Kubernetes 1.13 Gains New Features to Ease Container Management

Today’s topics include the release of Kubernetes 1.13 with improved cloud-native storage features, and Microsoft unveiling new releases of SharePoint Framework and Microsoft Teams.

Kubernetes 1.13 was released on Dec. 3, providing users of the popular open-source cloud-native platform with new features to make it easier to manage, deploy and operate containers in production.

Among the new features are the kubeadm administration tool for configuring services and the Container Storage Interface, which provides a stable abstraction layer for different third-party storage plug-ins. Additionally, CoreDNS is now the default Domain Name Server technology, replacing KubeDNS.

According to Aishwarya Sundar, release lead for Kubernetes 1.13 and a Google software engineer, "One of the main themes that we tried to align the cycle with was around stability, that is focusing more on giving users a reliable and stable end-of-year refresh of capabilities. … We also focused this release on improving the reliability of features that are already in general availability, fixing any long-term issues that might be out there."

Thanks to new preview versions of each, users of Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Teams are getting new capabilities and options.

For SharePoint Framework, the new preview edition adds easier deployment options across Office 365 sites, a new ability to use Office 365 to host application elements, and built-in capabilities to work with a variety of web services. SharePoint Framework also works with on-premises SharePoint Server 2019, as well as SharePoint Server 2016 via Feature Pack 2.

The new Teams preview takes advantage of the latest SharePoint Framework 1.7, which means that enterprises can host many or all of their application components on SharePoint, which can reduce operational costs and deployment complexity.

The latest Framework includes built-in Content Delivery Network capabilities, lists and page hosting, which make self-hosting possible.