Apcera’s New Platform Brings Legacy Applications into the Container Fold

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

With a launch of a new enterprise platform, Apcera is doubling down on support for containerizing legacy applications, one for both for both existing and cloud-native apps.

The Apcera Container Management Platform extends its offering across multi-cloud capabilities, policy and government, networking and container orchestration.

The company also announced integration between its Community Edition and Amazon EC2 Container Service, Google Compute Engine and Microsoft Azure as well as enhanced OpenStack support to make it easier to move workloads from one infrastructure to another.

“Enterprises looking at containers not only for new applications, but also those sitting on x86 that might be 15 years old. They’re expensive to maintain, they’re inflexible. They want to move to the next generation of IT — hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, containers, etc — but in many cases they’re stuck,” said Henry Stapp, Apcera director of product management.

People want to manage all their apps in one place, further explained software architect, Josh Ellithorpe. They’re looking to do resource allocation, log aggregation, health monitoring, scheduling for all their apps, whether they’re cloud-native or some old app in their infrastructure.

The new platform promises improved:

  • Security: Enterprises set policy that determines where workloads run and the resources allocated to them.
  • Network micro-segmentation: to deliver container-level policy for security and governance through a real-time, software-defined network that manages all network communication across a multi-cloud infrastructure.
  • Hybrid mobility: It allows enterprises to treat their entire infrastructures as a single cluster, providing portability across on-premises, cloud or hybrid environments without breaking dependencies or governance.

The new platform offers app tokens and event streams to allow applications to read a stream of events and take action on the part of other jobs. The company also has added options for enterprise customers with integration to identity and access management tool Keycloak as well as Microsoft Active Directory-based implementations. It’s enhanced LDAP/Active Directory support to ensure app tokens and event streams work for legacy apps. Read Full Article (thenewstack.com)

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