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Mirantis has announced version 5 of its Lens IDE for Kubernetes clusters. The new version features several improvements that should simplify team collaboration and make the IDE more personal.

The most important new feature in Lens 5 is Lens Spaces. This is a cloud service that allows teams to collaborate within the cloud. Admins can easily organize, access and share clusters no matter where they are working at the time.


Mirantis has also added a centralised catalog, where users can reach all clusters, services, tools, pipelines, automations and other resources within a development project. This should make it easier to add new developers to a team and make existing developers more productive.

More opportunities to work in the cloud

“The trends in computing and modern software development are to empower developers, and move to the cloud,” said Miska Kaipiainen, principal of Lens IDE and senior director of engineering at Mirantis. “We already have a wide spectrum of cloud-native technologies to support these trends and Kubernetes is at the center of gravity pulling it all together. While running and operating Kubernetes workloads is becoming easier, development is very complicated and adoption is slow. We are on a mission to change that. Not just for Kubernetes but everything around it.”


Mirantis has also added a Hotbar to the IDE. This allows developers to set up their own workflows and automations within the desktop application. Items created in the Hotbar can be assigned their own label, colour and icon, making them easy to find. The order of the items can also be changed according to the user’s preferences.


Lens 5 will be released this summer. Users who want to get started with the IDE today can try out the beta version. More information can be found on the Lens website.

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