Platform9 Introduces Arlon
September 21, 2022

Platform9 announced the launch of its latest open source project, Arlon.

Arlon defines a powerful unified architecture that leverages GitOps, declarative APIs, and Kubernetes to manage and reconcile state of both infrastructure (clusters and underlying resources) as well as workloads (apps and configurations).

Arlon fully automates and integrates infrastructure and workload lifecycle management while enabling scale, compliance, and security through reusable profiles and groupings.

With Arlon, developers and DevOps teams can simplify scalable deployments at lower costs. Enterprise IT teams can apply consistent governance policies regardless of where the clusters are deployed.

“In a typical organization with many DevOps teams, each team deploys clusters and workloads using its own customized automation, handmade scripts, or open-source solutions,” said Madhura Maskasky, VP of Product at Platform9. “As a result, these clusters may fail to match the desired configurations for node size, autoscaling, networking, and RBAC rules, all of which are crucial for governance and security."

“As Kubernetes deployments scale, enterprises are starting to deal with a chaotic environment of cluster and workload sprawl,” Maskasky explained.

Cloud native scale varies depending on a company's use case:

- Geographic scale (e.g 1000s of edge locations)

- Hundreds of clusters in your data center or a single public cloud

- A handful of clusters with 100’s of nodes and divided up by namespace

ClusterAPI, the Kubernetes project that lets you create, upgrade, and teardown Kubernetes clusters, is becoming increasingly popular and powerful with a lot of community effort and momentum behind it.

ArgoCD is becoming the de facto choice for continuous delivery and workload management using a declarative mechanism to maintain desired sets of configurations.

When you bring the best of these two pillars together to maintain, manage, and scale the full cloud-native stack - from infrastructure to workloads and everything in between, what you get is Arlon.

“Arlon provides scalable cluster and application lifecycle management built on top of industry-standard tools in the cloud native ecosystem,” said Bich Le, Chief Architect, Platform9. “By relying on the open, community-led pillars of ArgoCD, ClusterAPI, and GitOps methodology, this new project greatly simplifies the large-scale deployment, configuration, and operation of Kubernetes clusters and workloads.”

Arlon addresses the needs of developers, operations, and enterprise IT all in one unified solution. Currently, the solution is tested with AWS with roadmap plans to add other public clouds as well as bare metal.

Arlon is 100% open source with its own GitHub site, documentation, and community.

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