Containers explained

Containers are packages of services that can hold anything from a single function, such as a microservice, to a full application logic, data and runtime. Containers help in modern application composition by enabling certain functions to be taken from one environment, such as development, to another, such as production. This pluggable architecture gives IT organizations the ability to remove a piece of the application for updating and feature remediation without having to take down the entire application.

As more, smaller packages are created for containers, issues of container management and security arise. A range of tools exist to help in those tasks, with Kubernetes becoming the most popular container management system.

Open-source container image registry Harbor reaches 2.0 milestone

The Open Container Initiative (OCI) has announced the general availability of Harbor 2.0. The latest release makes it the first OCI-compliant open-source registry capable of storing cloud-native artifacts such as container images, Helm charts, OPAs, and Singularity. In addition, it enables pulling, pushing, deleting, tagging replicating and scanning artifacts. “Although Harbor is now OCI-compliant, existing … continue reading

Cloud Foundry releases Paketo Buildpacks to provide application language runtime support

The Cloud Foundry Foundation announced the launch of Paketo Buildpacks to make it easier for cloud-native developers to build code into a container by automatically detecting which language, frameworks, and runtimes are needed.  Developers can then use buildpacks to then perform code compilation and configure the container for development, according to the foundation. “Paketo Buildpacks … continue reading

Gartner’s 3 requirements for APM

APM, as Gartner defines it in its Magic Quadrant criteria, is based on three broad sets of capabilities, and in order to be considered by Gartner an APM vendor, you have to have all three. Charley Rich, Gartner research director and lead author of its APM Magic Quadrant, explained: The first one is digital experience … continue reading

Application Performance Monitoring: What it means in today’s complex software world

Software continues to grow as the driver of today’s global economy, and how a company’s applications perform is critical to retaining customer loyalty and business. People now demand instant gratification and will not tolerate latency — not even a little bit. As a result, application performance monitoring is perhaps more important than ever to companies … continue reading

Docker refocuses on developers with new updates to Docker Desktop and Docker Hub

Container image company Docker has announced that it is completely shifting its focus to developers. The company has revealed that it will expand Docker Desktop and Docker Hub, as well as partnering with the current ecosystem of Docker tools. Updates to Docker Desktop will help accelerate onboarding new developers to team workflows, help new developers … continue reading

Software predictions for 2020 from around the industry

Thought leaders weigh in on what we can expect from the software development industry in 2020: Adam Scroggin, CEO of CardBoard DevOps will continue to be key as we move toward 2020. Software teams will notice more and more that once a product is released, it is not done. Software products are never done. We … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Brave 1.0, Testim’s new development kit for AI-based testing, and Snyk releases new container security solution

Brave launched its new browser designed to offer users a fast browsing experience, while funding the Web through a new attention-based platform of privacy-preserving advertisements and rewards. Brave’s private ads and payment platform (Brave Rewards) is now available for iPhones and iPads in addition to desktops and Android devices.  “Either we all accept the $330 … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Cloud native means Kubernetes

Attending the Pivotal SpringOne conference last month has hit home how important is the alignment around Kubernetes in the cloud-native technology world. This event is a developer conference for the popular Java web framework Spring — Pivotal was keen to quote from the recent JetBrains survey that the two most popular offerings in this category … continue reading

Red Hat’s Quarkus sets Java up for a cloud-native world

Red Hat has announced the release of Quarkus 1.0, a Kubernetes-native Java stack built for containers and cloud deployments. According to the company, as application development continues to evolve, Quarkus will work to bring Java into the future and get it ready for serverless, cloud and Kubernetes environments. “Quarkus represents a fundamental shift in modern … continue reading

Choosing between serverless and containers

Serverless and containers are both software architecture design choices, which causes a common misconception that it is either one or the other, according to Chris Parlette, director of cloud solutions for the cloud services company ParkMyCloud. “A lot of people put serverless against containers, but there is room for both,” he said. There are three … continue reading

Nubix.io launches a developer edition of its edge-native tiny containers

IoT edge-native containers and analytics provider Nubix.io wants to help the edge meet its full potential with the announcement of its new developer solution. The developer edition of its edge-native tiny containers provides access to a library of sensors, analytics and tiny services for creating IoT applications. ‘For the edge to have any chance to … continue reading

Simplifying microservices with a service mesh

In the world of software, things are getting smaller all the time: smaller teams, smaller bits of code, smaller releases, smaller places for code to live and execute (containers). The point of getting smaller is to allow your organization to think bigger by getting the most advantage out of cloud resources and bringing more value … continue reading

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