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© 2020 Mirantis Inc. All Rights Reserved. Information is subject to change. | www.mirantis.com Enterprise Container Platform Buyer's Guide 4 Container Platforms: What are they? What is required? And what are the benefits? Just as a reminder, a container is a standard unit of software that packages up code and all its dependencies so an application can run quickly and reliably across different computing environments. A container is portable, lightweight and secure, and these characteristics together fostered a new way of computing and revolutionized how modern applications are built and deployed. Containers abstract away application dependencies and spurred the growth of microservices-based application architectures� Container platforms provide a secure environment to build, share and run container- based applications at scale. In order to provide a complete end-to-end platform, you need a container-based development environment as well as container execution, orchestration, integration, security, and management capabilities designed to provision and control container clusters across multiple on-premises and cloud inf rastructures� A container platform goes beyond Kubernetes and the Docker Engine to build a complete solution around the lifecycle of containerized applications, including how those applications are created, where they are stored, and how they get integrated into other IT tools and processes� Use cases of container platforms include: • Cloud migration and multi-cloud portability Containerizing applications makes them portable across any environments, e.g. on- prem, hybrid or multi-clouds. Container platforms provide a set of tools and methodologies to help customers containerize their applications at scale, without requiring any code changes. • Application modernization and microsevice Containerizing is the first step to further application modernization� Container platforms enable organizations to begin the work of segmenting off specific capabilities and building new microservices to replace old monolithic architectures or replacing key building blocks and moving them to cloud- based services (e.g. moving to DBaaS). • Implementing DevOps Container platforms are an enabler of DevOps, in particular the application delivery pipeline� Containerized applications become immutable objects that can be passed along securely along the delivery pipeline. Safe container images can be stored in a trusted registry after vulnerability scanning and other verifications. You can ensure that your entire software supply chain is secured and uninterrupted provenance of your application content as it progresses f rom development to test, to QA and staging and production� What are the requirements for a container platform? A container platform should provide a complete solution for building, sharing and running containerized applications� Oftentimes, focus is placed strictly on the running of containerized applications, however the biggest impact of containers on an organization is the transformational change it brings to the entire software development process� A container platform should address the needs of both developers and operators who often work in different paradigms. Container platforms should improve the collaboration and handoff between these groups. Thoroughly understanding your current and desired DevOps skills and needs will help you in the process of container platform selection. The ultimate goal is

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