Mendix Becomes the First Low-Code Platform to Support the De Facto Standard for Container Orchestration, Providing Enterprises with Even Greater Choice and Control
BOSTON – September 14, 2017 – Mendix, the fastest and easiest platform to create and continuously improve mobile and web applications, today announced support for the Kubernetes open source container orchestration system. Mendix is the first low-code platform to support Kubernetes, and already has enterprise customers running production apps on Kubernetes to enable automated deployment and continuous delivery at scale.
While Docker has emerged as a popular tool for developers to build and run containers, enterprise IT organizations face challenges managing containers at scale. Because most applications have software packaged into multiple containers and use other services (e.g. data stores, caches, and load balancers), manually managing multiple, independent lifecycles introduces significant complexity. Container orchestration systems like Kubernetes address this challenge by automating the deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers, including Docker, across clusters of hosts.
With this release, Mendix adds support for Kubernetes, enabling customers to run Mendix applications in distributed environments and support microservices architectures using the industry’s de facto standard for container orchestration. Customers can now deploy Mendix apps across Kubernetes-orchestrated server clusters via Docker containers. For DevOps workflow, popular automation servers such as Jenkins can be used to build and deploy containers on the cluster. This means that customers can now enjoy the same ease of deployment and horizontal scalability associated with Cloud Foundry on virtually any PaaS stack. This includes commercial PaaS solutions and Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) offerings, as well as frameworks that enterprises may assemble themselves using Docker and Kubernetes. Mendix support for Kubernetes includes a set of how-to’s as well as a Jenkins/Kubernetes reference implementation running on Azure Container Services.
“Since adopting Mendix, Enexis has delivered more than 50 apps into production. This year, we are implementing a multi-cloud strategy to sustain that velocity at scale,” said Gert-Jan van Gisteren, Enterprise Architect, Enexis groep. “Part of our strategy is containerization of stateless applications to ensure elastic scalability, full control, and reduction of infrastructure costs. Kubernetes fits seamlessly in our CI/CD pipelines (Gitlab, Artifactory, Ansible Tower), allowing us to deploy, monitor, and manage our mission-critical Mendix applications quickly, reliably, and at low cost.”
Mendix Continues to Set the Standard for Enterprise-Ready Low-Code Cloud Platforms
Mendix was built from the ground up as a cloud-native app platform. Consistently recognized by leading analysts for its cloud-native architecture, the company has been at the forefront of leveraging open and complementary cloud technologies to offer enterprises unrivaled multi-cloud deployment, portability, scalability, and high availability:
“The trends of greater collaboration and interoperability across open source projects and commercial offerings, and the unbundling of key capabilities of comprehensive PaaS frameworks are creating more deployment choices,” said Johan den Haan, CTO, Mendix. “The only Low-Code Platform with a sophisticated, cloud-native architecture and deep support for the open cloud ecosystem, Mendix supports the broadest range of deployment scenarios. From the fully managed public Mendix Cloud, to a Cloud Foundry or Docker/Kubernetes-based PaaS, to a customized CI/CD and container stack using tools like Docker, Kubernetes, and Jenkins, Mendix uniquely gives enterprises a spectrum of choices to balance simplicity and control based upon their business and operational requirements.”
Mendix support for Kubernetes is generally available.
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