Cloud Engineering Leader Pulumi Announces Significant New Capabilities for Kubernetes

Pulumi | August 13, 2020

Cloud engineering leader Pulumi today announced significant new capabilities for Kubernetes, including cloud native deployment automation options, ecosystem integrations and migration tools. These include an in-cluster operator, admission control using policy-as-code and Open Policy Agent (OPA) support, Helm 3 and Kustomize orchestration, a Spinnaker plugin and new ways to convert YAML to modern infrastructure-as-code in general-purpose languages such as Python, Go, Node.js (TypeScript and JavaScript) and .NET (C# and F#).

These innovations advance the state-of-the-art for building, deploying and managing cloud native solutions. They build on Pulumi Crosswalk for Kubernetes, announced in November 2019, which helps teams deliver production-ready Kubernetes clusters, infrastructure and workloads. Pulumi also today announced that Snowflake, Mercedes-Benz and Lemonade are among hundreds of innovative organizations that have embraced Pulumi’s Kubernetes superpowers to accelerate cloud innovation, eliminating silos among infrastructure teams and developers and getting applications to production faster.

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Today, the Scality-based storage platform hosts our Consumer cloud service provided to 3 million customers all around the world, in France, AMEA (Africa, Middle East, Asia) and some in the rest of Europe. In terms of evolution, three years ago we were at less than 5 petabytes, we’ll certainly be over 10 petabytes by the end of the year, and we’ll reach well over 20 petabytes in 2016.


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Kontrol Technologies Corp. | December 23, 2021

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QAD Inc. | January 11, 2022

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