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Evolution of containerization extends its cloud reach

Containerization is popular among cloud providers, as Google adopted Ubuntu to run Docker containers. And there are no signs of the movement slowing down.

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Docker and containers have certainly created a lot of buzz as more cloud providers climb aboard the bandwagon. Google recently took its container technology relationship to the next level and adopted Ubuntu to run Docker containers, among others.

"I knew this was coming, considering all the interest in Docker right now," said David Linthicum. "Everybody is watching the evolution of this technology."

Linthicum discussed the evolution and future of containerization and other cloud topics with Mitch Berke, vSpecialist manager at EMC. Other discussion topics included:

1. What does the latest evolution of containers mean for cloud?

"People are rethinking how they can deploy cloud applications as these distributed containers with loosely coupled data layers. … Docker folks are responding to that by making these things more lightweight and ultimately better-performing," Linthicum said.

What does the future of containerization look like? As multi-cloud deployments increase, containers that are able to live-migrate from cloud to cloud -- as well as well-designed applications localized in containers and decoupling databases -- middleware and security creates this orchestration of containers, according to Linthicum.

"It's like the magic carpet of applications that can be transported anywhere regardless of what's underneath it," Berke said.

Are providers excited about containerization? "Most providers are in the business of hosted infrastructure and hosted apps, so I think the application developers sprinkled across the world -- that's a major focus for them," Berke said. (5:10-13:44)

2. Are enterprises looking to build their own private cloud rather than buying third-party private clouds?

"Where everybody was interested in building a private cloud as their first [way] into cloud computing, now people are looking at public cloud providers," Linthicum said.

What's the driving force of this trend? Berke believes it's about simplicity, but doesn't see the DIY cloud movement drastically increasing.

"I'd be surprised if that number of the do-it-yourself clouds -- meaning not the name brand cloud management systems -- would increase that much more than what we're seeing," Berke said. (13:45-16:40)

3. As we move into the new year, what can we expect for the top tech trends in 2015?

While Linthicum and Berke see big things for the Internet of Things, there are some trade-offs to consider.

"The Internet of Things, while it offers a lot of information and conveniences, the trade-off is you really could be opening yourself up to some cyber-attacks," Berke said.

Are we over-automating things that shouldn't be automated?

"We run toward the features because it satisfies this need or desire that we have," Berke said. "And especially as consumers, we don't always think about the back-end effects and what are the consequences that go along with that." (16:43-23:15)

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This was last published in December 2014

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