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The simple, solid, certified Kubernetes distribution that just works.
We believe setting up and maintaining a complex platform like Kubernetes from scratch is not where the race is won. Just like with Linux, building it once is a good educational experience but not for real use. Kontena Pharos is a complete, maintained and certified Kubernetes distribution that works on-premises, on any cloud and beyond!
Kontena Pharos is always up-to-date and built from the latest upstream Kubernetes, including a standardized set of essential features. It is easy to install and maintain with the dedicated CLI tool. The standard deployment may be extended with ready made add-ons for most common use cases, or any extras from the Kubernetes ecosystem!
The Kontena Pharos project and tools are open source and released under Apache 2 license. You can use it for free, for any purpose: personal or commercial. You can always find the latest version from our Github repository. For businesses, we offer commercial subscriptions with support and SLA agreements.
The simple, solid, certified Kubernetes distribution that just works.
Let's demonstrate how easy it is to create a Kubernetes cluster with Kontena Pharos!
Download and install the latest version of the Kontena Pharos CLI tool.
Spin up machines for your cluster. To keep things simple for the sake of this tutorial, let's create 3 machines with at least 2GB of memory in each. You can create these machines on any infrastructure. The only requirement is that these machines must run Ubuntu 16.04 operating system and you'll need to have SSH access enabled. Once the machines are up and accessible via SSH, take a note of their IP addresses.
Create a simple cluster.yml manifest file that will describe your Kontena Pharos cluster. You can learn all supported configuration options from the Kontena Pharos docs.
hosts: - address: "192.0.2.1" user: root ssh_key_path: ~/.ssh/my_key role: master - address: "192.0.2.2" role: worker - address: "192.0.2.3" role: worker network: provider: weave addons: ingress-nginx: enabled: true
Run the pharos-cluster up -c cluster.yml command to create a cluster based on the just created manifest file.
Configure the kubectl tool that is used to operate the Kubernetes cluster. If you don't have kubectl installed yet, follow these installation instructions. If you are lazy (like us) and don't want to configure kubectl manually, you can import an automatically generated configuration file that matches the cluster you just created. Do this by running the command you'll see at the end of the Kontena Pharos installation process.
Once the kubectl tool is configured, you can verify it is working with your cluster by running the kubectl get nodes command to get a list of all nodes in your cluster. Congratulations, your Kontena Pharos cluster is now ready for use!
While the Kontena Pharos software itself is free, we offer optional commercial support & maintenance with SLA for organizations building and operating business critical deployments. Contact us at email@example.com for more information!
|Support for Kontena Pharos|
|Support for Kubernetes (generic)|
|Support Availability||9am - 5pm
|9am - 5pm
|24 hours a day
|Response Time||1 business day||1 business hour||1 hour|
|High Availability Deployment Support|
|Disaster Recovery Support|
|Price per node||$1,800 / year||$2,700 / year||$4,050 / year|
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Kontena Pharos is a simple, solid and certified Kubernetes distribution that just works. It is composed of the latest upstream Kubernetes with all the essential components delivering a robust foundation that works at any scale. It is open source under Apache 2 license and free for any purpose: personal or commercial.
Unlike most of the existing solutions that simplify installation of Kubernetes on public cloud, Kontena Pharos works on any infrastructure: public cloud, private cloud, on-premises, bare metal or hybrid. It also features robust tools for updating and maintaining the system after installation. In addition, it is commercially supported with support that also covers the use of Kubernetes itself. And finally, unlike many competing solutions out there, it just works!
Please see the comparison in the Kontena Pharos docs.
Kontena has been developing its own container platform solution (including its own orchestrator) a.k.a. Kontena Classic for running containers and micro services since 2015. The motivation for this solution has always been to empower developers to architect and run containerized applications with minimal effort on any infrastructure. This solution has been very popular and we feel we have nailed down the developer happiness factor.
At the same time, Kubernetes and the ecosystem around it has been growing to biblical proportions. Despite all of its issues, Kubernetes has been declared as the "winner" of container orchestration. While technically Kontena Classic is almost on par with available features and provides superior usability, the ecosystem is strongly behind Kubernetes.
Kontena Pharos is the combination of developer experience you will find from Kontena Classic and Kubernetes with its endless customization options and vibrant ecosystem. Kontena's motivation is still the same: empower developers to architect and run containerized applications with minimal effort on any infrastructure. With Kontena Pharos, we are now also able to deliver this experience to people in the Kubernetes ecosystem.
If you are not 100% happy with your current deployment and feel Kontena Pharos can provide functionality or peace of mind that is not available to you with your current setup, we suggest you give it a try!
Many of you might be familiar with the Kontena Cloud web UI for managing container workloads. Over time, we plan to deliver this same experience also to Kontena Pharos users. For the time being, you can use the standard Kubernetes web UI that is easily available via the Kontena Pharos add-on.
Kontena Classic is "feature complete". it has all the features and functionality we originally envisioned. It works for the purpose it was designed. We will keep updating and maintaining Kontena Classic but don't expect new features such as support for multiple container engines, namespaces or RBAC (just giving some examples) to be added to Kontena Classic. To be honest, most people don't even need these features. Depending on your use case, there might be no real benefit for switching to Kontena Pharos (or Kubernetes in general).
As mentioned in the Kontena Pharos announcement blog post, we see Kontena Pharos as the spiritual successor to Kontena Classic. Kontena Pharos will continue from where Kontena Classic ends. The core features you'll get are mostly coming from the Kubernetes open source project or the ecosystem around it. While we are part of the Linux Foundation and CNCF that oversees the Kubernetes project, we are not in the driver’s seat. Nobody is. All the core features you will get are the result of the Kubernetes open source project which is a 100% community effort.
Please contact us at email@example.com for more information or if you have any questions not covered in the FAQ.