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Container Hosting and Management - On-Prem, Cloud or Both?

Container Hosting and Management  -  On-Prem, Cloud or Both?

by Rob L | Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 | Education

One of the most common questions we hear from clients who are attempting to build out their containerization roadmap is “What solution should I use and where should it be?”. There’s a really good reason this is a common question – even though the marketplace has solidified over the past several years, there are still a lot of choices and options available. While this blog post is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis of the technology and hosting choices available, I will try to lay out a basic framework for starting the discussion in your organization.

Does Patching Have You Down? How Moving Your Critical Apps to Containers Changes the Game

Does Patching Have You Down? How Moving Your Critical Apps to Containers Changes the Game

by Rob L | Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 | Education

We’ve all been there. It’s late Friday or maybe Saturday night and you have a list of 30 servers that need OS or application patching. You feel pretty good about it - after all, you’ve tested everything in QA and pre-prod with no issues, and that patch management software you implemented a few years ago helps with some of the heavy lifting. All that said, you know Monday morning has a better than average chance of being what we call in IT “A Bad Day”.

Containerizing Applications? Start with an Assessment

Containerizing Applications? Start with an Assessment

by Tim | Friday, Mar 8, 2019 | Education

The emergence of containers has significantly altered the landscape of application development, deployment, and maintenance. More companies — large and small — are taking the containerization plunge seeking benefits such as speed of deployment and environment re-creation. The market has proven that implementing containers will quickly transform your developer productivity and deployment workflows. However, with great power comes great responsibility. Container development workflows and container orchestration technologies (Kubernetes) can be quite complex once your organization goes beyond a development instance and seeks to deploy applications into production.

What is Istio - Intro to Kubernetes Service Mesh

What is Istio - Intro to Kubernetes Service Mesh

by BoxBoat | Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 | Kubernetes Service Mesh

When microservices were first introduced, it was hailed as the “be-end and end-all” to all the rigidity and limitations developers had faced when managing monolithic systems. But microservices also brought its own set of problems to the table. While breaking up applications into small chunks can simplify development, deployment, updates, and scaling, you end up with more parts to look after. And when you’re managing all these microservices, a microservice architecture can become extremely complicated.

What is Kubernetes - Container Orchestration Software Explained

What is Kubernetes - Container Orchestration Software Explained

by BoxBoat | Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 | Docker Kubernetes

Developed by Google in 2014, Kubernetes (or K8S) is an open source platform for managing containerized workloads and services on public, private, or hybrid clouds. Kubernetes is a very popular container orchestration tool and has a large and rapidly growing ecosystem. There are many services and tools available that support Kubernetes. But what exactly is Kubernetes? Why do you need it? And what does it do? Why Do You Need Kubernetes?

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