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Cisco unveils its own container platform for multicloud environments 

Cisco unveils its own container platform for multicloud environments 

Cisco recently announced a Kubernetes-based container platform called Cisco Container Platform (CCP), which will enable customers to run applications seamlessly same way, both on premises and in the public clouds, helping protect their existing investment on infrastructure.

Launched at Cisco Live conference, the CCP enables a multicloud environment, with accelerated and consistent configuration, deployment, and management on different deployments platforms, including Cisco HyperFlex, bare metal and virtual machines (VMs), on premises and in the cloud.

“Cisco is focused on enabling customers’ multicloud ambitions. Cisco Container Platform helps customers realize the potential of Kubernetes and containers, simplifying the deployment and management of Kubernetes clusters in a multicloud environment with enterprise-class security and compliance,” said Kip Compton, VP, Cloud Platform and Solutions Group, Cisco. 

Cisco collaborated with Google Cloud to leverage the power of Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and optimize Kubernetes platform for production-grade on premises environments. This will enable customers to run enterprise-ready containers on any infrastructure.

“As the adoption of Kubernetes has exploded, container orchestration and management have become of paramount importance to customers because they enable application portability and consistency across on premises and cloud-based environments,” said Eyal Manor, Vice President, Engineering, Google. “Cisco Container Platform is optimized in collaboration with Google Cloud to deliver a next-generation open hybrid cloud architecture, and represents an important milestone for our integrated Google and Cisco hybrid cloud solution coming later this year.”

The Cisco Container Platform automates the repetitive tasks, increases operational efficiencies, and eliminates the need to source, configure, and support multiple disparate solutions.

It is a turnkey solution for production-grade environments, which is open and extensible to other emerging open-source components, like Istio. It is delivered with advisory and support services by Cisco and its partners.

Cisco is expanding its growing portfolio with own container platform. Recently, it acquired Skyport Systems, a leading secure hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) provider, for hybrid cloud security.

Also read: Microsoft to use Cisco Solution Support for better network connectivity with Azure ExpressRoute

The Cisco Container Platform will initially be released on Cisco HyperFlex 3.0 in April 2018. Customers can license it separately or as an integrated solution.

A second edition of CCP, which will be supported on VMs, bare metal, and public cloud, will be available in summer 2018. Its pricing will be subscription-basis, based on number of cluster nodes deployed, with volume-based discounts.

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