The Need for an Easy-To-Use Container Platform

Kontena’s ease of deployment and use means efficient scalability starting from the smallest of environments

Recently, more and more research studies about container adoption have been popping up - like mushrooms in the Finnish forest after a late summer rain. In one of the most recent studies, this one sponsored by the Cloud Foundry Foundation and published by O’Reilly, nearly half of the respondents continue to feel that containers are “too complex to integrate into existing environments” and more than one third are scared by the fact that containers require “too many skilled resources to manage” both of these leading into “not a big enough cost reduction” for containerization to make sense for these respondents.

We saw that one coming already two years ago which gave us the initial push to start developing the Kontena open source project to give the world an easier way to deploy and manage containers at any scale. Don’t get me wrong, complexity isn’t necessarily always a nasty thing should you have the resources to deal with it both initially and over the longer term. Complexity becomes a major problem when you want to start small and like with everything new, people tend to like starting small also when containerizing their applications.

The issues related to overly complex systems come up repeatedly when discussing with people wanting to jump on the Docker bandwagon. While writing this blog post from The Full Stack Fest event in Barcelona, this has been one of the most frequent topic for any discussions I’ve had in here during the first day. The fact that with some systems you spend easily couple weeks before even deploying your first container (big part of it goes to learning the multiple APIs and commands), complexity becomes prohibitive scare & time and resources sink as proved by the study above. Not to even mention “deer in the headlights” reaction when these guys start to think about long term maintenance of the beast. What we are really striving for at Kontena, is to make it extremely easy and fast to get to the point of deploying your project (iow stack of containers), whether it is on your desktop Vagrant, on premise, AWS, GCP, Azure or bare metal cloud such as Packet (btw click here for $25 worth of Packet credits).

In order for people to truly “get” containers, start breaking up their on-premise monoliths, and roll out containerized microservices in the cloud, the adoption curve will need to be lowered not only on the containerization side - where it is in decent shape, but also on the orchestration and management side. At Kontena, we are packaging everything, truly everything, one needs to run and scale containers in development and production, and combining this “all batteries included” approach with high level of automation and simple set of CLI commands.

Just recently, Susan Hall from TheNewStack wrote an article about Kontena. In this article she was interviewing us, and some of our customers and industry analysts. Here's what they had to say:

Matti Paksula, CTO of Appgyver describes how Kontena compares to other container platforms.

Kontena has proven to be installable to any hardware that runs CoreOS or Ubuntu, and we’re currently able to just deploy and scale with a couple of commands. With other solutions, we would need to understand more of what’s actually happening with fairly complex Docker orchestration scenarios.

Jay Lyman, Cloud Management and Containers Research Manager at 451 Research also confirmed to Susan.

Kontena proposes a more complete and automated container that includes more functionality — such as scheduling, orchestration, network overlay, load balancing and secrets management — so that developers using containers do not have to search for and bond together the many individual components on their own for enterprise use.

Like there would be any other way? See for yourself – start here!

About Kontena

Kontena, Inc. is the creator of Kontena, an open source, developer-friendly container and microservices platform. Kontena is built to maximize developer happiness by simplifying running containerized applications on any infrastructure: on-premises, cloud or hybrid. It provides a complete solution for organizations of any size. Founded in March 2015, Kontena was recognized as one of the best new open source projects in the 8th annual Black Duck Open Source Rookies of the Year Awards. For more information, visit: www.kontena.io

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