MacStadium has announced a new virtualization layer for Apple’s Mac-based infrastructure called ‘Orka’ (Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple).
Powered by Docker and Kubernetes, Orka allows DevOps engineers to apply native Kubernetes commands for macOS virtual machines (VMs) on Apple hardware. Orka will ship with a plugin for Jenkins a preferred platform for continuous integration and continuous delivery.
MacStadium claims that while Kubernetes and Docker are not new to full stack developers, a solution like this has not existed in the Apple ecosystem before.
“The reality is that most enterprises need to develop applications for Apple platforms, but these enterprises prefer to use nimble, software-defined build environments,” said Greg McGraw, chief executive officer at MacStadium. “With Orka, MacStadium’s flagship orchestration platform, developers and DevOps teams now have access to a software-defined Mac cloud experience that treats infrastructure-as-code, similar to what they are accustomed to using everywhere else.”
Apple’s MacOS is a popular platform for cloud-native developers and Orka may find it’s a niche there.