Pulumi Adds New Kubernetes Capabilities
August 12, 2020

Pulumi announced significant new capabilities for Kubernetes, including cloud native deployment automation options, ecosystem integrations and migration tools.

These include an in-cluster operator, admission control using policy-as-code and Open Policy Agent (OPA) support, Helm 3 and Kustomize orchestration, a Spinnaker plugin and new ways to convert YAML to modern infrastructure-as-code in general-purpose languages such as Python, Go, Node.js (TypeScript and JavaScript) and .NET (C# and F#).

These innovations advance the state-of-the-art for building, deploying and managing cloud native solutions. They build on Pulumi Crosswalk for Kubernetes, announced in November 2019, which helps teams deliver production-ready Kubernetes clusters, infrastructure and workloads. Pulumi also today announced that Snowflake, Mercedes-Benz and Lemonade are among hundreds of innovative organizations that have embraced Pulumi’s Kubernetes superpowers to accelerate cloud innovation, eliminating silos among infrastructure teams and developers and getting applications to production faster.

“Adoption of cloud native solutions requires adherence to true cloud engineering operating models, enabling developers and infrastructure teams to rapidly deliver new features while also keeping cloud complexity, security and costs under control,” said Jim Mercer, Research Director, DevOps, for IDC. “Platforms that enable them to use the languages they know can reduce time-to-value and help organizations ease collaboration across teams to accelerate software delivery.”

New Innovations Include:

- Deployment Automation: The new Pulumi Kubernetes Operator enables deployments from within a cluster using Git-based workflows, in addition to enforcing any cloud policy using admission control. Pulumi’s new Spinnaker Plugin adds to more than a dozen other integration CI/CD options, including GitHub Actions, GitLab, Codefresh and Octopus, meeting teams where they already are.

- Ecosystem Integrations: Support for Kustomize, Open Policy Agent (OPA) policy-as-code and strongly-typed Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs) eases adoption and builds on existing support for Helm 3 and emitting Kubernetes YAML.

- Migration Tools: Pulumi’s Kubernetes YAML Converter enables users to translate markup into any of the supported languages, making it easier than ever to modernize infrastructure.

These new capabilities are supported across all of Pulumi’s cloud providers, now totaling more than 40, including the entire Kubernetes API; major clouds such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud and infrastructure providers such as Auth0, Datadog, Docker, New Relic, PagerDuty, Rancher and VMware. Pulumi also supports managed clusters -- including Amazon EKS, Azure AKS, Google GKE and DigitalOcean Kubernetes -- in addition to custom, hybrid and on-premises clusters. User guides and libraries help users adopt a consistent approach to cloud engineering.

All of these new enhancements are available as open source offerings. The Pulumi SaaS platform expands on this to enable cloud engineering practices and collaboration across the whole organization, with multiple editions for teams of all sizes. The Enterprise Edition adds advanced security, hosting and support options, all of which have been enhanced to supercharge cloud native projects.

“Since launching Kubernetes support two years ago, we’ve helped hundreds of organizations go from idea to production for their new cloud native efforts,” said Joe Duffy, CEO and founder of Pulumi. “Customers quickly realize that their cloud native journey is as much about enabling the organization as it is the technology and we are happy to see the collaborative power of programming languages and SaaS unleashing entirely new levels of innovation. Customers who have leaned into this shift are transforming entire business models and industries and we are happy to play our role in enabling this for them.”

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