Mirantis announced a partnership with Docker to enable Docker Desktop users to quickly start a K0s Kubernetes cluster on the local desktop and use Lens, the leading Kubernetes IDE (integrated development environment) to simplify Kubernetes.
Recently, Docker announced the launch of an extensions API (application programming interface) called Docker Extensions that allows partners to extend the capabilities of Docker Desktop with additional capabilities for developers. With this announcement, Mirantis is introducing an extension that brings the simplicity of Lens Kubernetes and the ease of use of K0s and its features directly to Docker Desktop users.
“It brings together two hugely popular technologies and integrates Lens features for Docker Desktop users who are increasingly working in Kubernetes,” said Miska Kaipiainen, vice president of engineering at Mirantis. “It gives them easy access to a Kubernetes cluster while still working in their familiar Docker Desktop.”
Now, millions of Docker Desktop developers can take advantage of a lightweight K0s-based Kubernetes cluster, optimized for development workloads, running in Docker Desktop powered by Lens.
“Developers simply want to build and deploy their applications without worrying about the underlying infrastructure, including Kubernetes,” said Adrian Ionel, CEO and co-founder of Mirantis. “Docker Desktop easily connects them to the Lens desktop, where they get complete situational awareness of all their Kubernetes deployments – both on the desktop and anywhere else, eliminating complexity and giving them the full value of Kubernetes. With the Docker Desktop Extensions API, we empower developers to build and deploy their apps quickly and easily, without worrying about infrastructure.
Docker Desktop runs on Linux, macOS, and Windows machines and is used to build and share containerized applications and microservices.
“Docker is obsessed with developer usability and is committed to closing and improving the developer experience gap,” said Jake Levirne, product manager at Docker. “We welcome Mirantis to the Docker Extension marketplace, expanding the applications and capabilities available to millions of registered Docker developers.”
With over 5 million downloads, over 600,000 users, and 17,500 stars on GitHub, open-source Lens is the most popular IDE for Kubernetes. A desktop application, Lens lowers the barrier of entry for those new to Kubernetes and radically improves productivity for those more experienced.
Lens eliminates the complexity of Kubernetes that has hindered adoption by mainstream developers since its inception. Lens allows users to easily manage, develop, debug, monitor, and troubleshoot their workloads across multiple clusters in real time. It supports any certified Kubernetes distribution on any infrastructure. The Lens desktop app works with macOS, Windows, and Linux operating systems.