This release makes it easier for companies to consume Kubernetes.

Core OS, one of the youngest container companies, has a released the latest version of it’s container management system Tectonic.

Tectonic 1.7.1 is based on the latest Kubernetes, 1.7 and brings all the new and alpha features of Kubernetes to users, but the biggest highlight of this release is support for for the second largest public cloud, Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft has invested heavily into the technology; the co-founder of Kubernetes now works at Microsoft. The company recently joined the Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation that houses Kubernetes.

It was only a matter of time before Tectonics landed on Azure Cloud. Core OS is one of the leading contributors of Kubernetes and with Tectonic they have broughts one of the best Kubernetes distributions to Azure.

Rob Szumski, product manager, Tectonic, at CoreOS said, “Tectonic on Azure saves you time and money by building your Kubernetes infrastructure correctly from the beginning and speeding up deployment cycles. With the ability to do hybrid cloud deployments, infrastructure leaders have the freedom and flexibility of a platform that does not lock users into cloud compute and cloud services.”

Kubernetes is the most popular and fastest growing open source technology. In a recent survey by 451 Research and Core OS,  nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of respondents indicated they are using Kubernetes.

The same study also found that more than half of organizations, that were surveyed, (52 percent) indicated they are running container management and orchestration software in production today. “This represents a dramatic increase from the 10 percent using a container orchestration tool at all in 451 Research’s 2015 study.”

This growth means more and more customers are consuming Kubernetes and they are looking for ways that make it easy to use it. That’s where Tectonics helps such customers.

CoreOS claims to be the first to provide enterprises with painless automatic software upgrades in Kubernetes. “Now in stable, Tectonic customers get the ease of automated operations by being able to atomically update Kubernetes versions in one click. Instead of spending hours of time updating Kubernetes manually, teams save time and have the ability to focus on revenue-generating projects by easily clicking a button to update to the latest version of Kubernetes,” the company said.

This release makes it easier for sysadmins to upgrade Kubernetes from 1.6.7 to 1.7.1 without any downtime. Core OS claims that Tectonic is the only enterprise-ready platform enabling automated operations.

Tectonic now enables pre-configured alerts via the open-source Prometheus project. This enables customers to easily monitor their Kubernetes clusters by configuring their preferred notification channels. This release also introduces unique alerts around rolling updates for Deployments and and DaemonSets.

One of the key features of Kubernetes 1.7 release was enhanced security and introduction of many features as alpha. Tectonic brings the same capabilities to users. With network policy now supported in alpha and powered by Project Calico, Tectonic enables better security and control of inbound traffic to pods.

Tectonic is available across AWS, Azure and bare metal environments. Tectonic is free to use up to 10 nodes.