Cisco unveils container management on HyperFlex


Cisco continued its HCI momentum this week, announcing at Cisco Live its new Cisco Container Platform (CCP), which runs on its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution. This news follows last week’s HyperFlex 3.0 release and acquisition of Skyport. 

One of the key themes of Cisco Live was the need for businesses to be more agile and move faster. Businesses want to modernize the infrastructure to meet the changing demands on IT, and they are adopting the DevOps model. Along with that, containers have grown in popularity, as the lightweight nature of them makes them ideal for organizations that have embraced the concepts of DevOps.

However, there is a dark side to containers. Allowing developers to fire up containers willy-nilly on whatever cloud they want can create an unmanageable environment.  Also, workloads in containers can behave differently in a private cloud versus public. IT operations need to get a handle on containers before they run amok and slow down development instead speeding it up.

CCP is Cisco’s solution to that management issue. It’s a turnkey, open container platform that brings order to containers and enables applications to run the same way on premises as they do in public clouds. Cisco has been building solutions to enable its customers to move to hybrid, multi-cloud environments but do it in a way that’s scalable and seamless to the application developer. The solution masks the complexity that developers and IT pros face in configuring, deploying and managing container clusters based on 100 percent upstream Kubernetes.

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