Scalr is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our next feature release, Scalr 7.12. This release extends our support for Kubernetes and adds several important new features.
Enhanced Support for Kubernetes
This year, we have seen a lot of interest across our customer base in leveraging Kubernetes to manage clusters of containers as a way to automate the deployment, scaling and management of container-based applications.
We see a trend of Enterprises deploying multiple clusters of Kubernetes across their environments, rather than one single monolithic cluster. This is typically due to the requirement to deploy across multiple availability zones. While this has served to provide greater resiliency and flexibility for heterogeneous workloads, it creates some challenges for IT to track visibility and cost associated with these distributed clusters.
Scalr introduced support for Kubernetes beginning with our 7.9 release, and with Scalr 7.12, Scalr extends support for Kubernetes adding enhanced capabilities for visibility and cost analytics across all your Kubernetes Clusters (self-managed and cloud-managed), including the following:
- Kubernetes Price Books and Cost Dashboard: with the 7.12 release, Scalr adds the capability to create price lists for Kubernetes, and the Scalr Cost Dashboard provides a graphical summary and detail of all Kubernetes clusters, including breakdown by workload, system and idle resources.
- Kubernetes Workload Management: provides visibility for all workloads inside Kubernetes deployments, and allows Scalr users to search across clusters by various factors including cluster, namespace, label and image.
There are a number of other exciting features in 7.12, including the following:
- Allowed Hours: in 7.11, Scalr added support for an Allowed Hours policy, enabling environment administrators to set a schedule for all applications running in an environment. We have already heard from our customers that this has enabled tens of thousands in cost savings for development/test environments running in public clouds. In Scalr 7.12, Scalr now allows application administrators to set a schedule for a particular application. Scheduling the shut-down of a non-production application during off-hours can easily save thousands of dollars per month.
- Integration with ITSM Workflow: in working with our customers, we have learned self service in conjunction with preventative guardrails address the majority of their application lifecycle management prerequisites; however, there are certain scenarios, where they want to leverage an approval process prior to initiating or terminating an application. With 7.12, Scalr adds the capability to configure Scalr with popular ITSM platforms such as ServiceNow, so that customers can leverage pre-existing approval workflows for certain environments within Scalr.
- Native Git integration: Scalr believes that all code and source scripts should be kept in a repository with version control, and to deliver the best experience possible, we’ve enabled native Git integration within Scalr.
- SUSE Linux support: adds support for SUSE Linux, enabling users to launch and manage applications running on SUSE via Scalr. Scalr has seen strong growth in EMEA, where SUSE Linux is a widely deployed Linux distribution.
- Cost Manager – GCP Detailed Billing: Scalr’s new Cost Manager module now supports detailed billing for Google Cloud, bringing cost tracking and optimization for all resources associated with linked cloud accounts.
These are some of the highlights, but there are dozens of others of features and improvements included in the release. See details in our updated release notes (https://scalr-labs.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/PUBLIC/pages/55181333/Scalr+Enterprise+Edition+%3A%3A+Release+notes), and check out our new Documentation for more details on these new features (http://docs.scalr.com/en/latest/).
Scalr 7.12 is available immediately and we look forward to hearing your feedback! Please feel free reach out to me at the email address below, with any questions or comments.
Michael Lochead, Vp of Customer Success