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What Must be Considered Before Choosing a Container Platform?

By CIOReview | Tuesday, January 21, 2020

In today’s fast-paced digital economy, successful organizations must function as a software company. This requires them to rethink the way they design, build, and utilize the applications.

FREMONT, CA: An increasing number of IT groups are incorporating development tools, such as containers, in order to create cloud-native apps that operate in a constant manner across public, private, and hybrid clouds.

However, the trickiest part is to find the best container platforms for the organization. It is hard to make the correct decisions regarding container orchestration for managing lifecycles of the containers in order to function at scale and accelerate innovation.

Containers can be Linux

It is vital for every application to run on Linux since the containers are always running on a Linux host.

Containers that are used for managing their lifecycles, work best with Linux. However, these days, Kubernetes is the popular container orchestration platform that was built on Linux concepts and make use of Linux tooling and application programming interfaces (APIs) for managing the containers.

The companies are advised to opt for a Linux distribution that they know and trust before taking any decision on the OS for their container platform. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), an OS platform, suits well for operating company’s containers as it provides stability and security features simultaneously, allowing developers to be agile.

The Kubernetes factor

Kubernetes is a bundle of utilities and APIs. However, one thing that is to be noticed is that it only supplies the APIs, resource management, and orchestration and scheduling. To possess an entire container orchestration platform, the companies require the OS underneath, container networking, logging and monitoring, a container registry, container storage, and a way to incorporate constant integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD).

Another often raised topic is whether to use a commercial framework like such as Red Hat OpenShift or build their own orchestrations tools.

There is considerable support available for Kubernetes across the clouds; however, all clouds are not the same. At a primary level, Kubernetes is supposed to run more or less the similar way across cloud providers. But, there is a lack of consistency. Red Hat OpenShift is designed to operate on multiple clouds and is also consistent across the clouds.

The developers

A lot of people across the enterprise is involved in the migration to Kubernetes. Developers require tools and platforms that help their work in getting executed quickly. Therefore, companies are advised to emphasize on the ways to make sure that Kubernetes is simpler in comparison to what they are doing right now. Besides, it is vital to be sure to enable the tools that their developers are already using or thinking to use for Kubernetes.

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