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The Real Reason Red Hat Is Acquiring CoreOS

Last week, enterprise open source leader Red Hat announced it was acquiring CoreOS, an up-and-coming player in the red-hot container marketplace.

Container management: not what it used to be

Container management: not what it used to be

Superficially, the motivation for this deal is straightforward: Red Hat needs to round out its container story, and CoreOS fits the bill.

However, as with most of the enterprise infrastructure market, the vendor’s motivations are more complex – as is everything else about the world of containers.

Some might even say that complexity is the point.

Making Containers Enterprise-Ready

Since Docker, Inc. brought containers to the forefront of enterprise infrastructure software innovation back in 2014, the community of both vendors and enterprise developers have been struggling to implement containers in true enterprise scenarios.

Among the missing pieces: container orchestration and container management. Orchestration provides companies with the ability to deploy containers at scale, handling the ins and outs of the elastic scaling essential to the container value proposition.

Management complements the orchestration value proposition, providing visibility and control into orchestration environments as well as added security and other capabilities essential for running containers at the enterprise level.

Leading the container orchestration charge is Kubernetes, an open source effort largely out of Google. Docker has its own orchestration tool dubbed Swarm, but Kubernetes has the edge in terms of product maturity, and has established itself as the leader via an increasingly robust open source ecosystem.

Kubernetes, however, does not directly address the complexities of container management – and it’s this niche that CoreOS sought to fill with its Tectonic product. “Tectonic combines Kubernetes, the leading container management solution, with everything needed to run containers at scale,” explains the CoreOS Web site. “That means the best open source components, battle-tested security systems, and fully automated operations. Tectonic is enterprise Kubernetes.”

Read the rest of this article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2018/02/04/the-real-reason-red-hat-is-acquiring-coreos/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, IBM, Microsoft, and VMWare are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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