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© 2020 Mirantis Inc. All Rights Reserved. Information is subject to change. | www.mirantis.com Enterprise Container Platform Buyer's Guide 7 Image management • Does the platform provide a private image registry? • What differentiates it? • Does it support on-premises and cloud registries? • Does the vendor provide an image marketplace? • Does the platform include a service catalog? • Are other marketplace/community images supported? • From which sources? Operations management • Does the platform monitor container availability, performance, and events? • How does it collect, store, present, and analyze data? • Does it use any metrics to analyze data and send alerts? • Does it trace API invocation? • What metrics and dashboards are provided? • How are product updates supported? • Does it integrate with leading monitoring and logging tools? Security features • What is the security approach throughout the container life cycle? • How are access, authentication, policies, and enterprise AD/LDAP enabled? • Is image signing and verification supported? • Are there certified or validated images? • Which features are provided by third- party integrations? User experience • How simple, intuitive, and customizable are UIs for developers and operators? • What development environments/ IDEs are supported? • How much training do development and operations teams typically require? • How complete and easily accessible are help, support, training, learning, and reporting documents? App lifecycle management • How are application development and deployment workflows created and modified? • How are users, tenants, and projects created and managed? • How are applications promoted in different stages? • How does it support testing and CI/ CD? • What application or microservice f rameworks does it support? Integrations and APIs • Does the platform integrate with other public and private cloud IaaS/PaaS platforms? • Is the container platform aligned with or sold as part of an inf rastructure platform? Does the container platform provide integrations with other public cloud services? • Are all UI functions available via API? 2 Adapted f rom the Forrester New WaveTM: Enterprise Container Platform Software Suites, Q4 2018 report The Stages of Container Platform Adoption An ideal container platform helps organizations deploy and manage applications faster and it secures the application pipeline at a lower cost than traditional application delivery models� This platform needs to suit the needs of your developers, operators, security teams and others, and they all need to buy into the choice of container platform� And yet success cannot be achieved by great technology alone. Factors like the organization and culture of your teams directly impact what you transform, how it's done, and who does it. You also need a strategy for how you will govern the container platform environment, how to assess your application estate, what your delivery pipeline will look like, and how to ensure all stakeholders play nicely together.

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