2015: The year ahead

Introducing Docker Enterprise Edition for Container Management


With the fourth industrial revolution, the explosion of data is disrupting conventional business models. More and more companies are leveraging disruptive innovations, such as microservices architecture, to quickly deploy applications, and rapidly adapt to changing markets and customer needs. These innovations also provide a path to modernise traditional business critical applications. In order to stay one step ahead of new technologies, enterprises need to reduce operational and management costs, while improving performance and security.


Many businesses are deploying cloud solutions to support rapid business growth and to reduce time to deliver new features and services.  But as they make this transition, new challenges start to appear; how to address service availability across multiple providers, how to provide portability from on-premise infrastructure to cloud servers, and how to focus on adding business value rather than managing infrastructure assets.


Container technologies such as Docker allow enterprises to modernise the application lifecycle through rapid development and deployment.  Unlike virtual machines which have a heavy footprint and require constant management of dependencies, Docker containers contain only the components required to run application software, allowing DevOps teams to quickly and easily develop, patch and deploy software.  Because Docker containers are self-contained and designed for portability, IT is confident that applications can be run from anywhere – on premise or in the cloud – and perform as expected.


This is where NetApp container-ready solutions help businesses accelerate without sacrificing security or performance. With Docker, developers gain the agility to create and deploy software quickly and easily without friction with IT Operations teams.  Docker gives the latter peace of mind that dependencies are being controlled upstream.  When using NetApp data management technologies, both teams can rest assured that their data is protected and always available to any number of containers requiring persistent data storage, as well as providing high performance as the environment scales.


A real-world example is “containerising” an application and moving it from your desktop to a server on the other side of the world. Whether you’re using different server models or the cloud, Docker packages your application into the smallest possible footprint. Managing data protection is as simple as ever, enabling application-consistent backups regardless of the application being deployed. 


Docker integration with NetApp FlexPod is designed to deliver agile and flexible capabilities to businesses looking to harness the benefits of containerisation on a verified, tested architecture platform.  When DevOps teams deploy and scale containerised applications on FlexPod, businesses are able to access persistent storage configurations, secure network interfaces, as well as automation and orchestration of infrastructure lifecycle management capabilities. Businesses also have the ability to address increasing demands through non-disruptive scale-up and scale-out.


Containers are quickly becoming an industry standard for IT operations to build, ship and run distributed applications in cloud environments. We’re seeing Docker transition from a development tool inside enterprises to the deployment mechanism of choice, especially when it comes to new applications that support microservices architecture. That is, enabling businesses to decompose an application into independently executing services. This reinforces the notion that IT administrators are becoming aware of containers and concerned about their ability to protect data as they always have. By combining FlexPod Datacentre with Docker Enterprise Edition for Container Management, you’re able to securely move data between on-premise and public cloud, ensuring your applications are as robustly protected. 


In today’s data driven world, businesses need to look for every opportunity to increase their pace of innovation and the reliability of their deployments. Now is the time to ensure your business is well positioned to architect a reliable data management strategy. At NetApp, we’re here to help you do just that. Find out more about our FlexPod Datacentre with Docker Enterprise Edition for Container Management here, or get in touch with us.