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Virtuozzo 2017 Predictions: Containers Conquer Production Workloads

VMblog Predictions 2017

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017.  Read them in this 9th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Pete Wermter, VP Marketing, Virtuozzo

Containers Conquer Production Workloads

Within the last three years, containers have won over the minds of developers and become a cornerstone of an IT transformation that is moving towards micro-services oriented architectures. For a new class of cloud-native, server side applications, container based runtime environments are poised to become the new default. The benefits of containers are now clear not only for developers, but also for InfoSec, Ops, IT teams and CTOs.

However, bringing containers into real production environments exposes a lot of unsolved issues and gaps, including security.

The fact is that de-facto standard and open-sourced CNCF container orchestration systems have no singular owner. This makes it extremely difficult to build and support full, production-ready container environments, which can be assembled from different open-source projects and proprietary components - a complex task even for container industry pioneers.

At Virtuozzo, we believe 2017 marks the year that vendors should strive to bridge the gap between IT and the emerging container world. Utilizing the technology, tools and processes invented by the most efficient and innovative companies for use in modern enterprise environments will open the doors for the widespread adoption of containers.

As you examine bringing containers into production today or in the future, here are some key tips for success:

1) Adopt container production hygiene, featuring strict backward compatibility and a stable runtime version with a long support lifetime.

2) Unbundle container standards from the implementation, and orchestration from the runtime environment.

3) Solve persistent storage issues and adopt traditional databases into the world of containers.

4) Ensure that you address any broad security problems and multi-tenancy issues.

5) Create a robust set of tools for container auditing, monitoring, logging and debugging.

We are amid a major transformation in the way IT is consumed, managed and optimized. 2017 will be a breakthrough year for production-ready containers and their impact on the virtualization space will bring about massive change in IT service delivery.  

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About the Author

Pete Wermter leads the marketing team at Virtuozzo. He brings with him over 15 years of experience as a marketing and communications executive across corporate, field and digital marketing with a focus on building powerhouse brands. Pete has deep experience in the software industry having worked for leading companies in the cloud data protection and customer service software markets.

Most recently, Pete was the VP of Communications at Acronis, a data protection solution provider, where he played a key role in re-positioning the company and increasing its brand awareness. Prior to Acronis, Pete worked for Genesys, a leading call center software provider, where he held a range of marketing management roles. Pete has also held management positions at Alcatel-Lucent and Weber Shandwick. Pete received his BA in Communications and Marketing from the University of Connecticut.

Pete Wermter 

Published Monday, December 19, 2016 7:07 AM by David Marshall
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