Among our OpenStack Customers, we often get asked to explain containers – including what they are, their benefits, challenges, trends and adoption, and how they relate to other technologies ranging from bare metal, to virtual machines, to microservices, as well as how they complement OpenStack cloud platforms.
Listed here are several new resources intended to address these questions.
Solution Brief on the Dell EMC Reference Architecture for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
Dell EMC, Red Hat and Intel have combined to build a reference architecture for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Red Hat OpenShift is the industry leading Kubernetes-based container orchestration platform for development and deployment of cloud native micro-service applications.
OpenShift enables development agility, exceptional run-time scalability, full application life-cycle support, health and integrity management in a self-service platform solution environment. OpenShift provides the highest cost efficiencies currently available with full DevOps integration.
The Dell EMC / Red Hat / Intel validated OpenShift Reference Architecture is a must have for demanding digital transformation solutions, starting with development to customer satisfying delivery of application services.
Thought Leadership Paper on the Real Adoption and Use Cases for Containers in 2017
To address the current state of container usage and adoption, together Dell EMC, Intel, and Red Hat commissioned a research study from Forrester Consulting to evaluate how enterprises are currently using containers and what challenges and benefits they are experiencing.
The key findings are that containers are indeed exploding in popularity, and companies are using them in production as well as development and testing environments as they gain trust in this rapidly developing technology. Containers are viewed by IT decision makers as critical to both cloud and DevOps, and will help solve application portability challenges. However, adoption of microservices is lagging compared with adoption of containers, and true application transformation is still in its infancy. But nonetheless, organizations do report that they are already realizing the benefits of containers, in areas that include speed of development and deployment, consistent deployment process, increased developer efficiency, and increased portability.
Download and read this paper to understand the details of the findings and the key recommendations that result.
Tech Dossier on How Containers and Microservices Are Reinventing Software Applications, including Relationship with OpenStack
Modular, building-block approaches to application development and deployment are gaining traction. In this Tech Dossier, we explain the functionality and the interrelationships of microservices, containers, and the complementary technology of virtual machines. We also describe some of the current challenges and describe the most common management and orchestration tools that address these challenges, including a summary of key OpenStack projects that support containers.
In particular, we discuss several cloud and application environments that include container management and orchestration capabilities as part of their broader functionality, including Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat CloudForms, both of which are supported by the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack. The dossier concludes with a brief assessment of the importance of containers and microservices for the future of IT.
OpenShift Commons Briefing on Unwrapping Cloud Native Services
On April 6, 2017, John Terpstra, Director of Cloud Architecture and Software Engineering at Dell EMC, gave an OpenShift Commons briefing entitled "Unwrapping Cloud Native Services."
This presentation starts with a simple but important premise, which is about the necessity of getting the right message across to IT management and stakeholders regarding OpenShift, cloud native services, and open source initiatives whenever the opportunity arises. But then it dives deeper into digital trends and forces of change, key software application engineering challenges, and compares different workload deployment methods and execution efficiencies across bare metal, virtual machines, containers on bare metal, and containers on virtual machines.
It ultimately explains that cloud native microservices enable more flexible, higher performing, agile code – which can come at the cost of increased complexity, but which can in turn be simplified by automation. So therefore an intelligent transformation is necessary, and OpenShift allows us to create faster development to deployment cycles which can be used for competitive advantage
You can download a PDF of the presentation here or view the webinar session online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV0je6b8_Ck