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A free choice of the most innovative cloud services, future-proof, cost-effective solutions, a fast pace, maximum flexibility, lean processes – the multi-cloud offers all these advantages. However, ongoing operations must not be disrupted during the transformation and existing applications should remain available in many cases. Platform-independent container services which combine the existing IT world with the new digitized environment are the ideal solution.
Container services allow applications, middleware and databases to be operated on any platforms. Using a managed service with defined SLAs (Service Level Agreements) gives you maximum stability and you no longer need to worry about your productive systems. For testing and development projects, the self-service gives you maximum flexibility. You can enable and disable your applications as necessary and thus reduce costs by only paying for what you actually use.
If an application is developed as a container solution, it can be operated on numerous different platforms – in the private or public cloud or even in your own data center. And this also applies to applications that were not originally intended for the cloud. During the transformation (cloud shift), such applications are prepared for the virtualized environment and thus merge seamlessly into the new infrastructure.
For most companies, the container principle is nothing new. However, many companies are reluctant to implement it themselves. However, it is well worth the effort. After all, a full range of products based on this technology is available and all of these products are geared to the future. The study entitled “Now Shipping: The Docker and Containers Ecosystem” by 451 Research confirmed this: Docker (open-source software for isolating applications in containers) received US$ 150 million in venture capital in 2015 and is the number one item of software among capital providers.
Docker is the basis for T-Systems’ containers and offers enormous potential. After all, the Docker library contains over 30,000 containers which customers can choose from and then develop an ideal version depending on their own intended use. The necessary interfaces are provided from the start and the containers work with all new Linux versions and with Windows Server 2016. They can be managed and monitored together as part of container management in order to ensure that each container is only executed in the environment for which it was intended, e.g., in a public cloud. Because all containers run on different virtual machines, they achieve maximum reliability. If a fault occurs in one system, the container is automatically launched on another virtual machine within seconds. As a result, the application continues to run with no problems.
The container services from T-Systems allow dynamic applications on all platforms, and all services are checked. A manufacturer-independent service catalog offers maximum flexibility – and the choice between a managed service and a self-service. It is always up to the customer to choose the platform on which their applications are operated. Take advantage of this technology as part of Dynamic Applications & Database Solutions from T-Systems. The end-to-end offering combines application, middleware and database operations with transformation and migration services for moving applications to the cloud.