a single control point and cloud-like experience.
developers and operations teams to centrally, and therefore
consistently, deploy and operate Kubernetes application stacks at edge
locations with Spectro Cloud’s heterogeneous server, storage and network
equipment and configurations is a big deal,” said Torsten Volk, managing
research director at Enterprise Management Associates. “Palette Edge
brings declarative full stack application management to the edge, but
leaves the heavy lifting to the Kubernetes edge clusters themselves.
This enables organizations to push out self-managed Kubernetes apps,
with infrastructure teams managing centralized cluster profiles that
tell each Kubernetes cluster what to do. This is very exciting, as it
constitutes the foundation for the mass adoption of edge Kubernetes that
could open up many new use cases that could significantly move the
needle for many organizations.”
Palette Edge is purpose-built to support today’s edge use cases such as
Internet of Things device management and orchestration, data ingestion,
streaming, analytics and AI inference to support a variety of industries
including telecommunications, hospitality, retail, food and beverage,
energy, and oil and gas and health care.
“Bare metal K8s in the data center and at the edge are use cases that
share the same main concept, but have important differences,” said
Spectro Cloud co-founder and CEO Tenry Fu. “Edge for our customers often
means single-server, unsupervised locations with limited connectivity.
We designed an architecture that can now treat edge locations as almost
autonomous, with local 'at cluster' policy enforcement, rolling updates
and support for any workload. This significantly reduces the operational
risk and cost, while also enabling scaling to thousands of clusters
without diminishing performance. No other solution does that.”