3 ways containers shine in a crisis

There are certain people who thrive in a crisis. They have the ability to go beyond just getting the job done, no matter what is going on around them (which is huge in and of itself), but they also find opportunity amid difficult situations and help those around them be the best they can be. You want these crisis champions in (and leading) your organization. 

The same is true with technology. There is some technology that works well enough when things are calm but tends to buckle under pressure. Then there are the crisis champions of the technology world—the products that keep doing what they are supposed to be doing no matter what but are flexible and resilient enough to meet the most pressing new requirements (and then some). Linux containers and the Kubernetes ecosystem are prime examples.

The word crisis has probably been overused in the past, but if

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Businesses across tech adapt to storing and securing data with containers on the cloud

The ongoing cloud transformation of the business world has companies adopting a variety of cloud-native tech — like container platform Kubernetes — to take full advantage of cloud computing.

One of the most significant shifts that has come as a result has been the adoption of tech-like dynamic provisioning, which allows businesses to create container-native storage and scale that storage up or down as needed.

“Today … as people are developing and deploying applications, those applications need to dynamically provision the infrastructure,” said Brent Compton (pictured, right), senior director of data services at Red Hat Inc. “[In the past,] when applications or teams needed storage, they would … file a ticket and typically wait. Now they make an API call, and storage is dynamically provisioned and provided to their application.”

Compton and Sam Werner (pictured, left), vice president, offering manager and business line executive, Storage, at IBM, spoke with

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Turbocharge Your Cloud Transformation With Containers And Serverless Technology

VP of Cloud Services at Unisys.

The rise of containers and serverless computing has prompted some folks to ask if the time of the virtual machine (VM) is over. We haven’t reached the end of the VM era yet, but amid the pandemic, we have seen accelerated cloud adoption. This is moving the needle on containers and serverless computing and enabling businesses to optimize further — just as the adoption of virtualization did. Also, with the increased adoption of cloud-based PaaS and SaaS offerings, responsibility for the IaaS layer — including VMs — will continue to shift to cloud service providers.

Gartner, Inc. predicts that 75% of organizations will be running containerized applications in production by 2022. The firm expects public cloud container orchestration and serverless technologies to see the greatest growth in this timeframe.

Containers provide efficiencies and optimization for IT operations. Every VM is packaged with

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Microsoft Azure: This new technology allows you to manage Kubernetes containers across the hybrid cloud

Kubernetes applications can now exploit the cluster and virtualisation technologies that power Azure Stack HCI while still respecting local data.


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Microsoft is a firm believer in the idea of a hybrid cloud, one that spans everything from microcontrollers at the edge of the network to its hyperscale Azure service. It’s a model that’s led to the company offering its own server hardware and partnering with leading vendors to deliver edge hardware under the Azure Stack brand.

While Azure Stack may use the Azure name, it’s not running the same software as Microsoft’s own cloud data centres. However, it’s ‘Azure-consistent’, offering many of the same APIs as the Azure platform and integrated with the Azure Portal management tools. That model is the same whether you’re dropping a rugged Azure Stack Edge server at a remote site or setting up a small datacentres with the software-based Azure Stack HCI clustering

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