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Rafay Launches Technical Alliance Program and Kubernetes Extension Catalog to Tame the Complexity of Kubernetes Management and Operations

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–()–Rafay systemsthe leading platform provider for Kubernetes Management and operations, today announced the launch of the Rafay Technical Alliance program. Driven by customer demand, the program accelerates the continuous innovation effort between Rafay and its strategic partners to deliver increased value to joint customers.

Kubernetes adoption within enterprises is often stymied by the overwhelming number of software addons that require extensive integration and maintenance, especially as the number of workloads and clusters increases. As a result, organizations are struggling to manage the growing time, cost, and resources needed to manage this “Kubernetes puzzle.” To ease these burdens and ensure the success of enterprise Kubernetes projects, market leaders such as GitLab Inc., F5 NGINX, MinIO, New Relic, Sysdig and others have partnered with Rafay to provide ready-to-use technical integrations. employment in many critical software categories. for modern applications and Kubernetes environments. Rafay also showcased its new Kubernetes Extension Catalog, allowing enterprise platform teams to easily add and configure software extensions into cluster plans and developers to configure self-service clusters, a few clicks.

The growing adoption of container technology and the need for businesses to remain agile while deploying products at scale has contributed to the boom in the global application container market, which is expected to reach $12 billion by 2028. However, platform teams and developers are burdened with the overhead associated with integrating and managing the myriad of software extensions and need a better way to standardize the software development process and manage it. improve developer efficiency. If these complex environments are not properly managed, productivity problems can grow.

“No Kubernetes deployment is an island. To be successful, Kubernetes requires a number of integrated addons to integrate and work smoothly,” said Mahesh Chaudhari, Vice President of Global Business Development and Alliances at Rafay Systems. “Working with our market-leading customers and partners, Rafay has strategically selected the essential solutions to make modern infrastructure operations simple, fast and accessible, driving end-user innovation to meet business demand.

Partner participation in the Rafay Technical Alliance program provides access to in-depth technical and business training, Kubernetes experts, co-selling and co-marketing resources for a “better together” technology experience for joint customers. As a result, Rafay and its partners provide businesses with a seamless experience for top-notch innovation.

Founding members of Rafay’s Tech Alliance Program include Araali Networks, Archera, Armory.io, Tigera (Calico), CloudCasa by Catalogic, Datadog, Dynatrace, Equinix, GitLab, HashiCorp, Ondat, MinIO, NetScaler (formerly Citrix ADC) , New Relic, Ping Identity, Sysdig, Tetrate and Zenlayer. Each partner’s technology is now available in Rafay’s Kubernetes extension catalog. The catalog is a collection of applications that enterprises can use to easily choose and deploy add-ons to Kubernetes clusters as a workload template, workload, or through a cluster plan. Companies can also create one or more custom catalogs for use across different organizations or unique sets of applications or infrastructures.

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“Kubernetes is quickly becoming the lingua franca for multi-cloud infrastructure deployments. At GitLab, we invest in the Kubernetes ecosystem through our own Helm charter and operator-based solutions to meet customers where they are and enable them to move forward in adopting technologies on the platform. of their choice,” said Nima Badiey, vice president of alliances at GitLab. “We are excited to join the Rafay Partner Program to provide even deeper Kubernetes accessibility in our One DevOps platform.

“Security shouldn’t be an afterthought, but an essential part of all aspects of container-based applications running on Kubernetes, from build to deployment and execution stages,” said Amit Gupta, Chief Product Officer at Tigera. “With Calico, Tigera, and Rafay help enterprises deliver active security that prevents, detects, and mitigates risk in Kubernetes-based applications. Calico is the most widely deployed networking and security solution for Kubernetes, and we’re excited to partner with Rafay to bring Calico’s extensive security and observability capabilities, including the eBPF-based data plane. , to organizations adopting Kubernetes.

“We find that reducing complexity, increasing protection, increasing availability, and improving visibility of their applications at scale are priorities for many organizations adopting Kubernetes,” said Brian Ehlert , Director of Product Management at F5 NGINX. “In partnership with F5 NGINX, Rafay’s KOP delivers enhanced customer experiences with integrated cluster blueprints for NGINX Ingress Controller, part of NGINX’s Kubernetes secure connectivity toolset that helps scale, Observe, govern, and secure applications and workloads in Kubernetes.

“Rafay’s ability to standardize application metrics, events, and logs across fleets of clusters is key to enhancing our industry-leading offering for Kubernetes logging and monitoring,” said Akhil Kapoor, VP of Cloud Partnerships. and products at New Relic. “Our partnership enables greater visibility and monitoring within New Relic’s platform, and we look forward to continuing to provide every engineer with observability in their stack.

“Many companies have in-house tools to generate Kubernetes clusters from templates. Rafay is an on-demand SaaS solution that enables this without the need for custom code or tools,” said Stephen Atwell, Senior Product Manager at Armory.io. “Rafay offers our customers a simplified way to ensure that all the clusters they provide are automatically connected to Armory’s products so that their application developers can deploy their code easily and reliably.

“Customers are adopting Service Mesh for their cloud-native applications to not only automate complex application deployments, but also to streamline their application execution, second-day operations, and security,” said Saptak Sen, VP alliance and integration at Tetrate.The combination of Tetrate Service Bridge and Rafay’s Kubernetes operations provides enterprise customers with a comprehensive platform to simplify deployment, security, and second-day operations for their mission-critical applications.”

“The Rafay platform is a turnkey offering for automating cluster management, modern stateful application deployment, and large-scale operations,” said Richard Olver, CEO of Ondat. “Together, the Ondat and Rafay solution stack enables customers to deliver managed services based on Kubernetes data such as Postgres, Kafka or any stateful workload, ensuring performance, consistency and security.

“Companies are accelerating innovation by using Kubernetes as the backbone of their cloud-native architectures,” said Bryan Smoltz, vice president of technology partnerships at Sysdig.Rafay helps simplify Kubernetes for development and operations teams. By partnering with Sysdig, Rafay ensures its customers have access to deep insights to secure their containers and cloud from source to runtime. »

“In today’s cloud-native world, Kubernetes is everywhere,” said Garima Kapoor, COO and Founder of MinIO. “Rafay’s Kubernetes Operations Platform, combined with MinIO’s high-performance Kubernetes native object storage, helps our joint customers deliver cutting-edge innovation at incredible speed, on every public cloud, every Kubernetes distribution, from the cloud private on the outskirts. »

To learn more about how Rafay and its existing partnerships can help solve Kubernetes challenges, schedule a demo. If you want to join Rafay’s partner ecosystem, register here.

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About Rafay Systems

Rafay delivers the first Kubernetes management and operations platform specially designed for platform teams. Rafay’s cloud solution, Kubernetes Operations Platform, provides the automation and governance capabilities platform teams need to standardize Kubernetes clusters, toolsets, and workflows. With Rafay, platform teams at MoneyGram, GuardantHealth, Verizon, and many other companies operate Kubernetes environments in data centers, public cloud, and edge environments with centralized visibility and access control, standardization environment and a guardrail application. As a result, platform teams are able to deliver self-service and automation features that delight development and operations teams. For more information, please visit www.rafay.co.