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Containers Will Change Your Data Center Infrastructure and Operations Strategy

Published: 28 March 2016

ID: G00292150

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Dennis Smith , Arun Chandrasekaran


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
  • Impacts


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

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