Apprenda, a provider of cloud software, has acquired Kismatic, a company that offers Kubernetes support to enterprise customers. With this acquisition, Apprenda has also launched a new Kubernetes distribution, along with new enterprise support subscriptions available to any company using the Kubernetes container management system.\n\n\nDespite being a relatively new technology, \u201cpeople are running Kubernetes to power microservices, highly trafficked Web properties, and as a foundation for appliances focused on cloud infrastructure build outs. It\u2019s being used in both medium-sized and large enterprises alike, including many Fortune 500 companies,\u201d said Sinclair Schuller, CEO, and co-founder of Apprenda in an email.\n\n\nCompanies like Apprenda help those companies in running Kubernetes. Schuller goes on to say that there is tremendous confidence in Kubernetes. \u201cWe aren\u2019t at liberty to name deployments, but we can confirm that we\u2019ve worked directly with Fortune 500 companies in a number of segments on Kubernetes-oriented strategies.\u201d\n\n\n[ Also on CIO.com: Containers vs. virtual machines: How to tell which is the right choice for your enterprise ]\n\nAnd with the Kismatic acquisition Apprenda has strengthened its position as a cloud player. Schuller said, \u201cOur Kismatic acquisition strengthens our cloud portfolio by giving us an offering to address the specific pain points experienced at an application project level rather than at the scope of a company\u2019s broader developer community and application portfolio. The real strength in our cloud portfolio is how the Apprenda Cloud Platform and Apprenda Kismatic offerings complement each other. Developers who use Kismatic are using a technology stack compatible with the Cloud Platform, allowing those developers to easily leverage the Cloud Platform with no friction once their organization decides to use it enterprise-wide.\u201d\n\n\nPost-acquisition Patrick Reilly, CEO and founder of Kismatic and governing board member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, will become Apprenda\u2019s corporate CTO and lead its Kubernetes strategy.\n\n\nKismatic\u2019s existing customers don\u2019t have to worry as Apprenda said they will continue to:\n\n\n\n\nSupport subscriptions that provide Kubernetes users with guaranteed SLAs for production and non-production Kubernetes instances\n\n\nOffer professional services that help customers define and extend cloud strategies related to containers and Kubernetes\n\n\nProvide tooling related to Kubernetes and its intersection with the Apprenda platform including Kubernetes enterprise plugins for identity management (LDAP\/Active Directory), Kerberos authentication, and rich auditing for heavily regulated industries.\n\n\n\n\nHowever, being a relatively new technology there are some challenges facing Kubernetes. The two major challenges, according to Schuller are: lack of Windows support and providing even better enterprise readiness. Windows support makes Kubernetes more adoptable and enterprise readiness makes it more compatible.\n\n\n\u201cWith Windows, we\u2019re actively working on support with other members of the community and with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Our Windows DNA in our Cloud Platform is unparalleled. We feel we can bring our learnings to the Kubernetes community by building out strong Windows Support,\u201d said Schuller.\n\n\nIn terms of general enterprise readiness, the Kubernetes community is working closely with customers to understand their needs. \u201cIn the future, we\u2019ll be working on a wide range of features to help with this, ranging from authentication and trusted computing implementations to policy based container management. The key though is that we\u2019ll be doing this while remaining true to the mainline Kubernetes open-source branch and supporting standard OSes like Red Hat and Ubuntu. This ensures that our work is compatible with how enterprises view the world,\u201d said Schuller.\n\n\nKubernetes is influenced by Google\u2019s Borg, the technology Google uses internally to automate the deployment, scaling and operations container applications across clusters. In 2014 Google released Kubernetes as open source and donated it to The Linux Foundation\u2019s Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The first stable release of Kubernetes was made in 2015.