Media Coverage

Why the Kubernetes Kids can't hurt Bezos' Amazon beast

July 18, 2017

Good luck, Anyone-but-AWS club. You'll need it

The club used to be about OpenStack, but that didn't go far. For years the OpenStack community ripped itself apart over whether or not it should strive for API compatibility with AWS, only to belatedly discover that all the talk of cloud-bursting and such was mostly mirage, and that OpenStack needed to focus on narrower priorities than upending AWS.

Not that OpenStack's only failing was technical, says former Googler (turned Cloud Foundry father and Apcera co-founder) Derek Collison. Collison told me open source used to comfortably commoditize old markets once they were heavily funded and well understood. OpenStack, in like manner, tried to commoditize VMware, but problems emerged as the project spiralled into warring vendor fiefdoms, incapable of aligning on key components because they couldn't agree on what OpenStack even meant.

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Kubernetes's days may be numbered as open source changes

July 05, 2017

What happens if Google finds more efficient ways to drive paying customers to the Google Cloud Platform and other services?

If the open source model is broken, as Apcera founder Derek Collison believes, then container orchestration wunderkind Kubernetes may be its first major casualty. Yes, that Kubernetes, the Google-spawned container king that 71 percent of enterprises surveyed by 451 Research say they’re using for container management.

It seems far-fetched that Kubernetes could be heading for a fall, even as it continues to rise. But the problem, Collison argues, is one of investment: The old open source model was all about commoditizing a richly funded market filled with proprietary software. Open source came along, democratized the market, and shifted investment dollars elsewhere.

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Apcera's POV on Containers

June 19, 2017

Thanks to Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer at Apcera for sharing his thoughts on the state of orchestration and deployment of containers for DZone’s upcoming Containers Research Guide that will be published in early-August.

Q: How is your company involved in the orchestration and deployment of containers?

A: Container management platform for cloud-native and legacy apps.

Q: What do you see as the most important elements of orchestrating and deploying containers?

A: It goes well beyond orchestrating and deploying. We believe a support framework of capabilities is needed which includes: networking, storage, orchestration/scheduling, lifecycle management, audit patch management, security, deployment, automation, bursting, monitoring, log aggregation, routing, load balancing, and firewalls. We allow the customer to define the requirements of their containers and add capacity. We provide a container ecosystem.

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VMware Leans on Apcera to Manage Containers

June 15, 2017

IT organizations in large numbers have been deploying containers on top of VMware because that’s the dominant platform deployed inside most enterprise IT organizations. But many of those organizations also want to be able to deploy those containers on a public cloud service as needed. To provide that capability, VMware has been relying on Apcera, a provider of a container management platform that makes it easier to move containers between various platforms.

The two companies this week announced that Apcera has attained VMware Ready status within the VMware technology partner ecosystem. Eric Leach, vice president of product management for Apcera, says the relationship between the two companies is strategic because IT organizations don’t want to be locked into a single platform. While containers such as Docker can be ported easily, Apcera provides a means to attach policies along with all the networking configuration information needed to deploy those containers on top of, for example, VMware NSX network overlays or within a software-defined network (SDN) service provided by Amazon Web Services. That’s critical, he says: Given the ephemeral nature of many containers, there needs to be a platform that abstracts away the complexity associated with deploying containers on multiple platforms that don’t share any common base of infrastructure.

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Apcera Shows How a Single Control Plane Makes Old Apps Span New Clouds

June 05, 2017

“There are a lot of enterprises out there… and they want to do app modernization, but they’re kinda stuck with their legacy applications,” explained Apcera director of product management Henry Stapp, speaking with Alex Williams at DockerCon 2017 in Austin, Texas. “They want to be able to migrate those to cloud, and then also have a way to support those modern, containerized applications."

“With Apcera, you can basically shrink-wrap your legacy applications,” Stapp continued, “modernize the environment around them, so that legacy application doesn’t even realize it’s been containerized.”

Henry Stapp is the Director of Product Management at Apcera.

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Press Releases

Apcera Included in Gartner’s Report on Assessing Container Management Frameworks Running On-Premises and in the Cloud

June 07, 2017

Apcera, the leader in enterprise container management, today announced its inclusion in Gartner’s Report, Assessing Container Management Frameworks Running On-Premises and in the Cloud. According to the Report, “technical professionals struggle to integrate open-source systems for managing the container ecosystem on-premises and in the cloud. Containers as a service solutions assist I&O in operationalizing the Docker life cycle.”

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Apcera Chief Strategy and Chief Information Officer Mark Thiele to Speak at Datacloud Europe 2017

May 31, 2017

Apcera, the leader in enterprise container management, today announced that its Chief Strategy and Chief Information Officer Mark Thiele will present twice at Datacloud Europe 2017, taking place June 7 in Monaco. Thiele will present on two topics including “AI Disruption and Data Centres” and “The Future of Containers and Virtual Machines in the Enterprise.”

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Stevie American Business Awards Recognizes Apcera for Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year and Founder, CEO Derek Collison as Information Technology Executive of the Year

May 04, 2017

Apcera, the leader in enterprise container management, today today announced that the 15th Annual American Business Awards program has recognized the company with two Silver Stevie American Business Awards. These awards are a testament to the company’s continued growth and innovation, helping enterprise IT teams move faster, securely with a proven container management solution.

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About Apcera

Apcera is the market leading enterprise-grade container management platform — driven by security and policy — that gives IT leaders the confidence and control to drive innovation and move faster, securely. Built for cloud-native as well as legacy applications, Apcera lets IT teams containerize, deploy, orchestrate and govern a vast range of workloads across on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments. Fully integrated and completely turnkey, only Apcera offers industry-leading agility and time-to-value without sacrificing security or control.

Apcera enables key enterprise use cases including deploying Docker and other cloud-native workloads in production securely and at scale, legacy application modernization and hybrid cloud mobility. Global 2000 companies use Apcera to lower CapEx and OpEx, improve time to market and reduce risk.

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