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Technical Insight: Container Management Platforms – An Introduction (Part 5)

Published September 28th, 2021. Part Five of the "Evaluating Container Management Platforms" series. This Technical Insight serves as an introduction to container management platforms. Download now this free guide now!

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

To satisfy the business imperative of digital transformation, IT executives must operationalize the delivery of accelerated IT innovation – moving beyond DevOps prototypes to a production model that can continuously and sustainably generate new functionality at scale.   Accomplishing this requires transitioning to (and learning) a new cloud-native systems architecture.  Containers, Kubernetes and associated open-source application, networking and security services surround them are all quite different from traditional physical and virtual infrastructures.

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

Buyers will next want to familiarize themselves with the value and options provided by Container Management Platforms. To assist in this effort, Evaluator Group has provided a series of briefs, starting with this Introduction, and ending with an Evaluation Guide.

  • Introduction to Container Management Platforms (this Guide)
  • Basic Container Management and Software Infrastructure
  • CMP Advanced Services: Multi-Cloud, Scale-out and Modern Application Development
  • Container Management Platforms: Evaluation Guide

During the course of reading these Guides, evaluators and/or decision makers may wish to refer to a dictionary to better understand new technology components and project names relevant to the container ecosystem.  Evaluator Group provides two reference guides to help with the new language.  “Basic Kubernetes/Container Architecture” provides a diagram and definitions of each of the component technology layers and common terms used to describe a Kubernetes environment.   “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.

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