Containers and microservices platform provider Kontena has announced a new certified Kubernetes distribution called Pharos. Pharos was designed to help “leapfrog” Kubernetes to a production ready technology.

According to the company, Kubernetes has quickly become the de facto standard for container orchestration, but it still has its issues. “We feel we nailed down the developer happiness factor, and we are delighted to offer our know-how to the Kubernetes ecosystem. With Kontena Pharos, companies can benefit from container technology immediately and not after months or even years,” said Miska Kaipiainen, CEO and founder of Kontena.

The solution features release management capabilities for testing and certifying releases, a maintenance tool for updating deployments, enhanced security built-it, ability to customize with ready-made add-ons, and support for on-prem and cloud infrastructures.

“We are on a mission to relieve developers and businesses of the immense complexity involved in container technology, and in Kubernetes in particular,” said Kaipiainen. “While our distribution saves a significant amount of time and effort for developers, it means direct savings and benefits for companies.”

Pharos is available today for testing. The production grade version 1.0 of Kontena Pharos will be released in May during KubeCon Europe 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The project is open source under the Apache 2 licenses and free for personal and commercial purposes.