Cisco has launched their new Container Platform, a turnkey, open, and production-grade software container platform to address customers’ growing need to have applications run the same way on premises and in public clouds.
The Cisco Container Platform simplifies and accelerates how application development and information technology (IT) operations teams configure, deploy, and manage container clusters based on 100 percent upstream Kubernetes.
The Cisco Container Platform enables an open, multicloud environment with consistent application deployment and management on multiple deployment platforms, including Cisco HyperFlex, virtual machines (VMs), and bare metal, both on premises and in the cloud. With this range of deployment options, the Cisco Container Platform helps protect customers’ existing infrastructure investments and enables IT to run applications where they are most effective, transitioning between private and public clouds.
The Cisco Container Platform will be available as:
•Software optimized with Cisco HyperFlex 3.0; available in April 2018.
•Software supported on VM infrastructure, bare metal, public cloud; available in summer 2018.
Pricing will be subscription-based on number of cluster nodes deployed, with volume-based discounts.
Stephen Elliott, Program Vice President, IDC commented “In the multicloud era, enterprise IT executives are looking to modernize traditional applications, and manage containerized applications in a consistent way across public and private clouds. Container deployment, management and monitoring are key requirements to drive speed and quality improvements for the business, and enable scale for IT operations teams. In addition, operations teams also require multiplatform support, including Kubernetes, while helping customers address the end-to-end lifecycle management of container clusters.”
Kip Compton, VP, Cloud Platform and Solutions Group, Cisco added “Cisco is focused on enabling customers’ multicloud ambitions. Cisco Container Platform helps customers realize the potential of Kubernetes and containers, simplifying the deployment and management of Kubernetes clusters in a multicloud environment with enterprise-class security and compliance.”
Ed Horley, Vice President of Engineering, Groupware Technology (Cisco Gold Channel Partner) commented “Application containers have emerged as a top-of-mind technology for our customers as they refine their DevOps strategies. We also see a big opportunity to help our Cisco installed base as well as other customers realize optimal value with a multicloud strategy through container integration services. By advising, consulting and migrating our customers to Kubernetes and containers, they are now one step closer to freeing themselves from cloud provider lock-in. With the Cisco Container Platform, customers can now have confidence in this technology with the backing of Cisco.”
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