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Take (Limited) Action to Prepare Your Data Center Network for Containers

Published: 29 March 2016

ID: G00301425

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


The hype surrounding Docker has led many enterprises to look at container technologies within their data centers. To date, the hype far outweighs production deployments, but it's time for network architects to prepare for the unique challenges brought on by containers.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Introducing Containers to the Network Team
  • Containers Are a Hot Topic
  • Why Containers?
  • Containers Are Primarily for New Apps

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The emergence of containers in the enterprise creates several new operational and technological challenges for networking teams
    • Not All Containers Impact the Network the Same Way
    • Containers and VMs Have Different Networking Stacks
    • What Containers Require From the Network
    • Operational Differences
    • Functional and Technological Differences
    • Networking Doesn't End at the Enterprise Data Center
    • Recommendations
  • The technology landscape associated with container networking solutions is fast-evolving and fragmented, making it difficult for network architects to determine which vendors and architectures are best-suited for their usage scenarios
    • Recommendations If You Need On-Premises Multihost Container Networking Solutions Today
    • Landscape Changes Are Coming
    • Network Management Has a Long Way to Go
    • Intent-Based Networking (IBN)
    • Midterm Recommendations
    • Summary

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