Containers, and the platforms that manage them, are driving a seismic shift in the way applications are deployed and managed. Enterprises are quickly adopting containers as they realize that modern application platforms are imperative to achieving the IT agility necessary to keep pace with business demands.
But containers are more than just a tool to help you modernize. Containerizing your applications allows you to achieve greater velocity, increase resource efficiency, and prevent vendor lock-in thanks to the portable nature of containers. Containers can be the foundation of a hybrid cloud environment, which is increasingly becoming the preferred option for many enterprises.
It is because of these benefits that containers – managed by Kubernetes on either open source, hosted, or enterprise container platforms – have become the go-to for deploying and running applications both on-premises and on cloud platforms. Understanding what makes this possible and how to leverage containers is crucial. We can help you develop a strategy to get started with containers to ensure that you are well-positioned to leverage the rapidly developing container ecosystem and drive value for your organization.
Open source container platforms are the do-it-yourself option. You are responsible for supporting and maintaining the platform, integrating it into the environment, and configuring additional services like networking, registries, logging, and metrics. Examples of open source container platforms include Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, Mesos, and Rancher.
Enterprise container platforms include integrated components required to build and run microservices that aren’t present in open source options, such as a container registry, security, logging, services mesh, and telemetry services. They can be run on premises, on public cloud, or both. Examples include Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Pivotal Kubernetes Service, IBM Cloud Private, and Docker Enterprise Edition.