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Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes

Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE) is an Oracle-managed container orchestration service that can reduce the time and cost to build modern cloud native applications. Unlike most other vendors, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides Container Engine for Kubernetes as a free service that runs on higher-performance, lower-cost compute shapes. DevOps engineers can use unmodified, open source Kubernetes for application workload portability and to simplify operations with automatic updates and patching.

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Developer features

One-click cluster creation

Deploy Kubernetes clusters including the underlying virtual cloud networks, internet gateways, and NAT gateways with a single click.

Complete REST API and command line interface (CLI) support

Automate Kubernetes operations with web-based REST API and CLI for all actions including Kubernetes cluster creation, scaling, and operations.

Highly available Kubernetes

Increase the availability of applications using clusters that span multiple availability domains (data centers) in any commercial region or in Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer.

No cluster management fee

Unlike Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes does not charge for cluster management.

DevOps automation

Streamline development and operations of Kubernetes clusters

Automate deployment of cloud native applications with Oracle Visual Builder Studio or any third-party tool. Monitor and secure these applications with tools from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Datadog, Aqua Security, and other partners.

Automatic Kubernetes upgrades

Easily and quickly upgrade container clusters, with zero downtime, to keep them up to date with the latest stable version of Kubernetes.

Self-healing cluster nodess

When it detects node failures, Container Engine for Kubernetes automatically provisions new worker nodes to maintain cluster availability.

Easy administration of worker nodes

Use the well-known, Docker-based container runtime for worker nodes, with full access via Secure Shell (SSH).

Portability and flexibility

Build apps that work across on-premises and other clouds

OKE uses unmodified open source Kubernetes that complies with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Open Container Initiative (OCI) standards for application portability.

Flexibility to use any tool for cluster management

Bring your own tools, or take advantage of Oracle's partners for security, federation, observability, and build automation.

A comprehensive range of compute options

Optimize both cost and performance by choosing the most appropriate compute shapes from a wide range of bare metal, high-performance computing (HPC), and virtual machine options.

End-to-end container lifecycle management

Manage container lifecycles from start to finish. Build and test images with Visual Builder Studio, deploy from Registry, and integrate with Autonomous Database.

Performance and security

Better price-performance than other providers

When compared to AWS, Oracle Cloud provides more than 2x better compute price-performance and 20x the IOPS for half the price.

Tight integration with infrastructure, Autonomous Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server

Container Engine for Kubernetes easily integrates with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services, Autonomous Database using the Service Broker, and WebLogic Server using the WebLogic Operator.

Encryption and compliance

Encrypt Kubernetes secrets at-rest using the Key Management service, and stay in compliance with HIPAA, PCI, and SOC 2.

Secure Kubernetes clusters with team access controls

Control access and permissions using native Identity and Access Management, Identity Cloud Service, and Kubernetes Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

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Customer successes of Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes

Independent software vendors, research institutions, and other organizations use Container Engine to improve developer efficiency.

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CERN openlab achieves 100% uptime with Kubernetes, Autonomous Database, and WebLogic Server

Container Engine for Kubernetes use cases

  • Create a new container-based application

    Manage microservices running in Docker containers and using a common API for communication.

    Deploy a sample app

  • Run WebLogic Server on Kubernetes

    Define the app and server in a Docker file—without refactoring. Use a CI/CD tool to deploy them into Kubernetes.

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  • Design and build cloud native architectures

    Explore the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architecture Center for a wide selection of architectures and solution playbooks on cloud native, Kubernetes, microservices, and more.

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There is no additional charge for cluster management using Container Engine for Kubernetes. Customers pay only for the infrastructure used by containerized workloads, such as for the worker nodes (compute), storage, and other resources consumed. Oracle manages the multi-availability domain master nodes and provides them to customers for free.

May 13, 2020

Cloud Native and DevSecOps at Scale with Capgemini and Oracle

Chris Hollies, CTO, Oracle Practice, Capgemini UK
Akshai Parthasarathy, Principal Director of Product Marketing, Oracle

When a leading financial services organization was faced with a pipeline of business change requirements that their complex and aging IT infrastructure had to handle, Capgemini and Oracle Cloud offered them a paradigm shift for innovation. In addition to delivering all the new requirements, we reimagined their operating model, eradicated technical silos…

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