While containers as a concept have been around for some time, Docker, an open source project launched in 2013, helped popularize the technology, and has helped drive the trend towards containerization and microservices in software development that has come to be known as cloud-native development.Learn how to get started with Kubernetes.One solution to this problem has been virtual machines, which keep applications on the same hardware entirely separate, and reduce conflicts among software components and competition for hardware resources to a minimum.Containers provide a highly efficient and highly granular mechanism for combining software components into the kinds of application and service stacks needed in a modern enterprise, and for keeping those software components updated and maintained.A Dockerfile is a text file written in an easy-to-understand syntax that includes the instructions to build a Docker image (more on that in a moment).Codefresh offers a look at how to build an image in more detail.
Events We’ll be opening the doors at Continuous Lifecycle in less than one month, and we really want you to join us to discuss containers, DevOps, Continuous Delivery and much, much more.Our 40-strong speaker lineup will enlighten, educate, and even entertain you as they discuss core concepts such DevOps and Continuous Delivery, dive deep into key topics such as containers and security, monitoring or compliance, and take you through the nuts and bolts of key tools such as Prometheus and Istio.We know real world experiences are always important, which is why the lineup includes practitioners from sectors such as media, banking, health and nuclear power.And that’s all on top of two great keynotes from Kubernetes and Google Compute Engine co-founder, and Heptio CTO, Joe Beda, and Squarespace’s Tanya Reilly.If you want to get even deeper, there are spaces remaining in our Advanced Kubernetes workshop, led by Giant Swarm’s Tobias Bradkte and our Serverless workshop, led by serverless pioneer Mike Roberts.This all happens at the QEII Centre in Westminster on 14-16 May, and you’ll be supplied with excellent food and drink, and the space to enjoy it with the speakers and your fellow attendees.
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“It is a huge investment to rewrite all the applications you have acquired over the last 10 to 15 years”IBM’s Sebastian Krause oversees a team of some 3,000 as General Manager of IBM Cloud in Europe.A smartly dressed, 24-year veteran of the company working out of IBM’s Madrid offices, he’s keen to refute Computer Business Review’s opener as we sit down to talk in London: that IBM Cloud seems to be a perennial “also-ran” amid ferocious competition between AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.As he sees it, the easy public cloud migrations have already happened and the remaining opportunity – one of sensitive workloads, complex existing legacy infrastructures and hybrid on-premises and cloud environments (public or private) – is in IBM’s sweet spot; something that would explain a high profile flurry of deals for the company this year: from Santander to Juniper Networks, or BNP Paribas.“I would say that over the past couple of years the easy things have been done for companies; i.e.Now the focus is on mission critical applications, which are being put onto a hybrid cloud architecture.”
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With its Kuberntes Engine (GKE), Google Cloud Google has long offered a managed service for running containers on its platform.Kubernetes users tend to have a variety of needs, but so far, Google only offered a single tier of GKE that wasn’t necessarily geared toward the high-end enterprise users the company is trying to woo.Today, however, the company announced a new advanced edition of GKE that introduces a number of new features and an enhanced financially backed SLA, additional security tools and new automation features.You can think of GKE Advanced as the enterprise version of GKE.Google says the service builds upon the company’s own learnings from running a complex container infrastructure internally for years.For enterprise customers, the financially backed SLA is surely a nice bonus.
Events It’s all very well hearing the theories behind DevOps, Containers, Continuous Delivery and more, but nothing beats talking to someone who’s actually put them to work in a real organisation.That’s why at the Continuous Lifecycle conference next month – 14-16 May – we’ve got speakers who’ve done just that.If you’ve ever wondered what the reality is of running continuous integration for simulation software for nuclear power plants, GTS's Joachim Herb can explain just that.When it comes to the financial sector, we have Jason Maude discussing Continuous Delivery in one of the UK’s newest, cloud-based banks, while Fidelity Investments Nick Penston and Juan Flores will be discussing creating a delivery pipeline for 10,000 colleagues.And if mixing chaos engineering and a platform supporting 220 million users is your idea of a challenge, you’ll want to catch Crystal Hirschorn’s talk.These are just a few speakers from our 40-strong lineup, who will also cover industries like video gaming and health, as well as explaining the core concepts behind DevOps, Containers and Continuous Delivery, and diving into key tools such as Prometheus and Istio.
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Kubernetes has many core abstractions, sometimes called primitives, that make the experience of deploying and managing applications so much better than what came before.Understanding these abstractions helps you take full advantage of Kubernetes and also avoid complexity—especially when running stateful applications like databases, data analytics, big data applications, streaming engines, machine learning, and AI apps.In this article, I’ll review some of the fundamental abstractions in Kubernetes storage, and walk through how Portworx PX-Enterprise helps solve important challenges that arise with the need for persistent storage in Kubernetes.It’s actually the first example—the starting point.[ Are you ready for the container invasion?Learn how to get started with Kubernetes.
Google has expanded its serverless compute options with the addition of Cloud Run, a managed compute service that lets you run stateless containers that are invocable via HTTP requests.Cloud Run is also available on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), allowing you to run containerized HTTP workloads on a managed Kubernetes cluster.Cloud Run lets developers take advantage of the portability of containers and the velocity of serverless computing.Now in beta, Cloud Run provides for automated provisioning and scaling of workloads, with users paying only for the resources their containers actually use.On GKE, Cloud Run allows stateless HTTP workloads to run on existing Kubernetes clusters, with users having access to custom machine types, Google Compute Engine networks, and the ability to run side-by-side with other workloads in the same cluster.| Dig into the the red-hot open source framework in InfoWorld’s beginner’s guide to Docker.
Events If you’re working with containers, there’s a strong chance you’re working with Kubernetes.And if you’re working with Kubernetes, you really should be joining us at Continuous Lifecycle next month.This year’s programme – which once again takes place in central London – gives you the opportunity to get up and close and personal with key players in Kubernetes, and hands-on with essential tools and applications.On May 15, we have Kubernetes and Google Compute Engine co-founder, and Heptio CTO, Joe Beda joining us for a keynote talk.If you want to know where Kubernetes and service meshes are heading in the near future, this is the talk for you.Jumping into our conference programme, we have security expert Liz Rice discussing preventative security for Kubernetes, while Javier Salmeron will be discussing how to develop production ready Helm charts.
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Two of the biggest trends in applications development in recent years have been the rise of serverless and containerization.Today at Google Cloud Next, the company announced a new product called Cloud Run that is designed to bring the two together.At the same time, the company also announced Cloud Run for GKE, which is specifically designed to run on the Google’s version of Kubernetes.Oren Teich, director of product management for serverless, says these products came out of discussions with customers.As he points out, developers like the flexibility and agility they get using serverless architecture, but have been looking for more than just compute resources.“Cloud Run is introducing a brand new product that takes Docker containers and instantly gives you a URL.
The giant container ship MSC Zoe lost more than 270 containers in January as it sailed from Portugal to the German port of Bremerhaven.While some containers and cargo washed up on German and Dutch beaches, authorities have also been searching the ocean for the missing freight.As a result, they've uncovered the oldest shipwreck ever found in Dutch waters.Analysis of the ship’s timbers indicates that the vessel was built in the Netherlands around 1540, according to Holland’s National Office for Cultural Heritage.STRANGE 2,500-YEAR-OLD WRECK DISCOVERED IN NILE 'SHIP GRAVEYARD,' SOLVING ANCIENT PUZZLE“The wooden beams appear to come from a ship with a smooth hull, probably 30 meters [98.5 feet] long,” explained the agency in a statement translated from the Dutch.
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Events Adopting DevOps, Containerisation and Continuous Delivery doesn't mean compromising on security - and if you want proof, just check out the conference sessions at Continuous Lifecycle London, 2019.We've got speakers who will explain how to put security at the centre of how you implement DevOps, build continuous delivery pipelines, containerise applications, and orchestrate them using Kubernetes.Likewise, we'll be looking at how organisations such as the Financial Times have extended their governance and security principles to the cloud, and how DevOps can actually improve your compliance operations.That's just two of the themes in our conference lineup which features 40 speakers, including keynotes from Heptio CTO Joe Beda, and Squarespace principal engineer Tanya Reilly, as well as practitioners who’ve applied DevOps, Containers and more to transform their organisationsThey will take you from core principles of DevOps, CD and containers, through how to implement them in your organisation, and deep into the specifics of key tools and techniques.And if you want to go even deeper, there are still places available on two of our optional all day workshops, including Serverless pioneer Mike Roberts' workshop on Serverless Computing on AWS, which will take you from first steps to building and deploying an application, and Tobias Bradtke's session on Advanced Kubernetes.
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Densify, a Toronto company that helps customers optimize their cloud resources to control usage and spending, announced a new tool today specifically designed to optimize container usage in the cloud.Company CEO Gerry Smith, says that as containerization proliferates, it’s getting more difficult to track and control cloud infrastructure resource usage as software development and deployment happens with increasing speed.“The whole basis upon which people buy and use cloud and container resources has become wildly expensive because of the lack of a resource management system,” Smith said.The Densify solution looks at the consumption and for ways to cut costs and usage.“We have analytics in the cloud, any of various common cloud services that you can connect to, and then we use machine learning to analyze the resources and your cloud and container consumption,” he said.Densify continuously make recommendations on how to make better use of resources and to find the cheapest computing, whether that’s reserved instances, spot instances or other discounted cloud resources.
Play container records on any private or public cloud turntableThe Canadian startup said it can be used to move containerised applications between microservices environments on-premises and in public clouds.The flavour of the thing can be seen in the diagram:Juke is an abstraction layer for containers across heterogeneous physical and virtual servers on-premises and in the public cloud, stitching these together to form a kind of multi-cloud data centre resource pool embracing compute, storage and networking.HTBASE said it has software-defined networking and storage fabrics that pool cloud resources together into a single entity consumable by orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes and Docker Swarm.Individual microservices can be dispersed across, and migrated between, cloud platforms and stateful volumes can be made highly available.
Big Blue deal with MayaData brings OpenEBS to platformMayaData has linked arms with IBM to make OpenEBS storage available to IBM Cloud Private users, giving Big Blue an answer for those that want containerised storage.OpenEBS is open-source, container-native software that provides block storage and uses Kubernetes as the underlying framework for scheduling and storing configuration data.CloudByte developed Elaststor, OpenEBS and also the open-source Maya orchestrator, which can tier data to S3-compatible storage.OpenEBS has snapshotting, replication, high availability, and can back up to S3.Powell had CloudByte change its name to MayaData in December last year, when it launched Maya Online, software-as-a-service (SaaS) that provides Kubernetes monitoring and control in a cross-cloud control plane for stateful workloads, such as databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL, Jenkins for CI/CD, and messaging such as Kafka and RabbitMQ.
When Nano Server or Server Core are too small, 'windows' will be in the Goldilocks zoneMicrosoft’s released a new version of Windows called “windows” that ships as a container image.Why does the world need a new Windows?Because Microsoft’s chats with developers have taught it that they want something with more functionality than either Nano Server or Windows Server Core.Microsoft’s Lars Iwer, a program manager for Hyper-V, explained, “Quite a few customers were interested in moving their legacy applications into containers to benefit from container orchestration and management technologies like Kubernetes.”“However, not all applications could be easily containerized, in some cases due to missing components like proofing support which is not included in Windows Server Core.”
The online tracking of trailers, containers, rail wagons and cargo boxes is becoming increasingly common in all markets across the globe.New technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, will enable more secure automation of this activity.Berg Insight released the findings from their latest global market study.The number of active tracking devices deployed for cargo loading units -- including trailers, intermodal containers, rail freight wagons, air cargo containers, cargo boxes and pallets -- reached 3.7 million worldwide in 2017.Based upon the current assessment, the tracking solutions market will greatly benefit from a digital transformation.Trailer telematics is the most developed market today, however in terms of installed units the intermodal container tracking market is expected to take over the leading position during the forecast period.
p An unmarked white semi-truck rests on orange steel plates—Rent Me, they proclaim—protecting the soft ground outside a glass-fronted office building in Westminster, Colorado.Over 17 years, a company called DigitalGlobe has painstakingly collected those images from its high-resolution satellite network.This Ford-era solution—which the Everything Store People call a “Snowmobile”—is a new service from Amazon, and this is its first real road trip.And while the concept might seem outlandish, an 18-wheeler is actually the only feasible way to get DigitalGlobe’s pictures to the cloud.Networks have sped up (duh).And so, on May 9, the morning after a giant hailstorm, DigitalGlobe founder Walter Scott stands in the office-park road next to the idling truck, along with a handful of other employees, waiting for Snowmobile to drive toward the Amazon facility at some secret location, via a secret route.
IBM and Maersk are using a blockchain built on the Hyperledger Fabric to manage the supply chain for container shipping.Maersk, the Danish shipping company which is the largest container carrier in the world with 18 %to 20% of the market, did a proof of concept (POC) with IBM in September, tracking a container of flowers from Mombasa, on the coast of Kenya, to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.Ramesh Gopinath, IBM’s vice president of blockchain research, said all the documents for shipping containers can be fully digitized and the containers can be tracked.“Global trade $20 trillion, big chunk of global GDP, and container shipping is a huge part of it,’ said Gopinath.When I walk into any store to buy something, it likely came on a ship.”
Sounds odd but it could work - disk controller heads are statelessStorage Architect There s an almost religious divide between those who see containers as entirely stateless objects and others taking a more pragmatic approach that says state and containers is an inevitable thing.In practical terms, this idea just doesn t work, because in the enterprise, we have to meet a set of standards around application availability, auditing and compliance.Assuming we want to containerise our databases rather than relying on them remaining as virtual machine instances and we surely will, then persistent data is as inevitable as death or taxes.As an example, many vendors provide the ability to perform head upgrades on their dual controller-based systems.This is because persistent data and configuration information is stored on the media HDDs and SSDs and in many cases the media is self-describing.
If it wasn t for ships, we d be sunk.Our coastlines were motorways for goods and materials haulage.Ships and barges at the Port of London, about 1910, c.Science MuseumBut then ships got bigger, as so did the ports which moved downstream.Asphalt and concrete motorways replaced liquid ones.Yet we still rely on ships.
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