Containers come to hyper-converged systems, but now what?
While enterprises can go to #Amazon Web Services ( #AWS )or #Azure to run containers, these public cloud environments may not satisfy IT pros seeking greater efficiency at all layers. Containers help with that at the OS level and up, while hyper-converged infrastructure ( #HCI ) helps at the hardware level — and together they can make a “pretty powerful combination,” said Dennis Smith, a research director at analyst firm Gartner. Adoption of #Docker ‘s container technology has quadrupled in the past year, so a solid platform to support both virtualization and containers is increasingly critical, according to Rob Steele, converged consulting systems engineer at RoundTower Technologies, Inc., a consulting and managed services firm in Cincinnati. “HCI [hyper-converged infrastructure] is going to continue to become the platform and infrastructure of choice for containers and virtualization workloads,” he said.