During the last couple of months we have seen an enormous interest in Otomi Container Platform. Many organizations are struggling to create a container platform on top of Kubernetes. Not only does this take a lot of skills, time and effort, building a container platform yourself does not add real value to your business.
But we still see companies who are not aware of the challenges and risks involved in building a production-grade container platform on top of Kubernetes. Maybe management is advised by engineers who believe they can do it themselves. And yes, some skilled engineers are probably able to accomplish this. But why invest that much time and money into building a proprietary solution. This made us think: why not help the engineers by providing them with a free and easily deployable solution.
The last couple of months we also learned that building a solution like Otomi Container Platform is tough and finding really skilled engineers is very challenging. And although working closely with some of our customers helps us to improve our solution, we definitely could use more feedback from the community.
Taking all of this into consideration, we have decided to go Open Source!
Otomi Container Platform offers the ‘wiring’ between a suite of open source software charts combined with a value hierarchy. This delivers both speed and maturity while still offering customization. In a couple of months, the core of Otomi Container Platform will be made available as Open Source. The core will be combined with a simple UI that provides access to all the applications integrated into Otomi Core, combined with Single Sign On. You can bring your own SSO (OIDC) or use the out of the box Keycloak Identity Provider. Otomi Core can be installed using a simple installer that can be run locally using Docker. Otomi Core will offer almost all current functionality of Otomi Container Platform including the Teams and Services features.
Next to Otomi Core we will offer a paid subscription based Enterprise edition. With the Enterprise edition you will be able to get support and use extra features like the Otomi API and UI. The Otomi API drives the core configuration and stores every change as code. The Otomi UI exposes all of the Otomi Core configurable options, and is easily operated by both platform admins and (DevOps) team members. This enables you to deploy container workloads without the need to setup complicated pipelines or write any YAML code.