What is Critical Stack?
Critical Stack is the secure container orchestration platform for the enterprise. Critical Stack allows you to enforce security, compliance, and regulatory controls for your business while optimizing the efficiency, scalability, resilience of your environment. The Critical Stack orchestration platform is the secure, automated and simple way to manage your infrastructure and deploy containerized workloads on which your company depends.
What Is Critical Stack’s Relationship With Kubernetes?
While Kubernetes is a scalable, resilient, and low-latency container orchestration platform, it does not offer an easy-to-use interface or security and compliance configurations that highly regulated enterprises expect. In response to this need, Critical Stack built a robust set of features that enable enterprises to more easily adopt and secure containerized infrastructure at scale.
Critical Stack does not fork the Kubernetes source code and we do not do anything proprietary to YAML-based configurations used in Kubernetes. Critical Stack starts with Kubernetes and adds our internal standards around regression testing, security, or performance.
How much does Critical Stack cost?
Developers can utilize Critical Stack for free, up to 5 nodes (cloud resources) within a Critical Stack cluster per month. Should an environment require more than 5 nodes within a cluster, each additional node is charged at $5 per month.
Please note that AWS costs for any nodes spun up within the Critical Stack product, or any other AWS infrastructure that is created as part of the Critical Stack product install process, are not included in Critical Stack’s pricing/billing. It is your responsibility to pay your cloud provider directly.
How Does Critical Stack Compare To Other Alternatives?
When comparing containerization to non-containerized workloads, containerization reduces the attack surface, while also providing security, portability, and efficiency.
When comparing Critical Stack to other container orchestration solutions, Critical Stack offers a container orchestration solution that is “by the enterprise, for the enterprise”. Critical Stack is engineered for complex, regulated environments (like Capital One) with a focus on providing a container orchestration solution that can truly address all the jobs to be done at the enterprise level.
For those who are interested in or using serverless computing, while a serverless architecture may work for many workloads, most serverless solutions available in the industry today are not as portable as containerized solutions. Given containerization (and Critical Stack) do not rigidly lock in customers to a specific architecture or product, customers can get all of the benefits of containerization (and most of the benefits of serverless) without handcuffing themselves to the solution.
Does/How-Does Critical Stack Integrate With An Aspect Of My Existing Solution?
Critical Stack is enterprise software, not SaaS. This means that Critical Stack installs into your AWS cloud environment. Once the Critical Stack software is installed, you will have the ability to manage your infrastructure and deploy workloads within the software.
As an example, within Capital One’s enterprise environment, Critical Stack has integrated with (or is in the process of integrating with) standard patterns and practices such as (but not limited to):
- Building Containerized Microservices
- Transforming Monoliths into Containerized Microservices
- CI/CD Pipelines
- Metrics Collection/Aggregation
- Log Aggregation
- Audit Logging
- Secrets Management
- Single Sign On (SSO)
The Critical Stack team is working to publish share-able content for these Patterns & Practices on Critical Stack.
How Does Critical Stack Support And Integrate With The Cloud?
Critical Stack is installable within all US Amazon Web Services (AWS) regions, with all standard functionality and cloud resources available to workloads running on Critical Stack.
As part of our future roadmap, we plan to make Critical Stack compatible with other cloud providers.
Can I Use Critical Stack On-Premises?
Critical Stack does not have an on-prem solution available today. As part of our future roadmap, we will look at producing an on-prem solution. Please submit any on-premise feature requests and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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