Containers are great on their own, but they hold much more opportunity. The IT community is just now starting to realize that containers are the building blocks for something bigger. That’s why we’re excited to announce that — 2,081 commits, 90 releases and 332 closed issues after Kontena's creation in 2015 — Kontena 1.0 includes Kontena Stacks, an end-to-end solution for developers to manage their applications that are composed of multiple containers. Stacks may be used to describe, install and upgrade even the most complex solutions.
Kontena is currently used by more than 100 organizations around the world, powering tens of thousands of containers in production. They are using Kontena because it allows them to focus on their own software instead of configuring and maintaining complicated container frameworks. With today’s release, they can be further assured that Kontena has reached an important stage of maturity and stability.
To see what has changed, you can look at our changelog.
What Is Kontena?
Kontena is an open source container and microservices platform designed for software developers. It is easy to set up, use and maintain. The platform has all essential features built-in so there is no need to spend time tinkering with it. That means you can focus on what matters most – your software.
Why Use Kontena?
There are hundreds of reasons why to use Kontena! We've hand picked some of those reasons for you to consider below:
Easy to Use
Kontena’s primary focus has always been ease of use. Developers tell us they can switch to Kontena in just a matter of hours, and save weeks of implementation, optimization and debugging time on an average projects. And what’s more, Kontena can be operated 100 percent automatically, thus further reducing your platform maintenance burden.
You can start with just a few hosts running several containers and scale up to hundreds of hosts powering thousands of containers. The size of your project does not affect the effort needed to deploy Kontena platform. With Kontena's built-in provisioning tools you can easily adjust the size of your deployment according to your business needs. Start small, grow big and scale down if needed with just few simple commands.
Cross-Region and Hybrid
Kontena supports natively cross-region and hybrid cloud deployments. Your application can utilize aggregated resources from any hosts connected to the Kontena Grid whether in your own datacenter or public cloud across regions and availability zones; bare metal or virtual.
Kontena is more than just a container platform. It's a full-stack solution that includes all the functionality you need to run your applications packaged as Docker containers in production. Key features include secrets management, fully integrated load balancer, built-in image registry and the lifecycle management of complete containerized application stacks.
Kontena is an open-source platform built in GitHub, which means we’re connected to an entire community of developers who provide requests and contributions for new features. Rather than just being another vendor trying to give users what it thinks they want, our community is comprised of users and developers who help us make what they want, in ways that fit their precise needs. With nearly 1,000 stars on GitHub, we prioritize our community of developers, who are already building a fleet of apps, plugins and components to work with the Kontena platform. Our open-source status allows for more customizability, flexibility, interoperability and of course, quality.
Customer support is a top priority for the Kontena team. We can be reached via Slack, GitHub and Twitter for help, in addition to more traditional customer support channels. When you reach out to Kontena for answers about your deployment, you can be assured you aren’t being sent to some remote call center or forced to deal with an automated chatbot — you’re interacting with the same people who created the product.