Containers Will Change Your Data Center Infrastructure and Operations Strategy

Archived Published: 28 March 2016 ID: G00292150

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The rapid pace at which containers are being adopted in the data center will soon impact many I&O organizations. Infrastructure managers must embrace this change to address the demands of bimodal IT, but in a controlled and tactical manner.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • The lack of container-related platform system processes and support techniques will impact I&O leaders' ability to deliver on containerization's agility promise
      • Operations Management
      • Application Software Installation
      • Service Management
      • Infrastructure Software Installation and Management
      • Physical and Virtual Server Installation
    • Nascent native data persistence and data protection capabilities in containers will limit the ability of storage managers to deliver on resiliency objectives
    • The dynamic and transient nature of containers will create several new operational and technological challenges for networking leaders
      • Containers and VMs Have Different Networking Stacks
      • Not All Containers Impact the Network the Same Way
      • Containers Can Impact Network Operations Dramatically
      • The Container Networking Landscape Is Fragmented
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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