MacStadium Introduces macOS Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple Hardware

Today enterprise-class cloud solutions for Apple Mac infrastructure provider MacStadium Inc. announced a new Docker- and Kubernetes-based virtualization layer for Mac build infrastructure.

Dubbed "Orka" for Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple, the new technology will "enable users to apply native Kubernetes commands for macOS virtual machines (VMs) on genuine Apple hardware," according to the announcement.

"The reality is that most enterprises need to develop applications for Apple platforms, but these enterprises prefer to use nimble, software-defined build environments," said Greg McGraw, chief executive officer at MacStadium, in a prepared statement. "With Orka, MacStadium's flagship orchestration platform, developers and DevOps teams now have access to a software-defined Mac cloud experience that treats infrastructure-as-code, similar to what they are accustomed to using everywhere else."

According to the company, Orka will allow Apple OS development teams to "use container technology features in a Mac cloud the same way they build on other cloud platforms" like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Orka plug-ins available today include Jenkins, GitLab and Buildkite, with more in the works, including Bamboo and Teamcity. And if developers aren't experienced with using Kubernetes, Orka can integrate with existing CI pipelines and APIs and offers a Web UI for easy functionality.

Orka is available today -- visit the MacStadium Web site for more info and pricing.

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Wendy Hernandez is group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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