RELEASE 2.0 COMING SOON !!!

We are excited to announce that Spectro Cloud’s platform now has a name: “PALETTE”. Version 2.0 of our platform brings additional cost visibility, optimization features, enhanced governance and control with “Workspaces” . The list of features include:

  • Granular perceptibility into the estimated cloud cost across all your clusters. Enhanced project and admin dashboards to get cost and metrics visibility by projects, clusters and namespaces; View usage and cost trends over a period of time leveraging updated layout for easier tracking.
  • “Workspaces”, a new feature that enables the association of relevant namespaces across clusters to manage access, get cost visibility and get workload visibility by applications or teams.
  • Integration for alerts on cluster health with ITSM and collaboration tools such as Slack, ServiceNow, Microsoft Teams, etc.
  • Seamless and secure access to private Kubernetes clusters in cloud and private data center environments by leveraging our in-built reverse proxy.

September 14, 2021 - Release 1.14.0

Spectro Cloud 1.14 is released with additional health alert conveyances, secured log storage, transparent cost features, and scalable enterprise cluster backup.

  • Spectro Cloud users can now push their audit logs to the AWS cloudtrail to enhance continuous monitoring and troubleshooting of the workload clusters.
  • Spectro cloud layouts instantaneous and effortless monitoring of the cluster cloud cost.
  • Now Spectro Cloud users can receive real-time alerts on cluster health at hooked external applications.
  • Spectro Cloud enterprise mode production clusters can be backed up to object storage of S3 buckets for convenient restoration.
  • Specro Proxy authentication pack to provision reverse proxy aided communication for clusters deployed in a private network belonging to local datacenters.
  • Spectro Cloud has stepped up to an upgraded and stable API version for better automation, integration, and efficiency.

August 14, 2021 - Release 1.13.0

Spectro Cloud users can now convert their bare-metal servers into flexible, cohesive, and distributed instances of virtual machines with the slightest efforts utilizing “Metal As A Service”.

July 23, 2021 - Release 1.12.0

Spectro Cloud 1.12 is released with generic cluster import, OIDC support to handle identify management securely and seamlessly, and support for AKS - a managed Kubernetes Service offering from Azure cloud.

  • Now import existing non-Spectro clusters from any cloud platform using our Generic cluster import feature. We support broad operations like scans, backups, etc. on these imported clusters as well as provisioning and lifecycle management of add-ons.
  • Spectro Cloud now supports AKS, a fully-managed Kubernetes service from Azure. Deploy and manage end-to-end lifecyle of AKS clusters.
  • Spectro Cloud extends its SSO support by providing integration with OpenID Connect (OIDC). OIDC is the de facto standard to handling application authentication int he modern world. Through this integration, Spectro Cloud enables users to integrate single sign on using various identify providers such as Amazon Cognito, Keycloak etc.
  • Kubernetes upgraded to version 1.19 for enterprise clusters.

June 28, 2021 - Release 1.11.0

Spectro Cloud 1.11 is released with the support of OpenStack cloud and support for OIDC based authentication into Kubernetes clusters.

  • Spectro now supports deployment and management of Kubernetes clusters in OpenStack based private data centers.
  • Support for OIDC based authentication into Kubernetes clusters and pre-configured Kubeconfig file to easily authenticate when using Kubectl.

June 1, 2021 - Release 1.10.0

Spectro Cloud 1.10 released with support for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), cluster management policies to measure cluster compliance and perform backups and restores.

  • Provision and manage Kubernetes clusters using Amazon EKS service including support for advanced configurations like Fargate profiles, OIDC Authentication etc.
  • Scan your Kubernetes clusters to ensure they are conformant and compliant.
  • Consensus-driven security scan for the Kubernetes deployment with CIS Kubernetes Benchmarks.
  • Perform penetration tests to check for configuration issues that can leave the tenant clusters exposed to attackers.
  • Backup your Kubernetes clusters including any persistent volumes. Restore these backups as required on any cluster.

Note:

The following permissions are additionally required to be granted to the cloud accounts used to launch clusters on AWS. Please update your account to ensure that you have these new permissions included.

Add the following permissions to the IAM policy called NodePolicy if it was created as documented in Spectro Cloud documentation.

{
"Effect": "Allow",
"Action": [
"secretsmanager:DeleteSecret",
"secretsmanager:GetSecretValue"
],
"Resource": [
"arn:*:secretsmanager:*:*:secret:aws.cluster.x-k8s.io/*"
]
},
{
"Effect": "Allow",
"Action": [
"ssm:UpdateInstanceInformation",
"ssmmessages:CreateControlChannel",
"ssmmessages:CreateDataChannel",
"ssmmessages:OpenControlChannel",
"ssmmessages:OpenDataChannel",
"s3:GetEncryptionConfiguration"
],
"Resource": [
"*"
]
}

Add the following permissions to the IAM polciy called ControllerPolicy if it was created as documented in Spectro Cloud documentation.

{
"Effect": "Allow",
"Action": [
"eks:AssociateIdentityProviderConfig",
"eks:ListIdentityProviderConfigs"
],
"Resource": [
"arn:aws:eks:*:*:cluster/*"
]
},
{
"Effect": "Allow",
"Action": [
"eks:DisassociateIdentityProviderConfig",
"eks:DescribeIdentityProviderConfig"
],
"Resource": [
"*"
]
}

May 4, 2021 - Release 1.9.0

Spectro Cloud 1.9.0 released with advanced support of security, availability and updates.

  • Spectro Cloud ensures users to start, run and scale highly-available and secure clusters with automated key tasks such as patching, node provisioning and updates with EKS support.
  • Now create and gain permission to your AWS cloud account by just using role ARN, without sharing long-term credentials.

March 29, 2021 - Release 1.8.0

Spectro Cloud 1.8.0 released with advanced support for deploying & discovering Helm Charts and several usability enhancements!

Featuring

  • Set up public and private helm chart registries to leverage the vast database of integrations and add-ons.
  • Deploy reliable and secure Kubernetes clusters, without worrying about Kubernetes updates, dependencies and security patches using the EKS Distro (EKS-D).
  • Accumulate container logs across all cluster nodes to create a support bundle to enable faster troubleshooting.
  • Attach multiple supporting manifests to your cluster profile layers in order to deploy integrations end to end without having to use command line client.
  • Add additional BYOM (Bring Your Own Manifest) layers to your cluster profiles to perform ad-hoc customized deployments on the cluster.
  • You can now import and manage existing clusters running in your private VMware environment behind a proxy.
  • Discover charts deployed on your existing clusters and convert them into a cluster profile to use it as a template for future cluster deployments.
  • Enhanced cluster profile builder experience with several usability enhancements.

February 07, 2021 - Release 1.7.0

The following features and enhancements were released as part of 1.7.0

  • Support for existing Kubernetes clusters that were not deployed by Spectro Cloud to be imported into the Spectro Cloud platform for visibility, management and additional capabilities such as application lifecycle management
  • Automated as well as on-demand OS updates to keep cluster nodes up-to-date with latest security fixes and enhancements.
  • Modularize cluster profiles as Core Infra, Add-on, and Full profiles; Apply multiple add-on profiles to a cluster.
  • Optimize AWS cloud cost utilizing spot instance pricing for cluster worker node pools.
  • Selectively upgrade on-premise Spectro Cloud instance to a desired version, as opposed to always having to upgrade to the latest version.

December 23, 2020 - Hotfix 1.6.4

This release adds a fix for the permissions of vSphere GET folders.

December 13, 2020 - Release 1.6.0

Our on-prem version gets attention to finer details with this release:

  • The Spectro Cloud database can now be backed up and restored.
  • Whereas previous on-prem versions allowed upgrading only to major versions, this release allows upgrading to minor versions of the Spectro Cloud platform.
  • Monitoring the installation using the dedicated UI now provides more details when migrating from the quick start version to the enterprise version.
  • AWS and GCP clusters can now be provisioned from an on-prem Specto Cloud system.

On the VMware front, we have:

  • removed the dependency on the HA Proxy Load balancer for creating clusters via DHCP.
  • introduced dynamic folder creation in vCenter. This applies to every cluster, in all of the cluster virtual machines.
  • enabled support for DNS mapping in search domains on vSphere.

Other new features:

  • New customers can now sign up for free trials of Spectro Cloud. When ready, it is easy to upgrade plans and set up automatic payments using credit/debit cards.
  • Pack constraints have been enabled to reduce the chances of cluster deployment failures that might occur due to incorrect values being set.
  • Compatibility for Portworx version 2.6.1, Calico version 3.16, and for newer versions for Kubernetes.

December 03, 2020 - Hotfix 1.5.7

In this hotfix, we added:

  • Compatibility for Calico 3.16.
  • The on-prem version now allows specifying CIDR for pods to allocate them an exclusive IP range.
  • It also allows allocating an IP range in the CIDR format exclusive to the service clusters.

The IP ranges for the pods, service clusters, and your IP network must not overlap with one another. This hotfix provides options to prevent node creation errors due to IP conflicts.

November 05, 2020 - Hotfixes 1.5.1 through 1.5.6

A host of hotfixes were applied for a smoother on-premise operation:

VersionFeature
1.5.6Added improvements for faster kCh usage calculation.
1.5.5Patched the govc vm.info command to allow spaces in datacenter names.
1.5.4Changes to use client updates instead of patches for vendorcrd installations.
1.5.3Improved resource utilization by deleting a machine when a node is not available.
1.5.2Updates to keep sessions alive for SOAP and REST clients using the keepalive command.
1.5.1Fixed a bug that caused a trailing line to be added in the vsphere.conf file.

October 23, 2020 - Release 1.5.0

The 1.5.0 release of the Spectro Cloud platform consists of the following features and enhancements:

  • On-Premise version of the Spectro Cloud platform for deployment into private VMWare environments.
  • Cloud accounts can now be created at the tenant scope, to allow accounts to be shared across all projects in the tenant.
  • Cross-compute cluster deployment of Private Cloud Gateway clusters for high-availability purposes.
  • SSH Public Key management to easily select the desired keys and share them across Kubernetes clusters within a project.
  • Improvements to cloud settings interface to simplify the creation of multiple failure domains during cluster provisioning.

September 10, 2020 - Release 1.2.0

With release 1.2.0, users get more control and added support:

  • Users can now access Kubernetes cluster certificates and renew them.
  • For VMware, multi-domain support for private gateways is now available.
  • Also for VMware, layout changes have been made to improve usability.

August 21, 2020 - Release 1.1.0

Release 1.1.0 is all about enhancing the user experience, providing tighter controls on clusters, and important bug fixes.

  • On the UI side, the login has been made faster. Additionally, users can now set up alerts to monitor cluster health. A Revert to default values button for cluster profiles is added.
  • Clusters are easier to launch with the Copy from Master button; bad deployments are now prevented for certain instances; scaling is easier with the Scale Strategy.
  • Private gateways can now be provisioned on static IPs with greater control on IP allocation using IP pools.
  • Updates to the CLI tool include more flags to the PUSH command for forcibly overwriting registry packs.
  • Bug Fixes: BET-806 related to SSO login and BET-403 related to validation of dependencies for availability zones have been resolved.

July 3, 2020 - Release 1.0.2

  • Minor bug fixes for release 1.0.1.
  • Updates to the orchestration engine for the new regions.
  • Minor updates to the Istio integration.

July 3, 2020 - Release 1.0.1

  • New Regions for AWS -> Spectro Cloud is now available for deploying AWS clusters in the European regions.
  • Changes to the pricing structures -> more usage = lesser price per kCh.

June 23, 2020 - Release 1.0

The following features are included as part of Spectro Cloud 1.0:

  • Multi cluster deployment and lifecycle management of Kubernetes clusters across multiple cloud environments - AWS, Azure, and VMWare.
  • Security-hardened, compliant, and conformant Kubernetes clusters out of the box.
  • Cluster construction templates called Cluster Profiles.
  • Platform extensibility through custom integration packs.
  • Grouping of clusters logically into Projects for governance and control.
  • Rich set of enterprise features such as granular RBAC, Single Sign-on, detailed Audit logs, etc.

Known Issues

  • BET-1491: Portworx currently does not support Kubernetes version 1.19. This results in a failure to bring up the Stork scheduler pod.
  • BET-1472: In the Enterprise Mode, deleting a node in an Enterprise cluster renders the cluster unusable due to an in-tree limitation.
    • Recommendations:
      • To prevent VMDK deletion with the in-tree provider, drain the node, let all pods re-schedule on another node, let all volumes detach from the node, and then finally delete the node VM.
      • This issue is resolved with vSphere 67u3 and a new CSI driver.
      • A related issue might occur where a persistent volume might not attach to a new node.
  • BET-1461: For AWS clusters, when the Static VPC option is used, clusters might not complete provisioning. This bug will be patched in subsequent releases.
  • BET-768: On the Azure cloud, the choice of Availability Zones (AZ) may be ignored if the selected AZs do not support the requested VM size. Non-Zoned VMs are created in such cases without a warning to the user.
Spectro Cloud adopts relevant security best practices for operating systems, Kubernetes components, and cloud environments. All Spectro Cloud container images are scanned for CVEs before a release. While Spectro Cloud takes ownership of securing the cluster infrastructure, there may be additional 3rd party integrations installed on the Kubernetes clusters provisioned. Security of such 3rd party integrations, including their container images and associated configurations, is the responsibility of the provider.