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Civo launches the world's first production-ready platform built on K3s, the super-efficient Kubernetes distribution

Civo, the managed Kubernetes provider built for developers, officially launched to early adopters. At launch, it is the fastest managed Kubernetes provider in the world, with a fully usable cluster deploying in under 90 seconds. It's also the first production-ready K3s platform, the super-efficient Kubernetes distribution that focuses on speed and is much less resource hungry than standard K8s.

Kubernetes is now the go-to platform for managing container orchestration and building cloud-native applications. The main K8s distribution is known for requiring a lot of resources for even basic deployments. K3s is a new, alternative distribution of Kubernetes that requires fewer resources and still delivers the same orchestration experience. However, until today it was not previously available as a production-ready managed platform.

Civo has been building its K3s managed Kubernetes platform for the past two years. It currently has over 4,000 developers trialling the platform, which recently became a certified Kubernetes hosted provider by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Today's announcement is the first CNCF Certified Kubernetes production-ready platform built on K3s.

Built with developers in mind, a community of beta testers have helped shape Civo's platform throughout its development. Users provided constant feedback to Civo either through suggested features sent via its dashboard, attending regular virtual meet-ups, or via a dedicated community Slack Channel. All this input has been used to refine the platform to meet the needs of developers, adding tools and simplifying the user experience. Civo's K3s platform also includes a fully open source, user-contributed marketplace of applications - an ecosystem that is constantly growing and expanding.

Mark Boost, CEO and co-founder of Civo, said: "Our mission at Civo is to simplify Kubernetes for developers of all levels. We are firm believers in the innovative possibilities of open-source containerisation technology. However, until now users have not been well-served by the choices on the offer in the market today, especially those offered by the hyperscalers. They are expensive and overly complicated in many areas. Developers just want to get going quickly and not spend time and effort managing infrastructure.

"Supported by our thriving user community, we are incredibly proud to move out of beta with the first production-ready K3s platform - a fully CNCF-certified Kubernetes distribution that offers all the functionality of Kubernetes in an optimised form. This means it costs less to run and is much faster to start a cluster."

"We're currently launching in under 90 seconds, but watch this space: thanks to the tireless effort of our brilliant tech teams we expect soon to be able to deliver a sub-30-second launch time for users. For the developer who wants to test an application or provider quickly but without compromise, this is a great selling point."

Darren Shepherd, Chief Architect at SUSE and creator of K3s, said: "I think K3s has the chance to be the most widely deployed distribution of Kubernetes. The focus on developer and edge devices means it's likely be used in more installations than anything else."

Published Tuesday, May 04, 2021 8:31 AM by David Marshall
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