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Technical Insight: Cloud-Native Architecture Open-Source Software Names and Definitions (Part 4)

Published September 28th, 2021. Part Four of the "Evaluating Container Management Platforms" series. This Technical Insight covers Cloud-Native architecture open-source software names and definitions. Download the free report now!

This is Part Four of the “Evaluating Container Management Platforms” series. To view Part Five, click here. To view the rest of the documents in this series, click here.

Introduction: The Purpose of this Guide

Enterprises executives needing to operationalize their organizations’ adoption of cloud native container architecture must begin by learning a new architecture and language.  Containers, Kubernetes and the associated open-source application, networking and security services surrounding them are all quite different from traditional physical and virtual infrastructures.  Evaluators who are newer to the space may feel at times as if they need a language translator to understand what the staff and vendors are saying.  That language translation is the purpose of this Guide (and its companion, ““Basic Kubernetes/Container Architecture”).

Evaluator Group suggests that executives who are new to this environment begin by reading the Evaluator Group briefs titled: “Containers and Kubernetes Fundamentals”, and “Next Generation Computing Architectures: Why Now is the Time”.

Buyers will also want to next familiarize themselves with Container Management Platforms to understand the value that these Platforms provide, and how to select one.  To assist in this effort, Evaluator Group has provided a series of briefs, starting with an Introduction, and ending with an Evaluation Guide.

  • What is a Container Management Platform?
  • Basic Container Management and Software Infrastructure
  • Multi-Cloud, Scale-out and Modern Application Development
  • Container Management Platforms: An Evaluation Guide

Returning to this Guide, regardless of where an enterprise sits in the process of researching this new architecture, the evaluation team and/or decision makers will need a dictionary to decrypt all the new components and project names that are core to understanding this new environment.  Container Management Platforms curate and integrate many pieces of other open sources projects beyond just Kubernetes.  Evaluator Group is providing two reference guides to help decrypt the new language.  This guide (“Key Open-Source Projects Associated with Kubernetes and Containers”) provides definitions for the most common open-source coding projects that contribute to the modern container and application services marketplace, either integrated into a CMP, or as alternative add-ons to a CMP’s standard choice. The companion guide, “Basic Kubernetes/Container Architecture” provides a map – and definitions of each of the component technology layers as well as common terms used to describe a Kubernetes environment.

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