Just Released! Kubermatic Kubernetes Platform 2.17

KKP
April 29, 2021

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Kubermatic Kubernetes Platform (KKP) 2.17 is available, as part of our relentless dedication to the innovation of all things Kubernetes. 

The big story for this release is our collaboration with our long-standing client-partner SysEleven, resulting in the new etcd backup and restore controllers that make every operator’s life a whole lot easier. The latest KKP release also comes with Multus CNI support, and a fully-fledged UI integration of the Open Policy Agent (OPA).

Let’s take a more detailed look at these and other major improvements.

Automated Backups and Restore Operations 

Together with the great SysEleven team, we have developed new etcd and restore controllers that further automate cluster operations. The new controllers utilize CRDs for backups and restore and support multiple backup configurations per cluster, as well as immediate backups.

We are very grateful that the community is supporting us to constantly innovate - big thanks go to the SysEleven team for this! To find out more about how to optimize the benefits of the new controllers, check out the Cheat Sheet in our documentation.

Run Any Cluster Networking Interface With Multus CNI

We have decided to implement Multus CNI for KKP 2.17. Multus CNI is a meta-plug-in for Container Networking Interfaces (CNI) that can run multiple, diverse CNIs. This allows our growing customer base to freely choose between different types of CNIs and configure everything according to their needs. For our early adoption edge customers, Multus CNI makes it much easier to integrate several CNIs in a single cluster and implement SR-IOV support for bandwidth intensive scenarios.

One Click Policy Compliance With OPA UI Integration

With the 2.16 release, we introduced Open Policy Agent (OPA) support to enable our users to centrally manage and enforce policies in microservices, Kubernetes, CI/CD pipelines, API gateways, and more in a truly cloud native way. With this new release, OPA is now available as a fully-fledged UI integration, enabling users to implement fine-grained access control step by step.

Open Policy Agent integration

Documentation Improvements

As we are always striving to make sure that our users are happy with every aspect of their user experience, we have invested a significant amount of time and effort into improving our documentation. We know; it was high time:).The Kubermatic documentation now comes with a unified format for all of our open source projects, as well as improved top-level navigation. Take a look at our newly introduced Tutorials and How-tos, which will help you to get started more easily, as well as our Guides for more in-depth briefings.

Run Kubernetes As You Like

KKP 2.17 supports Kubernetes 1.21, providing our users with access to the latest Kubernetes improvements including graceful node shutdown, and immutable ConfigMaps and Secrets. If you want to take a deeper dive into the Kubernetes universe, take a look at our detailed blog post. 

If you would like to learn more about this release, the easiest way is to contact us or get in touch via Github, Slack, or our Twitter. Don’t miss KubeCon Europe Virtual next week! If you would like to join us and you don’t have a ticket, just send us an email to marketing@kubermatic.com. We do have a few tickets left – first come, first serve.

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Sascha Haase

Sascha Haase

VP Edge