Apprenda is especially noteworthy when considering the Kubernetes CaaS scenario - Containers as a Service.
Apprenda offers Kubernetes cluster implementation and support packages, for service scenarios such as Google, AWS, IBM or in-house.
Specializing in container implementation including Docker as well, Apprenda offers a whole Enterprise PaaS, with component parts bringing deep domain expertise in these areas, notably through their Kismatic acquisition., integrating it with their own architecture as described in this announcement.
Apprenda offers what they describe as an 'Enterprise PaaS', providing a 'container' technology for Linux and Windows servers that abstracts software developers from the underlying Cloud environment, providing them APIs to make use of the functionality, such as auto-scaling, without being bound to that platform. They're similar to Virtual Machines but don't require a guest OS.
Apprenda offers a catalogue of common PaaS components for accelerating software development and modernizing your existing apps for the Cloud, and this initiative is intended to link a deployment path to Kubernetes, so that this can accelerate microservices. As they describe:
"This should provide Apprenda PaaS customers with the ability to build and launch microservices-based applications and then run those apps in the cloud."
Among their many white paper resources, here is a short list to check out:
- The core Enterprise PaaS design, how it is introduced into the enterprise environment, a market trend for which GigaOM describes the benefits.
- PaaS and the Hybrid Cloud, how the PaaS can be deployed across both internal private Clouds as well as public IaaS, forming a Hybrid Cloud.
- PaaS and Mobile Development - PaaS will be especially explosive when used within a context of mobile enablement.
With a Microsoft focus, you can learn about their compatibility with the MS platforms here.
Enterprise PaaS vs CaaS - Container as a Service
Cloud Native Transformation through 'SaaSification'
One of the key opportunities for Telcos is simply to leverage the existing Cloud Best Practices already pioneered by the Enterprise / SaaS market, who have long mastered the 'SaaSification' process of transforming legacy, hardware-centric software systems into service-centric, on demand ones.
This could be repeated for NFV, as AT&T is pioneering with Apcera and Ericsson.
- Enterprise PaaS - One platform spanning multiple data-centers and clouds.
- One platform for your entire custom application portfolio. Build, deploy, run, and manage your traditional .NET and Java applications, together with your microservices and container based workloads.