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Virtual container technology options for management, security

Last updated:August 2016

Editor's note

Containers are not just for development and testing. Companies such as Docker, Amazon, Google and Microsoft offer some compelling and full-featured virtual container products aimed specifically at enterprise IT production environments. But are these offerings a sign that containers are ready for enterprise deployments, or are businesses not ready to make the necessary changes to switch to containers?

Use this guide to learn about the current virtual container choices and technologies, proper tools for management, and the level of security achievable for different container options. Not sure what some of the lingo means? Head down to the glossary section to brush up on key container terms.

1The latest on managing containers

Managing virtual containers requires automation and orchestration, especially as we look to make applications scalable. Google, Amazon and Docker offer tools and are tying management features together. Meanwhile, Microsoft shops are getting creative as they wait for Azure containers.

2Pertinent container terms

Choosing a virtual container option and management tools is great, but it's hard if you don't know the right terms.

3Are they or are they not secure?

Container security levels vary, depending on the type of virtual container and how the IT team implements containerization. Some experts say that Docker is less secure than CoreOS, while others tout its security options.

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