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Enterprise Container Platform Buyer’s Guide

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© 2020 Mirantis Inc. All Rights Reserved. Information is subject to change. | www.mirantis.com Enterprise Container Platform Buyer's Guide 11 Pros and cons of the container platforms available today To recap, an ideal container platform should provide a complete solution for building, sharing and running of containerized applications on any inf rastructures, be it on-premises, the clouds or a hybrid environment. It should address the needs of the past, present and future. Legacy applications in the past and new applications built in the present should be able to coexist in containers supported by the platform. Future innovations in application types, inf rastructures, and tooling should not make the platform obsolete. And its capabilities should address the needs of both developers and operators who work in different paradigms, and facilitate the handoffs between these groups. Security features are also a very important tenet in container platform evaluation� Container platforms need to have security models built in to enable the entire modern application delivery pipeline� Considering the container platforms available today on the market, Docker Enterprise is the only comprehensive and open platform that lives up to all the promises� Traditional PaaS platforms like Red Hat OpenShift and Pivotal PAS and smaller point products like Rancher all have their blind spots: » Traditional PaaS platforms provide insufficient tooling on locked platforms, and promote antiquated way of developing and deploying applications. Some of them like Red Hat may tout their being open source. And yet there is clearly platform dependency: Cri-O, Service Mesh, certified containers, and dev applications all tie back to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). » Smaller point products tend to not cover the whole spectrum of build, share, and run. Rancher, for example, only caters to "run". They do not provide developer tools to build and there is no secure software supply chain enabled by trusted registries. Point products often have gaps in tooling to address the needs of all personas across developers, operators, security and governance. Carefully use the evaluation f ramework provided in this guide to help you navigate the landscape of container platforms and avoid the gotchas such as lack of platform openness and extensibility, and inability to address the needs of all personas. We are confident you will make an informed decision to take your business to the next level of competency� US +1-650-963-9828 mirantis.com/contact EMEA emea@mirantis�com Japan +81-3-6635-6355 info�jp@mirantis�com China china@mirantis�com Get Started with Docker Enterprise Docker Enterprise is available as an annual subscription inclusive of software and support. To learn more, visit www.mirantis.com/docker-enterprise. Experience Docker Enterprise for f ree by installing an evaluation cluster� Get started at www.mirantis.com/launchpad�

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