Containers

AWS Announces Two New Container Capabilities - Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) and AWS Fargate

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Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), announced two new arrivals to complement its existing popular Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and make it easier than ever to deploy, manage, and scale container workloads on AWS. Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) brings Kubernetes to AWS as a fully managed service, making it easy for customers to run Kubernetes applications on AWS without the need to become experts in operating Kubernetes clusters. AWS also introduced a new capability called AWS Fargate that allows customers to launch and run containers without provisioning or managing servers or clusters. To learn more about Amazon EKS and AWS Fargate visit: https://aws.amazon.com/containers/.

"While we have over a hundred thousand active Amazon ECS clusters running on AWS and more customers running Kubernetes on AWS than on any other cloud, customers have also asked us to build a managed Kubernetes service like we have with Amazon ECS," said Deepak Singh, GM of Containers and High Performance Computing Services, AWS. "Not only have we delivered on this request with Amazon EKS, but we've also made managed containers easier to use than ever before by launching AWS Fargate to allow developers to run containers at the task level rather than having to think about servers or clusters."

NeuVector Brings New Container Security Solutions to AWS re:Invent 2017

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NeuVector, a leading container firewall company, today announced its participation at AWS re:Invent 2017. NeuVector will exhibit at booth #K45, where the company will showcase NeuVector 1.3 -- just released -- alongside a new enterprise version purpose-built for large-scale deployments. AWS re:Invent 2017 takes place November 27 - December 1 in Las Vegas.

Key container security enhancements included in NeuVector 1.3 include Layer 7 container firewall capabilities with application-intent intelligence, automated scaling to secure all container traffic without manual updates, enterprise integration, and UI developments designed for better visualization and faster implementation. The container security solution will be exhibited via multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) clusters running Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS), Rancher, Red Hat OpenShift, Docker, and Kubernetes - and all protected by the NeuVector container firewall. The solution supports dedicated cloud as well as hybrid cloud implementations.

Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Joins Infrastructure and Services Across Hybrid Cloud Environments

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today launched Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7, the latest version of Red Hat's enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform. As application complexity and cloud incompatibility loom, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 helps IT organizations to build and manage applications that use services from the datacenter to the public cloud. The newest iteration of the industry's most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform includes native integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Brokers that enable developers to bind services across AWS and on-premise resources to create modern applications while providing a consistent, open standards-based foundation to drive business evolution.

Cloud-native enterprise applications can consume services from multiple locations, including from the data center and multiple public clouds. Also, according to 451 Research, more than 60 percent of enterprises implementing cloud strategies are using two (or more) different cloud environments -- on-premises private clouds, hosted private cloud, and multiple public clouds. Increasingly, modern applications built for digital transformation rely on a mesh of loosely-coupled component and microservices, making consistency across cloud providers a significant challenge, but one that Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 helps to address.

CloudHealth Technologies Enables Businesses to Unleash the Full Potential of Containers

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CloudHealth Technologies today announced the CloudHealth Container Governance Module, the industry's first ever container governance offering, enabling customers to unleash the full business potential of containers without sacrificing governance or visibility.

Container adoption is skyrocketing. Gartner predicts more than 50 percent of enterprises will be running containers in production by the year 2020.1 Hand in hand with containerized deployments is the move toward serverless and functions-as-a-service, with adoption of offerings like AWS Lambda climbing rapidly. Yet a containerized, serverless world, for all its speed and flexibility, also presents significant challenges -- such as loss of visibility. In the shifting sands of this "black box" environment, enterprises struggle to determine which services and apps are consuming resources and driving cost, and to understand consumption and utilization.

"Running a containerized environment helps us maintain our incredibly high standard of agility of feature velocity," said Ben Chess, Director of Engineering, Yelp. "At the same time, transparency is a must, so we can measure resource consumption and allocate costs appropriately across our hybrid environment. CloudHealth lets us maximize the value of our container deployment by telling us how well utilized it is and whether our clusters have the right mix of supporting resources. That insight is pivotal: It enables us to make informed, strategic business decisions without additional overhead."

Red Hat Helps Power Big Data's Future with SAP Vora on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of the SAP Vora solution on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, an integrated solution that pairs enterprise-grade Kubernetes with actionable big data insights. The combined technologies help enterprises to orchestrate data of nearly any volume, velocity, and variety to drive faster and smarter business decisions as a component of a consolidated, enterprise big data hub.

SAP Vora on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is a continuation of the strong collaboration between Red Hat and SAP to support a variety of enterprise applications and big data scenarios. Running on Kubernetes clusters and Linux containers powered by OpenShift, SAP Vora provides containerized analytics engines and services and collects big data via Apache Spark, Apache Hadoop, and directly from cloud environments to use for actionable business intelligence. Red Hat OpenShift delivers a scalable platform upon which these capabilities can run, integrating containerized services and SAP Vora resources for a unified, flexible offering.

Key features of the integrated offering include:

NeuVector Launches New Version of Container Firewall Security Solution

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NeuVector, which delivers continuous network security for containers, today announced the immediate availability of NeuVector 1.3, the most significant release of the container firewall security solution since its initial launch. Adapting to evolving container security needs, NeuVector 1.3 features a wealth of key security, integration, and UI additions. NeuVector is also releasing a new Enterprise version of the solution, which features capabilities specifically designed for large-scale deployments.

NeuVector is the only true Layer 7 container firewall, providing Layer 7 filtering for all container traffic, along with network intelligence that understands application intent and disallows suspicious behavior. NeuVector 1.3 enhances these critical protections across several fronts, including the ability to detect attacks that rely on tunneling (a technique used to conceal attacks). The new release also adds automatic forensic capture on every detected threat, and makes it simple for security teams to safeguard connections to and from external and legacy networks. The NeuVector solution is compatible with Docker encrypted networks (enabling inspection of encrypted connections), and is also integrated with Red Hat OpenShift, Rancher, and Kubernetes.
 

Red Hat Improves IT Flexibility and Reduces Complexity with Linux Containers in Latest Version of OpenStack Platform

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open-source solutions, today announced Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12, the latest version of Red Hat's massively scalable and agile cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Based on the OpenStack "Pike" release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 introduces containerized services, improving flexibility while decreasing complexity for faster application development. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 delivers many new enhancements, including upgraded DCI (distributed continuous integration) and improved security to help maintain data compliance and manage risk.

Hundreds of customers rely on Red Hat OpenStack Platform to power their hybrid and private clouds for a variety of mission-critical deployments, including BBVA; Cambridge University; FICO; Massachusetts Open Cloud; Turkcell; IAG;Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Paddy Power Betfair; Produban; UKCloud; and Verizon. And, Red Hat OpenStack Platform is backed by a robust ecosystem of partners, including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo, Rackspace, and NetApp for enterprise businesses, as well as Ericsson, Nokia, NEC, Huawei, Cisco and others from the telecommunications industry.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 is designed for private or public cloud infrastructure, built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 is a tested, certified, and fully-supported version of OpenStack that provides the agility to scale and more quickly meet customer demand without compromising availability, performance, or IT security requirements. Red Hat OpenStack Platform also includes Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat's multi-cloud management platform, to provide operational visibility and policy-based management across the Red Hat OpenStack Platform infrastructure and workloads. Additionally, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 maintains tight integration with Red Hat Ceph Storage, a highly-scalable block, object, and file storage solution, designed for scale-out clouds.

Containers will oust VMs and storage arrays, says Red Hat

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Red Hat launches storage delivered via containers and predicts a future in which costly and inflexible storage hardware and pricey hypervisors will be a thing of the past

The traditional storage array will become a thing of the past – and so will the virtual machine and hypervisor. Costly and cumbersome and lacking the flexibility to support the unpredictable and “bursty” requirement of applications in the cloud era, they will be replaced by containers.
 

Microsoft is now trying to use Google's secret cloud weapon against it

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On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the Azure Container Service, a new service for the Azure cloud computing platform that's built on Kubernetes — a mega-popular open source cloud technology built by Google.

Kubernetes is a software project that started out as a way for Google to manage its massive server infrastructure and has since become a  go-to tool for modern software developers .

While the market-leading Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure both offer some kind of support for Kubernetes, Google Cloud prides itself on being the first and best place to use the software, given that it was invented there.
 

IBM expands partnership with Docker to drive apps to the public cloud

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At DockerCon EU in Copenhagen, IBM announced that it is expanding its relationship with Docker.  Together, IBM and Docker will be making it easier for clients to modernize their existing applications with Docker Enterprise Edition, combined with IBM Cloud, software and services.

The partnership is focused on three big takeaways:

  • Docker for IBM Cloud, which will allow customers to easily bring up a Docker environment to containerize their existing workloads and run them on IBM Cloud.

  • IBM's participation in Docker's Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program, so that IBM can help customers improve efficiency and agility by modernizing existing portfolios.

  • Certified IBM software will be available in the Docker Store, simplifying the containerization of existing software which uses IBM middleware.