Cloud Containers

The Multi-Cloud Kubernetes Based Containers-as-a-Service Platform You've Been Waiting for is Finally Here

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Containership, the company behind the popular Containers-as-a-Service platform, Containership Cloud, announced today the release of Containership 3.0. This release is the first in a series that sees the company rebasing its platform on top of the popular Kubernetes container orchestration system. In recent months, Kubernetes has emerged as the leading system for managing containerized workloads in both startups and enterprise businesses. This release will allow for developers and operators to connect their Kubernetes environments to Containership Cloud, and provide a simplified interface for handling deployment, management, and maintenance of infrastructure no matter where it is running. Containership 3.0 allows for the management of clusters from a single pane of glass that is now responsive and mobile friendly, a first for any Container-as-a-Service platform.

Included in this release is support for the following Kubernetes resources, and Containership specific add-on features:

Atlantic.Net Announces Windows Server Container Support in the Cloud

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Leading cloud hosting provider Atlantic.Net today announced support for Windows Server Containers, which enables Windows users to package applications into images that can be run on any Windows 2016 server. Users can now deploy and scale their Windows Server Containers across Atlantic.Net's Cloud Servers, making it one of the first highly redundant cloud hosting providers to do so.

Atlantic.Net's container support eliminates the "it works on my machine" problem once and for all. Package dependencies with your apps in Docker containers, for portability and predictability during development, testing, and deployment. Additionally, isolating your apps in containers helps eliminate conflicts, enhance security, and makes it easy to scale your deployments as needed.

Windows Server 2016, the latest Windows Server offering from Microsoft, along with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008, are all available on Cloud Servers from Atlantic.Net. The company is one of the first to offer Windows container support, specifically for Docker, a full development platform for creating containerized apps.

Platform9 Launches Industry's First Infrastructure-Agnostic Managed Kubernetes Service

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Platform9, the open-source-as-a-service company making cloud infrastructure easy, today announced the general availability of its Managed Kubernetes service, the industry's first infrastructure-agnostic, SaaS-managed offering. Unlike legacy software distribution models, Managed Kubernetes is deployed and managed entirely as a SaaS solution, across on-premises and public cloud infrastructure. The company also introduced Fission, a new, open source, serverless framework built on Kubernetes. These offerings feature a drastically simplified operational and consumption model that eliminates the steep learning curve currently associated with Kubernetes, and allow DevOps and IT teams to focus on solving core business problems.

"SaaS-managed delivery makes Kubernetes accessible to a much larger audience at a time when many development teams are committing to microservices as their cloud-native development paradigm," said Sirish Raghuram, chief executive officer at Platform9. "We have built our reputation on our OpenStack-as-a-service offering, which remains a core focus -- and propelled 400 percent customer growth for Platform9 in 2016 alone. While enterprises will be running virtualized workloads on OpenStack for years to come, though, there's growing demand for platforms that offer a choice of virtualization, microservices or both. Microservices in particular require a more intuitive, managed approach that reduces time-to-value for Kubernetes projects and work on any choice of infrastructure: on-premises, in the cloud or across multiple clouds."

Ubuntu 16.10 released with Hybrid Cloud Operations and Unity 8 developer preview, from Canonical

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Ubuntu, the platform used in the majority of cloud deployments worldwide, today released version 16.10 with hybrid cloud operations, bare-metal cloud performance, the ability to lift-and-shift 80% of Linux VMs to machine containers, Kubernetes for world-leading process-container coordination, full container support in OpenStack, and telco-grade networking latency enhancements. 

"The world's fastest hypervisor, LXD, and the world's best cloud operating system, Ubuntu, together with the latest OpenStack and Kubernetes make for the world's fastest and best private cloud infrastructure" said Mark Shuttleworth, who leads Canonical's product team and the Ubuntu project. "Our focus is to enable true hybrid cloud operations, and this release further enhances the tools and platform that most companies depend on to operate effectively across all major public clouds and in one's own data center, from bare metal to cloud container."

Cloudways Introduces Industry's First Managed Cloud Hosting for Containers

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Cloudways now provides fast, affordable, and scalable container cloud hosting. The cloud platform provisions Kyup containers that come with auto-scalability along with quick-to-scale RAM, robust SSD storage, and dedicated IP address.

Cloudways and Kyup container based hosting make a terrific duo where developers and designers can launch automatically scaling cloud servers within minutes.

Auto-scalability is a crucial element for modern web apps. It lets developers enjoy a stress-free scaling process without human intervention. Abrupt traffic spikes increase computing resources for efficient traffic handling. Additionally, manual scaling of the RAM, Storage, and CPU sizes completes within seconds right from the Cloudways Platform.

Cloud Computing: Huawei Launches a Kubernetes-based Container Engine

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Joining an increasing number of companies, Asian telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies has released its own container orchestration engine, the Cloud Container Engine (CCE). Ying Xiong, Huawei’s chief architect of cloud computing, announced CCE version 1.0 at LinuxCon North America, being held this week in Toronto.

Like orchestration engines from CoreOS and Apprenda, CCE will be based on Google open-source Kubernetes platform . During his talk, Xiong discussed the growing use of containers in China. In 2016, Huawei found that 14 percent of companies were using containers in production, and another 23 percent were using them for test and development. About 44 percent had plans to adopt container technologies within the next six months...

Travel Leader Thomas Cook Chooses Virtuozzo with Cloud Provider Netclusive

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Virtuozzo, powering more than five million virtual environments as the leading virtualization platform for service providers, announced along with hosting partner netclusive that Thomas Cook, one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups with more than 22 million customers, has adopted the unified Virtuozzo storage and virtualization solution as the foundation for its hosted e-commerce platform. netclusive, Thomas Cook’s hosting provider, cited the need for the travel company to cope with seasonal demand peaks that could impact the customer e-commerce experience.

“Thomas Cook needed a single platform to manage an e-commerce project,” said Robert Simon, Managing Director, netclusive. “Virtuozzo was the only solution that could deliver this flexibility on a single platform while providing high availability.”

Skytap Advances Container Modernization with Introduction of Skytap Driver for Docker Machine

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Skytap, Inc., a popular cloud service for application modernization, is announcing a driver for Docker Machine. The Skytap Driver extends the native functionality of Docker Machine to Skytap Cloud. With this new feature, enterprises can safely modernize traditional on-premises application architectures to container architectures within Skytap Cloud, without impacting any currently in-use environments.

Enterprises are in the evaluation stage of adopting container technologies while concurrently trying to modernize traditional applications. "Some legacy vendors experiment with running their applications in containers. Elsewhere, enterprise software architects increasingly turn their attention to breaking monolithic legacy apps into their constituent parts, each running in scalable, portable containers," wrote Paul Miller, senior analyst serving CIOs at Forrester, in a May 2016 brief titled, "Brief: Why The CIO Must Care About Containers."


What to Expect From IoT, Cloud, Containers, Other Tech Sectors in 2016

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Yes, we know: The window of opportunity—mid-December to mid-January—is closing for IT publications to publish interesting and/or thought-provoking predictions for the year ahead. We at eWEEK have published during the last several weeks a number of articles and slide shows that look back at last year and ahead to what 2016 will bring, talking about the different sectors of IT and even looking at prospects for the more distant future.

They always seem to spur imaginations. However, looking through our substantial bank of submissions, we found that there are still a few compelling ones that didn't make it into print earlier and that are thought-provoking enough to use here. Topic areas that seem to be consistent among predictors for 2016 are security issues (always), the rise of the Internet of things (IoT), the rapid increase in the deployment of container-based systems and the continued skyrocketing amount of data in general. Contributors to this eWEEK slide show include thought leaders from several industry sectors...

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Google sharpens its container-focused cloud products for battle

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Google unveiled some major enhancements to its container-focused cloud offerings on Tuesday to take advantage of new open-source developments and boost the performance of its products in a competitive market. Google Container Engine, a service based on the Kubernetes open-source project that manages clusters and orchestrates Docker containers in Google's cloud, now has the latest updates to Kubernetes.

Those enhancements came out on Monday, so it's a quick turnaround. The upgrades include support for horizontal pod autoscaling, which is a fancy term for a feature that scales up resources to smooth out performance during periods of high demand. Container Engine also gets a new networking system that reduces latency, cuts down on CPU overhead and improves reliability...