If you were kicking the tires on Kubernetes and other cloud\/container services, you found may have found nirvana at this week\u2019s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018 where all manner of new operational software and support from VMware, Arista and others were on display.\nTo access the growing popularity of cloud, Kubernetes and containers, the Cloud Foundry Foundation released the results of a new survey that found among other things that 45 percent of companies are doing at least some cloud-native app development, and 40 percent are doing some re-architecting\/refactoring of their legacy apps.\n\n\u201cIn August 2016, 51 percent of respondents were deploying between 0 and 100 containers, and only 37 percent were deploying over 100; today, the numbers have practically flipped, with 47 percent deploying more than 100 containers and only 42 percent deploying less than 100,\u201d the foundation study stated. \u201cIT decision makers describe their application development environments as much more cloud-based than in our last wave of research in March of 2018. As of September, over 50 percent of IT decision makers report developing 60 percent or more of their applications in the cloud\u2014an increase of 13 points.\u201d\nGartner recently said that cloud software will grow at more than 22 percent in 2019 compared to 6 percent growth for all other forms of software.\nGartner also wrote about Kubernetes in particular: \u201cAs Kubernetes becomes the de facto standard in container orchestration, application development teams at enterprises are beginning to demand production Kubernetes environments. There are various deployment models of Kubernetes, from do-it-yourself open source to commercially supported software solutions and cloud services each with significant implications on costs, risks and skills required.\u201d\nWith all of that as a backdrop, a number of vendors at KubeCon looked to enhance Kubernetes with a variety of key new services and support.\nFor example, VMware revised its NSX networking platform to include support for microservice management and security by using open platform Istio software.\u00a0Istio software helps set up and manage a network of microservices or service mesh.\nCalled VMware NSX Service Mesh, the system, which is in beta for now, \u00a0will secure, monitor, manage and load balance communications between microservices running on-premises or off, VMware said.\nVMware said that with the rise of cloud-native architectures built on distributed microservices, developers are encountering challenges with visibility, management and control of these new applications. The microservices that these apps are comprised of are developed on cloud-native platforms like Kubernetes or Cloud Foundry, using a variety of programming languages, and often across multiple cloud environments.\n\u201cNSX Service Mesh builds on the foundation of Istio, addressing problems we\u2019re finding in cloud-native environments. For one, NSX Service Mesh will simplify the onboarding of Kubernetes clusters and federate across multiple clouds and Kubernetes clusters. This will enable the service mesh to plug into the broader NSX portfolio and platform, creating a unified and intelligent set of policies, network services and visibility tools,\u201d VMware wrote in a blog describing the service.\u00a0 \u00a0\n\u201cNSX Service Mesh will also extend the discovery of services \u2013 a capability found in other service meshes \u2013 to include the data that they access, as well as the users initiating the microservice transactions. It will enable service and API visibility and remediation to help ensure consistent application service level objective policies and support progressive rollouts,\u201d VMware stated.\nLooking to address networking and security challenges in Kubernetes environments, Arista teamed with Red Hat and Tigera to demonstrate an integrated service that will be available in 2019.\u00a0\nSpecifically, the integrated service will make use of Arista\u2019s containerized Extensible Operating System (cEOS) and CloudVision software in combination with Red Hat\u2019s OpenShift Container Platform and Tigera\u2019s Secure Enterprise Edition software to offer customers Kubernetes container networking, network segmentation and security support.\nIntroduced in 2017, cEOS is containerized version of the company\u2019s network operating system that can run on Arista\u2019s own merchant-silicon-based platforms, bare metal switches and industry standard virtual machines or containers. Red Hat\u2019s OpenShift Container Platform handles cloud-native and traditional applications on a single platform.\nTigera\u2019s Secure Enterprise Edition brings a zero-trust security model to Kubernetes containers. Among its features is the ability to monitor data-flow logs for security-policy violations as well as other anomalies. It can be configured to automatically quarantine anomalous workloads and send an alert for further inspection.\n\u201cThe system addresses some of the key pain points in setting up a Kubernetes environment \u2013 that is networking multiple containers and services on- and off-premises, as well as securing and managing the workloads in that environment,\u201d said Fred Hsu, Technical Marketing Engineer at Arista. Arista said cEOS with support for Tigera Secure Enterprise Edition is available now for selected technology preview customers, with a planned general availability in 2019.\nA few of the many other key happenings at Kubecon:\n\nGoogle talked about container security improvements. Maya Kaczorowski, Product Manager, Security & Privacy wrote an informative blog on Kubernetes security issues here and said: "Earlier this year at KubeCon in Copenhagen, the message from the community was resoundingly clear: 'this year, it\u2019s about security.' If Kubernetes was to move into the enterprise, there were real security challenges that needed to be addressed. Six months later, at this week\u2019s KubeCon in Seattle, we\u2019re happy to report that the community has largely answered that call. In general, Kubernetes has made huge security strides this year, and giant strides on Google Cloud."\nOracle introduced the Oracle Cloud Native Framework which promises to help developers build applications and services for on premises, hybrid and public cloud deployments. The Oracle Cloud Native Framework is composed of the recently announced Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment and a rich set of new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure cloud native services including Oracle Functions, its open, serverless package available as a managed cloud service based on the open source Fn Project, wrote Bob Quillin, Oracle vice president of Oracle developer relations.\nMicrosoft said its Azure Monitor for containers is now generally available. Azure Monitor for containers monitors the health and performance of Kubernetes clusters or individual nodes hosted on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).