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Once or twice a decade, the IT industry reaches an agreement that an emerging technology is the next big thing—and containers are clearly the next big platform for applications. For most enterprises, it’s not a matter of “if” containers make it into production, but “when” containers make it into production.

I wrote earlier this spring about Red Hat’s unique opportunity to make money by simplifying open source for the enterprise. And, as the #RedHat Summit in San Francisco opens this week, it’s clear that simplicity is still what is missing around containers. The container market is still very much the Wild West in terms of emerging open source (#Kubernetes, DC/OS, #Docker SWARM) and commercial platforms (#Azure Container Service, #Amazon #Lambda).

It’s also a tough market for buyers to decipher as they place their architecture bets.

As organizations evolve their architectures beyond virtual machines, and look for better ways to embrace the new container form factor, they’re also looking for a little simplicity. One startup that hopes to crack the code on open source monetization and simplification of containers in one fell swoop is Diamanti. I spoke with Diamanti vice president of products, Mark Balch, to learn more about the hardware innovation that’s happening around containers, the network and storage barriers that have challenged container operations, and the company’s latest efforts around Red Hat’s OpenShift.

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