Application containers are all the buzz nowadays. They’re an easy way to package applications and their dependencies into Linux container boxes and run them anywhere – public cloud, a private data center or a developer’s laptop.
The problem comes when managing a whole lot of containers together.
There are a handful of platforms emerging for managing containers at scale. Docker – the company that is credited with generating much of the market buzz about containers – has its own tool called Swarm. Google – which has said that most of its internal apps run in containers – has open sourced its own container management platform named Kubernetes.
Today, Kuberenetes got a little bit more enterprise-y. PaaS vendor Apprenda is acquiring startup Kismatic, which specializes in commercializing the open source Kubernetes code.
The acquisition highlights a broader trend amoung PaaS vendors to embrace containers. Three of the big PaaS vendors are Pivotal/Cloud Foundry, Red Hat OpenShift and Apprenda. Apprenda’s move to acquire Kismatic is a sign that it’s betting big on integrating container management based on Kubernetes into its PaaS. Apprenda announced earlier this year that Kubernetes would be a big focus for its future development. With the acquisition, Apprenda is now offering a commercially-supported Kubernetes distribution.
Expect the container market to continue to be a big deal in the application world. And expect more and more vendors to come out with platforms for helping to manage the complexities associated with running containers at scale.