Cisco has unveiled a new container platform that it hopes will cut the hassle out of managing applications both on and off the cloud. To accomplish this, Cisco has teamed up with Google Cloud to develop its new Cisco Container Platform (CCP), which is based on open source components, including 100% upstream Kubernetes, Docker, Contiv, and Nginx.
Containers are on the rise in the cloud world. They’re smaller than virtual machines, typically virtualizing a single application. Cloud providers including Google Cloud, AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Alibaba are embracing containers as a more modular, simple solution that isolates applications from one another.
To take advantage of this growing trend, Cisco created the Cisco Container Platform in conjunction with Google Cloud as part of its ongoing hybrid cloud partnership.
Cisco states that CCP is a turnkey solution with a single, integrated stack that handles orchestration, management, networking, load balancing, storage, security, and analytics.
Working with Containers at Scale
One of the challenges of working with containers is managing them at scale. This one of the reasons Tigera, a secure native cloud connectivity provider that provides the network policy for Kubernetes on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and IBM, received $23 million in funding.
Kubernetes is a Google-designed solution for automating deployment and scaling containerized applications. After initial development, Google donated Kubernetes to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). It is open source.
Cisco hopes its new platform will make management of containers easier. Cisco said, “CCP automates repetitive tasks like installing Kubernetes and Docker, installing analytics tools, creating clusters, load balancing, curating the OS, and even updating the distribution.”
Available on HyperFlex
The Cisco Container Platform will be available on software optimized with Cisco HyperFlex, available in April.
Software currently supported on VM infrastructure, bare metal, and public cloud will be able to utilize CCP this summer.
“As the adoption of Kubernetes has exploded, container orchestration and management have become of paramount importance to customers because they enable application portability and consistency across on-premises and cloud-based environments,” said Eyal Manor, Google vice president of engineering in a statement.
As containers continue to grow in popularity, the demand for solutions that simplify and automate the process of setting them up and managing them rises. The Cisco Container Platform is part of an ongoing effort to bring Google and Cisco’s integrated hybrid cloud solution to the market later this year.