Blog: Containers

GoDaddy to Shift Web Hosting Data Centers to AWS Cloud

Written by: , Mar. 29, 2018

Cloud Transition: Majority of GoDaddy Web Hosting Services to Run on AWS with Kubernetes

GoDaddy made a joint announcement with AWS in a press release this week stating that the company, known as the world's largest domain name registrar and most recognized brand in the web hosting industry, would be conducting a multi-year transition from independent private cloud data center management to investing in public cloud hardware and software services from Amazon.com for business operations. It can be argued that the investment in and maintenance of large scale data center operations on a private basis by web hosting companies has been one of the most distinguishing traits in the industry among the major brands. GoDaddy is one of the largest of the major web hosting companies to shift to AWS for hardware and platform tools that allow them to operate on massive scale of over 17 million registered users. It should be noted that GoDaddy already runs their managed WordPress hosting plans on AWS hardware using custom web server stack software optimized for the CMS, as WPengine, Pantheon, Acquia, & many other startup companies also currently do in competition. GoDaddy will continue to manage client domain name registration information on private data center hardware & facilities while most of the shared, VPS, & dedicated server web hosting plans will be transitioned to AWS public cloud hardware for easier maintenance with better pricing, security, & upgrades. GoDaddy also seeks to leverage AWS's available "machine learning, analytics, databases, and containers" platforms such as Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS), Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), & P3 Instances for AI/ML/DL generated product recommendations on domain appraisals. Although this is a major deal for both companies, the financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. It looks like a major capitulation by GoDaddy/MediaTemple to AWS.

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Cloud Container News: Ubuntu OpenStack, Tata Communications, JFrog, Open BMC, & Kaggle

Written by: , Mar. 22, 2018

Container-as-a-Service (CaaS), SSD Storage, & Open Baseboard Management Controllers

Ubuntu OpenStack released statistics last week which positioned the Linux software distribution as #1 overall in market share for cloud data center management built using OpenStack for network administration. Ubuntu claimed 55% of the total business investment in this sector in 2017 over rival enterprise Linux platform distributions from Red Hat OpenShift and SUSE Cloud 7 with MicroOS. In India, the software development outsourcing firm Tata Communications announced new support for a cloud Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform developed by their programming teams as a solution for:

  • Enterprise companies like telecoms, banking/finance, manufacturing, or ecommerce to adopt quickly in database modernization;
  • The production of custom-coded web/mobile apps with high performance cloud hosting support at the highest levels of user traffic;
  • Managing public/private/hybrid cloud network hardware for web publishing, mobile application, & SaaS product requirements.

Tata Communications continues a trend launched by Infosys and Wipro in building proprietary private cloud software solutions that can be used by outsourcing teams in supporting many enterprise corporations in operations simultaneously. Integrator companies can install Red Hat OpenShift, Ubuntu OpenStack, SUSE Cloud 7, CoreOS, or RancherOS with Docker virtualization to manage complex solutions for enterprise clients using open source software tools. Other major announcements this week included new VMware, IBM, & AWS collaboration in cloud platform solutions; Microsoft establishing new SSD/BMC standards for hardware manufacturers & data centers (Project Denali/Project Cerberus); and continued fall-out from insiders over Google's acquisition of the data science company Kaggle, including their expert programming staff, archives of research data, & millions of AI/ML/DL platform customers. Apache Hadoop adoption is still growing quickly as a solution for "big data" requirements, including IoT, ecommerce, self-driving cars, cloud network analytics, & search technology.

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SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7 & Container as a Service (CaaS) Platform

Written by: , Jul. 31, 2017

HPE & Micro Focus Launch Enterprise OpenStack & Kubernetes CaaS on SUSE Linux

SUSE Linux announced the release of their Kubernetes "Container as a Service" (CaaS) platform based on SUSE MicroOS at the LinuxCon (Beijing) in June of 2017. The SUSE CaaS Platform combines with the SUSE OpenStack 7 distribution to provide complete cloud data center management solutions for enterprise corporations, government agencies, higher education, & non-profit groups. SUSE Linux is one of the oldest and most trusted enterprise Linux distributions with more than 25 years experience in open source development. The SUSE CaaS Platform & OpenStack 7 distro both represent the latest products from a new corporate entity that combines professional programming teams from Micro Focus, HPE, Autonomy, & the original "Software und System-Entwicklung" (SUSE) Linux company based in Germany.

 

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CoreOS Tectonic: Container Linux, Quay.io, rkt, & etcd

Written by: , Jul. 28, 2017

Lightweight Linux Distro for Native Kubernetes Web Server Clusters & SaaS Apps

CoreOS, the cloud software development company that manages the Container Linux distribution, recently released Tectonic version 1.64 (5/31/2017) which provides a quick and easy way to deploy a Kubernetes cluster for web/mobile app support on AWS or a self-hosted cloud server network. Core OS has over 100 open source software projects under company development on GitHub including etcd, flannel, rkt, Ignition, Clair, Matchbox, dex, and prometheus-operators. Tectonic is free to use for Kubernetes clusters of up to 10 nodes, after which a number of different enterprise, data center, & business licenses are available with professional technical support. Quay.io is another cloud SaaS product offered by CoreOS under proprietary license which helps DevOps teams manage container snapshots with Docker or rkt, Kubernetes clusters, Container Linux, & CoreOS Tectonic in production at scale. Quay.io includes container snapshot management features with integrated security, analytics, billing, monitoring, repository builds, automated backups, and version control for web server stack software with advanced GitHub, Bitbucket, or Gitlab support (Dockerfile Build Triggers).

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Deis Releases "Draft" for Microsoft Azure: Automating Kubernetes with Helm

Written by: , Jun. 20, 2017

Draft: A Command Line Utility for the Auto-Production & Orchestration of Docker Containers

In April of 2017, Microsoft acquired Deis, a small start-up company specializing in container services for data center management, in order to integrate the Workflow, Helm, and Steward utilities for Kubernetes into the Azure Cloud platform. Workflow is a continuous integration suite for DevOps teams that enables Agile/Scrum workstation collaboration through distributed network teams with Docker, Kubernetes, and custom web server stack extensions for common programming languages like PHP, Python, Java, ASP.NET, Perl, Go, & Ruby on Rails. Helm charts allow for the easy management of build snapshots for Docker and Kubernetes containers at scale over millions of server nodes in the cloud. Steward is part of the Kubernetes incubator for Service Catalog development with Red Hat, IBM, & the Microsoft Deis team working together on the project. This month Microsoft announced the availability of Draft on the Azure Container Service, a new command line utility that speeds up the deployment and orchestration of Docker containers in Kubernetes clusters through the auto-installation of required stack software. Kubernetes can also be used with Apache Mesos, Rancher, and Docker Swarm on the Azure Cloud Platform to compete with similar product offerings from AWS, Google Cloud, Rackspace, & IBM.


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