Container deployment can simplify application software rollouts and updates, as long as you use the right container management software. Containers are isolated units on an OS that consist of an entire runtime environment -- an application, all its dependencies, libraries and the configuration files required to run it -- bundled into one place.
The benefits of containers are numerous. They improve both resource usage and operations in data centers and the cloud. Because containers are hosted on one shared OS, the resource consumption per application is minimal compared to hosting on VMs. You can even place five to 10 more containers on a server than you can with VMs. Most companies, even small enterprises, benefit from a stable, scalable container strategy, but it is imperative to develop the right approach to achieve containerization's full benefits.
There are five critical decision points that you must consider when evaluating prospective container management software. Ask yourself: What do you need from a container strategy?
- a basic container platform;
- a basic container system with orchestration capabilities included;
- public cloud tools;
- exceptional security container software with basic orchestration; or
- complex layers of resource abstraction and orchestration.
While these questions provide a good starting point for the buying decision process, be aware that an effective container management suite is usually comprised of multiple offerings, such as Docker paired with Kubernetes or an additional software suite.
This buyer's guide helps sort through the complex and multilayered options available for container management software. It breaks down how container management tools function and what constitutes the container ecosystem before diving into a detailed comparison of the leading vendors in the market. Finally, this guide provides an in-depth product roundup of the leading container management software products for container deployment.
Learn about the container ecosystem and its management tools
As containers are increasingly deployed in the enterprise, container management software helps admins keep everything running and stable. They must understand how these complex tools function.
2Do I need?-
Get your company on board with containers
Learn the business uses when an organization would need container management software and how these tools work to achieve improvements.
What does your organization really need from container management software? Read more here to discover how your security requirements and cloud capabilities can determine what a container management platform will achieve for you. Continue Reading
3Which should I buy?-
Compare leading container management options on the market
Learn about the container management software available so you can select the product to best oversee and implement changes to your deployment.
Companies should begin the buying process by narrowing down what they need from a container management system -- security, resource abstraction, orchestration -- and evaluating what the options on the market offer. Continue Reading
Explore the container management software options in-depth
The container market space has a diverse range of vendors to consider. Read this in-depth overview of the major container management systems available and their features, strengths and pricing options.
The right container management system can be difficult to determine as you may require multiple platforms to achieve your goals. Read more about Docker, Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and other vendors to understand the products and their varying strengths and possible shortcomings. Continue Reading