Companies are rapidly adopting containers on the promise of increased application agility. Releasing application features rapidly is critical as customer expectations have never been higher for real-time, personalized, and seamless experiences at every interaction. Despite this promise, enterprises are finding there are challenges with unlocking the full value of containers as they move applications from development into production environments in data centres and the Cloud. In fact, according to Gartner, "By 2020, less than 20 percent of projects for containerizing legacy applications will be successful."
Together, Cisco CloudCenter 4.9 and AppDynamics for Kubernetes set a new standard for Kubernetes in production by allowing enterprises to seamlessly deploy, monitor, and optimize their Kubernetes-orchestrated applications both on-premises and in public Cloud environments. Companies can use Cisco CloudCenter to deploy container-based applications with AppDynamics monitoring enabled on deployment. AppDynamics for Kubernetes can detect and report on dynamic conditions at the application or cluster level. Cisco CloudCenter can be triggered to optimize performance for seamless user experience until abnormalities are resolved. This helps IT operations staff adapt to the new production challenges of managing containerized applications in a dynamic Kubernetes environment.
"The Kubernetes platform has emerged as the de-facto container solution as customers accelerate adoption of containerized application architectures", stated Kip Compton, vice president, Cisco Cloud Platform and Solutions Group. "But organisations are still challenged to efficiently and confidently utilize Kubernetes as they modernize legacy applications and develop new Cloud applications. With our latest Kubernetes support, customers can now easily adopt production-grade Kubernetes across multi-Cloud environments."
Kubernetes makes application deployment and operations more efficient, but organisations still struggle to gain visibility into Kubernetes performance and deployed applications to ensure flawless end-user experience. The new AppDynamics will give organizations the deepest visibility into application and business performance for unparalleled intelligence into containerized applications, Kubernetes clusters, and underlying infrastructure metrics. Enterprises will be able to:
The new Cisco CloudCenter 4.9 is a key element of the open, hybrid Cloud offering from Cisco and Google, announced in October 2017 and planned for availability later this year. Customers will be able to run production-grade containers on any infrastructure through the combination of Cisco CloudCenter 4.9, Cisco Container Platform, and the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), part of the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
For IT teams, running Kubernetes in production affects a range of existing virtual machine-based tools and operating processes on which IT relies to deliver services. As organisations transition to container-optimized IT operations, Cisco CloudCenter 4.9 enables organisations to create deployable blueprints that work across multi-Cloud environments so customers can deploy and manage containerized and virtual machine-based workloads on premises and in the cloud. Cisco CloudCenter 4.9 enables customers to:
Sébastien Morissette, Senior Architect, Infrastructure and Security, Intact Financial Corporation, stated: "Our different entities across North America require continuous innovation and strong partnerships as we embrace digital initiatives to support services aimed at our customers. Cisco's multi-Cloud strategy and the solutions they deliver to operationalize IT at scale help address many of our key requirements. The addition of Kubernetes support across their solutions means that we will be able to innovate faster, with greater visibility into IT infrastructure and the application development lifecycle."
Larry Carvalho, Research Director, Platform as a Service (PaaS), IDC, stated: "Organisations are using containers to modernize traditional applications so they can reduce deployment time, improve business outcomes, and lower costs. Yet most organisations struggle to realize these benefits because they lack a cohesive container strategy. The organisations that are able to successfully monitor, deploy, and manage containers in a consistent and secure way across multi-Cloud environments will be more likely to drive speed and agility for the business, resulting in greater revenue that can be strategically allocated to digital transformation efforts."
Ryan Marsyla, Strategic Director, Architecture, Trace3, stated: "As customers scale application architectures and work to reduce costs and complexity, the adoption of Kubernetes is fueling investments in container orchestration and running containerized workloads in production. The addition of Kubernetes support in Cisco CloudCenter and AppDynamics will enable our mutual customers to have predictable results as they monitor, manage, and optimize performance of containerized workloads in a hybrid cloud environment. When Trace3 engages with customers to refactor application stacks, we often see many customers juggling virtualized and containerized workloads in a mixed architecture model. Cisco CloudCenter addresses this by providing the governance and automation necessary to manage portions of both virtualized and containerized workloads, while AppDynamics monitors application performance."
Cisco CloudCenter 4.9 is available now. AppDynamics for Kubernetes will be available by May 9. Cisco CloudCenter and AppDynamics can be purchased as standalone subscription-based software offers, or bundled together through the Cisco Multicloud Portfolio as Cloud Consume. They also are available with Cisco HyperFlex through Cisco SmartPlay bundles.