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© 2020 Mirantis Inc. All Rights Reserved. Information is subject to change. | www.mirantis.com Enterprise Container Platform Buyer's Guide 3 Executive Summary In this modern era, digital businesses need to constantly adapt to fast-moving business parameters in order to maintain their competitiveness and increase customer loyalty and satisfaction. Their top priority has been to drive high-velocity innovation across their entire application portfolio - including both legacy and new applications - and be prepared for what comes next on ever-evolving inf rastructure. To enable faster application delivery, architects have been adopting the approach of microservices and containerization. They leverage container platforms to achieve a highly modular, flexible and scalable architecture, which in turn enables faster and more streamlined application development and delivery process� Solid container platforms should provide capabilities for building, sharing and running modern applications, boosting the productivity of the developers and operations teams at optimal costs. They should be the foundation for the modern-day digital platform that can satisfy current and future business needs� Docker popularized container technology when it launched in 2013 with an open source Docker Engine. Docker Engine is agnostic to any operating system - supporting any Linux distribution and Windows Server - and any cloud or inf rastructure� Because of its popularity, Docker has become synonymous with the overall container space� To successfully run container- based applications in production requires more than just the Docker Engine. Today's container platforms are built on industry-leading standards like the Docker container runtime and Kubernetes orchestration, but container platforms also add security, management and other capabilities we will explore in this guide. Over the years, Docker has become the leading and authoritative voice in the container platform industry. Docker was recognized as a leader in the enterprise container platform category in the Forrester New WaveTM: Enterprise Container Platform Software Suites, Q4 2018 report� Forrester added that Docker Enterprise "leads the pack with a robust container platform well-suited for the enterprise"� In addition, developers have voted Docker as the number 1 most wanted platform, number 2 most loved platform, and number 3 most used platform� In this buyer's guide, we share our many years of experience working with over 800 IT organizations in their container platform selection and implementation processes. When choosing a container platform, organizations need to clearly lay out their requirements after considering their own priorities in modern application development, delivery and operations� You need an evaluation f ramework to make a well-informed decision, whether you want to acquire a container platform f rom a vendor or build one piece-by- piece� The evaluation f ramework we provide in this paper considers all stages of modern application development - build, share, and run - along with security and governance models. We provide a description of the evaluation criteria, and then give you a list of questions you can follow to decide which platform suits your needs the best. Developers Love Docker Most wanted platform Most loved platform Most used platform

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