Containers

Interoute launches Managed Container Platform at Cloud Expo Europe

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Interoute, owner-operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest and most advanced networks, will announce the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher, at Cloud Expo 2017. This new innovative approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments.
 
The advent of containers has revolutionised the way enterprises can build, and deploy software applications, bringing greater agility, quicker deployment times and lower operational costs. In the past, Enterprise Operations and Infrastructure teams building new applications and software services had to manage all cloud infrastructure building blocks (the virtual server, OS, and application libraries) necessary to create their application development environment. Using a container based approach enterprise developers can now focus on writing applications and deploying the code straight into a container. The container is then deployed across the underling Interoute cloud infrastructure dramatically improving the time to develop and launch new applications and software.
 

Arista Introduces Containerized Software for Cloud Networking

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Arista Networks today announced Containerized EOS (containerized Extensible Operating System) to support alternate models of procuring, packaging and deploying Arista's EOS across cloud, enterprises and service providers. Utilizing the industry standard container development/operations (DevOps) model, Arista extends the architectural choices beyond its own hardware to support EOS on virtual machines, containers and third-party merchant silicon-based switches.

Containerized EOS

Arista cEOS introduces the containerized packaging of EOS software and its agents for deployment in cloud infrastructure with the same proven EOS software image that runs on all Arista products. These flexible deployment options empower cloud network operators that are customizing their operating environments to provide a uniform workflow for development, testing and deployment of differentiated services. It enables the provisioning of a robust and proven network operating system across production and development platforms with a uniform EOS distribution and single-image consistency.

HyperGrid Announces a Docker Certified Plug-in for HyperCloud Block Storage Service

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HyperGrid, the Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service leader, today announced that its HyperCloud Block Storage Volume Plugin has been "Docker Certified" and is available in the Docker Store. This plugin enables an automated storage service for containerized applications. The Docker Certification Program is a framework for partners to integrate and certify their technology to the Docker Enterprise Edition commercial platform. With HyperCloud, deploying stateful applications on containers can be done in a single click while adhering to IT-defined entitlements, approvals, quotas, and quality of service (QoS) policies.

The complexity of a piece-part approach and the absence of a utility consumption model in most private cloud initiatives has prevented many organizations from delivering mission-critical applications to their customers quickly. Many IT organizations find themselves stuck with manual processes that result in long waits experienced by end users, rising operational expenses, inconsistent infrastructure, and overall dissatisfaction by business users.

HyperCloud Block Storage Service meets the diverse needs of enterprises by providing reliable block storage to run mission-critical applications such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint. Leveraging storage volumes that provide consistent and low-latency performance, HyperCloud delivers database as a service for Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Mongo, and many others. The database services in HyperCloud deliver scalable and highly available databases supporting multi-host clustering, backup, replication, and automatic database recovery.

 

Docker Launches New Enterprise Edition to Accelerate Business-Critical Application Deployments Across Hybrid Cloud

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Docker today announced Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), a new commercial platform for enterprise development and IT ops teams that build, run, and operate business-critical applications in production at scale across the software supply chain. Comprised of a container runtime, with integrated and multi-tenant orchestration, security and management in addition to an ecosystem of certified technologies, Docker EE gives enterprises an open container platform that ensures a simplified yet rich user experience. This new modular platform makes it easy to install, configure and upgrade Docker on certified infrastructure (operating systems and cloud providers). Docker EE is available in three tiers: Basic comes with the Docker platform, support and certification and Standard and Advanced tiers add advanced container management (Docker Datacenter) and Docker Security Scanning.

Docker is also launching its Docker Certification Program, a framework for partners to integrate and certify their technology to Docker EE and make their solutions available on Docker Store. The Docker Certification Program is designed for both technology partners and enterprise customers to recognize Containers and Plugins that excel in quality, collaborative support and compliance. Docker Certification is aligned to the available Docker EE infrastructure, which provides enterprises with a trusted way to run more technology in containers with support from both Docker and the publisher. With certified containers and certified infrastructure, organizations now have the reassurance that the entire portable stack is supported and compatible with technologies from other ecosystem partners. 

The OpenStack Community Releases Ocata, 15th Release of Cloud Computing Software

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The OpenStack community today released Ocata, the 15th version of the most widely deployed open source infrastructure software. The Ocata release cycle was a one-time, shorter cycle focused on stabilization, including scalability and performance of the core compute and networking services. Ocata also brought greater support for container-based application frameworks at the networking layer, as well as containerization of OpenStack services for easier deployment and upgrade management, treating OpenStack as a microservice application.

During this release cycle, the OpenStack community has witnessed the growing multi-cloud trend, where enterprises are employing a more sophisticated workload allocation strategy across public and private clouds. In particular, OpenStack users are seeing significant cost savings and compliance benefits with OpenStack private clouds. A new model of remotely managed private clouds has also emerged that makes it easier for users to experience the benefits of public cloud in an environment dedicated to them.

OpenStack continues to grow its support for container-based application frameworks and deployment tools, with Kolla (containerized OpenStack services), Kuryr (bridging container networking and storage with OpenStack) and Zun (container management) projects seeing the most contributor growth in the release cycle. Other container-related enhancements include:

Containers May Work With, Or In Place Of, Private Cloud

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Some investors in private cloud say OpenStack is attractive to them because it can serve as a platform on which to manage containers. Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the Openstack Foundation, made that argument recently and PayPal, Comcast, and other major OpenStack implementers have suggested the same thing.

In support of his position, Bryce referred to the 451 Research report of Jan. 10, OpenStack and Containers: Confusion, Complement and Competition, which cited the efforts within the OpenStack project to accommodate containers and manage them at a large scale. These include the Zun, Magnum and Heat projects within OpenStack for managing containers. OpenStack and Containers is only available behind a 451 Research paywall.
 

NeuVector Launches New Approach to Continuous Docker Container Security

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NeuVector today announced the launch and immediate availability of a new approach to securing Docker containers. With constant behavioral learning automatically applied to security policies for containers, NeuVector secures containers where they have been most vulnerable: in production environments where they are constantly being deployed, updated, moved, and scaled across hosts and data centers. Companies with production Docker deployments (or who are evaluating container-based applications) can quickly test-drive NeuVector's answer to stronger and faster container security here.

NeuVector's solution for container security is itself a container. The application automatically learns and whitelists normal behavior to protect environments even as containers scale up and down. Through this built-in continuous application and network intelligence, NeuVector is providing application layer segmentation that completely isolates container traffic. Any abnormal connections can then be proactively and automatically detected and blocked before causing harm. NeuVector completes its solution with runtime vulnerability scanning across all running containers and hosts, and includes threat detection for attacks such as DDoS, DNS, and others.
 

Application containers 'will overtake OpenStack growth by 2020'

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The application containers market will be worth $2.7 billion (£2.2 billion) by 2020, according to 451 Research.

Assessing the performance of 125 container vendors, 451 Research found that growth of the container cloud development technology follows the trend of OpenStack, which also became popular fast. However, the analyst firm said the containers sector has the potential to have a much bigger impact than OpenStack, despite pegging the latter technology's value at $5.8 billion (£4.8 billion) by 2020.

KeyBank Goes Cloud-Native, Builds a DevOps Practice and Chooses Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that KeyBank, one of the United States’ largest bank-based financial services companies, used the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to expand the bank’s digital banking capabilities.

As with many large companies, KeyBank found that application delivery resulted in complexity growth over time, with slow manual testing, quarterly release cycles and outages resulting in poor Mean-to-time-Resolution (MTTR).

VMware releases 'not cool, but very useful' integrated containers

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VMware has released its long-touted vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC), the company's way of making vSphere a fine place to run containers.

Plenty of pundits have suggested that containers stand a good chance of killing virtual machines, citing the former as lighter, faster and better-suited to building the kind of apps that work well at scale on the web and with mobile devices. VMware's response has been to agree that containers are wonderful things, even more so when running inside a virtual machine.