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Capabilities of hybrid cloud platform (functional architecture)

Core container platform

  • Self-service portal
  • Multi-tenancy (isolation between security zones / values streams)
  • Container registry
  • Kubernetes support
  • Knative support (FaaS)
  • Trusted and up to date base images for popular tools/frameworks/middleware
  • Host affinity (e.g. graphics cards for ML).


Hybrid cloud

  • Cloud-bursting
  • Single management pane
  • Supported for major cloud vendors


Networking

  • Ingress gateway / load balancer
  • Service Mesh
  • API Gateway
  • Software-defined networking
  • Secure access to network zones in classic stack


Storage

  • CSI support (Container Storage Interface)
  • Hot/cool/cold storage tiers (operational/archive/disaster recovery)


Security

  • Secrets management (e.g. Vault integration)
  • SSO (OpenID Connect service)
  • PKI service (with local CA)
  • Container security & vulnerability scanning
  • Automated infra provisioning, repave underlying nodes
  • CIS benchmark for underlying nodes
  • Intrusion detection


Observability

  • Monitoring/metrics (OpenMetrics, Prometheus Stack)
  • Central logging (Elasticsearch)
  • Distributed tracing (Jaeger)


CI/CD

  • CI/CD support
  • K8S-native CI/CD pipelines
  • GitOps framework, support for composite application services


Support

  • Generally supported by commercial third party vendors (e.g. middleware, databases, low code platforms)
  • Generally available knowledge/training
  • Should run on development devices (shift-left)


Data infra as a service (vision: Data Mesh; will share more as vision / use cases evolve)

  • Event Log (Kafka): for event-driven microservices, integration, IoT streams
  • Object Store (S3, e.g. Minio): cloud-native alternative to file systems; message store for claim-check pattern
  • Cloud-friendly RDBMS (e.g. Postgres)
  • Wide-column database (e.g. Cassandra): for discrete time series vectors
  • Graph DB (e.g. Neo4j): for provenance


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