Announcing Legacy Application Modernization Live Workshops

It is an exciting (and stressful) time to work in IT. The IT organization is challenged to maintain the existing applications and infrastructure that power the business, and is pressured to adopt modern, cloud-based technologies to deliver scale and agility, or cut costs.

The journey to the cloud (and cloud-native technologies, like containers) is the biggest transformation in IT since virtualization—and is far greater in scope and magnitude. Migrating existing workloads to the cloud is complex and can disrupt the business if not treated carefully. This is where Apcera comes in.

Overcoming Docker Networking Challenges with the Apcera Platform

The following article is an excerpt from the whitepaper “Docker In Production: Regaining the Promise".

Rather than building up to it, let’s start with one of the more difficult challenges for Docker in production: handling the networking aspects. Managing and securing network communication between an ever-growing number of Docker containers in a production environment requires considerable effort.

The Methodology for Successfully Bringing Containers to Production

I work closely with systems integrators and many of them tell me their clients are asking how to leverage containers and microservices. Based on this growing interest, system integrators are identifying solutions and establishing a methodology for their customers. In my conversations I often ask what are the primary business outcomes their clients are looking to achieve. Surprisingly, the vast majority of the system integrators can’t give me a direct answer—and I can only count on one hand those that can.

Liar Liar Pants on Fire. The Broken Promises of the Cloud

The promise of the cloud is what initially captured my attention and affections. The promise of freedom (No more vendor lock-in! Portability!). The promise of flexibility (Rapidly scale applications in real time!). The promise that I could do all of this without sacrificing security or control. Essentially, the cloud was promising a better way of doing things. And, to some extent, the cloud delivered. But not in the way it was promised or in the way I expected. Once I was in the trenches, I realized that there was a huge gap between the promises and the reality.

“Why Nano-Segmentation Matters” and Other Apcera Meetups

Here at Apcera we care deeply about sharing our passion for innovation with the local community and beyond. One of the ways that we like to get involved is by hosting meetups at our headquarters in SoMa San Francisco. Some of the upcoming meetups we’re hosting include:

Software Circus - Tuesday, August 9th @ 5:30pm

Containers 101 - Wednesday, August 17th @ 5:30pm

Mounting AWS EFS volumes inside Docker Containers

Amazon announced the development of the Amazon Elastic File System (AWS EFS) in 2015. EFS was designed to provide multiple EC2 instances with shared, low-latency access to a fully-managed file system. On June 28, 2016 Amazon announced that EFS is now available for production use in the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) Regions.

Docker in Production with the Trusted Cloud Platform

Docker containers are all the rage these days. These containers offer the speed and flexibility that developers crave, which is why the Docker Hub has received over 2 billion pulls since 2013!

While the hype is well-deserved, Docker containers are used more in test/dev environments—not in production. Why is this?

Docker in Production is Too Easy

Anyone can use Docker in production. Spin up a container that the rest of the world can access, point other people at it with the expectation it will serve data to them, and congratulations you have Docker in production. But is this really want you want?