Pulumi Releases Cloud Native SDK for Kubernetes
September 12, 2018

Pulumi Corporation announced the availability of its Cloud Native SDK for Kubernetes enabling a code-based approach to creating, deploying and managing applications across clouds including Microsoft AKS, Amazon EKS, and Google GKE, in addition to on-premises and hybrid environments.

Pulumi also announced it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to accelerate development and delivery of its cloud native programming tools and framework.

The Pulumi SDK provides full access to Kubernetes APIs and enables execution of all Kubernetes operations through ‘configuration as code,’ the use of real programming languages for configuration of cloud native resources. This provides clear productivity benefits by enabling code reuse and abstraction, in addition to easing previously difficult operations such as complex multi-stage cloud application deployments, or combining Kubernetes deployments with other cloud resources such as datastores. Pulumi also supports existing Helm and YAML-based configuration of Kubernetes.

Pulumi stacks can be coded using a variety of common languages including JavaScript, TypeScript, Python and Go and work consistently across all Kubernetes, serverless, data and infrastructure services from cloud platforms, eliminating the need for developers and DevOps teams to support multiple DSLs and configuration dialects.

“Kubernetes provides a common container runtime across all public and private clouds, paving the way for a true cloud native development platform. Since launch, customers have asked us to bring the same Pulumi programming experience to Kubernetes apps, and we are happy to announce that Pulumi now builds atop this foundation to radically simplify defining, deploying and managing modern cloud native architectures,” said Joe Duffy, CEO, Pulumi. “Our collaboration with the CNCF will further accelerate cloud adoption and migration by making it easier than ever for users and teams to go cloud native.”

Pulumi’s support for Kubernetes includes the following:

- Cloud Native Infrastructure as Code -- Pulumi’s framework enables the use of common programming languages for Kubernetes resource configuration, increasing productivity through abstraction and reuse of code. For example, refactoring configuration for commonly repeated functions and creating reusable components such as base classes that automatically inject side-cars into pods. Pulumi also supports use of existing Helm charts and YAML to make getting started even easier.

- Multi-Cloud Deployments -- Pulumi can easily provision and operate Kubernetes clusters in any cloud, from Minikube to custom clusters to any hosted cluster environment including Microsoft AKS, Google GKE, and Amazon EKS. Other cloud resources such as databases and other services can be managed alongside Kubernetes clusters with Pulumi, facilitating building and deploying container images alongside configuration updates.

- Inner Loop Efficiency for Development -- Pulumi provides detailed information and introspection on application deployments to a cluster, improving the speed and efficiency of development tasks. For instance, Pulumi offers detailed error reporting, warnings and diffing for developers to understand and debug the status of their deployments, as well as supporting output variables.

- Advanced Deployment Orchestration for DevOps -- Pulumi supports advanced, complex service management functionality. For instance, Pulumi can deploy a canary, then run Prometheus-based health checks, before progressing to a production rollout or rollback if necessary. Pulumi can also perform Envoy configuration updates and synchronize them with other infrastructure updates to accomplish traffic shifting and splitting.

- The Pulumi Cloud Native Delivery Platform -- a SaaS product that offers team and organization management capabilities for cloud apps and infrastructure, is open to all at no cost during the public preview. Pulumi also offers commercial support for teams and enterprises adopting the platform in production.

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