We recently released version 5.3.1 of our industry leading Cloud Management Platform with a number of notable new features and enhancements. It is available for download now from the Morpheus Hub.
Key release features and enhancements include:
Simplifying how operations teams build, manage, and consume Kubernetes in hybrid-cloud and mixed platform environments. A core feature of the Morpheus platform is Kubernetes cluster management and Morpheus 5.3.1 greatly improves the manageability of Kubernetes clusters.
Kubernetes 1.20 Support
Support for Kubernetes 1.20 has been added in this release for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) as well as the built-in Morpheus Kubernetes Engine (MKE) distribution that can be deployed across public and private clouds supported by Morpheus.
Enhanced Resource Discovery & Management
Kubernetes administrators are now able to create, view and manage virtually all of their Kubernetes resources (service accounts, roles, config maps, secrets, persistent volume claims, etc.) from within the Morpheus UI. This includes management of MKE clusters as well as third-party distributions such as AKS, Rancher, OpenShift, etc.
Eliminating automation islands and making on-prem Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) as easy as public cloud. Simplifying management and governance of IaC with tools like HashiCorp Terraform, AWS CloudFormation and ARM Templates is a core capability of the Morpheus platform. This release adds new features to the Terraform and CloudFormation integrations that improves the management of resources with those tools in the platform.
Terraform Instance Types
Terraform instance types are a new feature that enables Terraform provisioned IaaS resources to be managed like Morpheus native instances. This enables phase-based provisioning workflows to be tied to the provisioned instances. The ability to tie a provisioning workflow to a Terraform instance simplifies the process of automating post provisioning tasks by leveraging Morpheus’ orchestration functionality. For example, if you want to tie configuration management scripts from Ansible, Chef, SaltStack, or Puppet to the lifecycle phases of your terraform provisioned instances it’s now just a click or an API call away. You can learn more in our online guide for Terraform Instance Types.
Morpheus 5.3.1 further enhances the AWS CloudFormation integration in the platform by adding the following features:
A number of enhancements have been made to the GCP cloud integration in this release to provide feature parity in the Morpheus platform with AWS and Azure. Expanded details can be found on the Morpheus doc site in this GCP guide.
All Project and Region Scoping
The GCP integration now supports specifying all GCP projects and regions when creating a cloud. This simplifies the configuration of GCP by eliminating the need to create a cloud integration for each project and region.
In addition to the scoping enhancements, this release of the Morpheus platform enables native management of the following GCP networking constructs:
Granular Price Syncing
Prices are now synced at a more granular level that includes processor cores, memory and storage.
Morpheus VDI came out in a beta version earlier this year to positive reviews from early customers. This persona-based interface into desktop instances has now officially been released for general availability in this release of the Morpheus platform. Morpheus VDI lets you access Windows and Linux desktops on-premises or in the public cloud via a web browser. It’s more flexible and affordable than platform specific options from VMware, Xen, or the public cloud providers. Full details available in this simple getting started guide to Morpheus VDI.
Morpheus VDI features
Morpheus VDI includes a number of features that make it easy to deploy and access desktops anywhere in the world.
New VDI features added in Morpheus 5.3.1
This release includes the following new VDI features:
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