Morpheus Data is moving to make it easier to adopt and manage both Ansible and Kubernetes. Its Morpheus 4.0 update, announced today, includes a distribution of Kubernetes as well as tighter integration with the open source Ansible automation framework.
Brad Parks, vice president of marketing and business development for Morpheus Data, said in the case of Ansible, Morpheus 4.0 will eliminate the need for some organizations to employ Ansible Tower, a web-based console and application programming interface (API) used to manage instances of Ansible. The goal is to make it easier for organizations to take advantage of the declarative Ansible automation framework without having to master all the low-level minutiae currently required to deploy and manage it, he said.
Morpheus 4.0 also makes it possible to view real-time job status updates and detailed log output and execute phased-based and operational workflows using multiple playbooks and brings governance, auditing and reporting tools to Ansible. Morpheus 4.0 also makes it possible to configure Ansible to run over the Morpheus secure agent communication bus, allowing playbooks to be applied to instances where SSH/WinRM access may not be feasible due to security constraints. Available on both Linux and Windows platforms, Ansible also can employ that bus to query secrets securely from the Morpheus Cypher service for storing application secrets.
In a similar vein, Morpheus Data is also moving to automate the deployment and management of Kubernetes, an open source container orchestration engine developed under the auspices of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).
By including a distribution of Kubernetes in Morpheus 4.0 that has been certified by the CNCF, Parks said Morpheus Data now makes it possible to federate the management of Kubernetes clusters across a hybrid cloud computing environment. DevOps teams can employ either the distribution of Kubernetes provided by Morpheus Data or Morpheus to provision instances of Kubernetes services provided by public cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google.
Morpheus 4.0 also makes it possible to securely share and govern resources using role-based access controls, optimize resource allocation using analytic tools and audit, monitor and manage logging. DevOps teams also have the choice of provisioning applications using either Morpheus or the Helm templates made available by the CNCF.
The number of organizations attempting to unify the management of multiple platforms is expected to increase significantly in the months and years ahead as the number of cloud platforms being employed increases. The challenge those organizations will face involves not only what tools to employ to achieve that goal, but also defining the DevOps processes capable of spanning a hybrid cloud computing environment.