Five game-changing capabilities with IBM Containers on Bluemix

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Hopefully you are already familiar with container technology, specifically Docker, and the advantages this technology can provide. However, if this is a new concept, fear not—here are several good sources of information to get you up to speed:

At to the container service beta on Bluemix that was released in December of 2014. This expands the capabilities that provide enterprises with integrated tools and services they need to automate application deployment across the public cloud and on-premises cloud, enabling businesses to rapidly create portable applications and services that are not tied to specific cloud architectures.

Let’s take a look at five key capabilities that IBM Containers can provide.

1. Push and pull containers from on-premises to off-premises service

  • I have the ability to download and run containers on-premises (through a local workstation or private cloud) for use prior to running in the public cloud. Using the IBM Container Extensions (ICE) command line, I can easily automate the deployment of containers to a private or public cloud.

2. Hosted private registry with access controls

  • With security and privacy as top concerns, I do not want to store my containers in publicly accessible registry hubs. The IBM Container offering on Bluemix allows me to store my images on the cloud with the controls to ensure no one else can access them.

3. Integrated container monitoring and logging

  • As soon as I deploy new containers, I have insight to the CPU, memory and network utilization per container, as well as access to the latest log messages.

4. One-step public IP configuration

  • It could not be easier to request a publicly accessible IP address and assign it to a container using ICE commands. After fully testing the app in my container, I can bind a public IP to it and run the app on the Internet.

5. Services integration, including seamless infrastructure as a service and platform as a service with other Bluemix services, such as Watson Analytics

  • IBM Bluemix allows me to bind any Bluemix app to an existing container, enabling me to run my newly created PHP app on a container.

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What are your container use cases, concerns or issues? Check out IBM Bluemix today! Let’s continue the discussion in the comments below, or you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisRosen188.


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Chris Rosen
Chris Rosen is a Technical Product Manager for IBM Containers within IBM Cloud Business Unit. With over fifteen years’ experience, he has held a variety of roles within the organization. Currently, Chris is responsible for interfacing with development and design teams for IBM Bluemix, gathering and understanding customer requirements, and determining future product plans. He has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Rochester Institute of Technology. Chris also holds certifications for MCSA, MCSE, CCNA, ITIL, and OpenGroup IT Specialist.
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