Cisco throws down gauntlet with Kubernetes support for CloudCenter, AppDynamics

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Cisco throws down gauntlet with Kubernetes support for CloudCenter, AppDynamics

Recognising that Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for container management, Cisco Systems has put together a cohesive offering it said will make customers more confident about adopting containers.

The company has brought Kubernetes support to the latest iteration of its CloudCenter and AppDynamics offerings. The company said the arrangement means enterprise customers can easily deploy, monitor and optimise containerised applications in both private and public clouds.

Solution providers, Cisco executives said, have a huge opportunity to cash in on services as container adoption accelerates. Cisco is also taking the opportunity to position itself as the industry's largest cloud-agnostic vendor, they added.

"Partners are champing at the bit to work with us more," said Matt Chotin, senior director of technical evangelism at AppDynamics. "Partners can ensure the success of migrations. Are we achieving the results we expected to? Are we helping you as a business meet your goals? It's extra value not just to the end customers, but to the partner. You're able to be a neutral, goal-oriented partner."

The aim of Cisco CloudCenter 4.9 and AppDynamics for Kubernetes is to move enterprises closer to adopting containers in production, said Dave Cope, senior director of market development for CloudCenter. "CloudCenter and AppDynamics allows adoption Kubernetes with confidence," Cope said.

By bringing Kubernetes support to CloudCenter and AppDynamics, Cisco is attempting to bring seamless deployment, monitoring and modernisation to containerised applications regardless of what combination of public and private clouds customers use.

It's "magical" how well CloudCenter and AppDynamics work together, Cope said, noting that they often worked together before each was acquired by Cisco. CloudCenter is the result of Cisco's 2016 acquisition of Cliqr. Cisco acquired AppDynamics the following year.

Now, Cisco is in an advantageous position regarding containers, especially considering its commitment to the multi-cloud environment, Cope said.

Bringing CloudCenter and AppDynamics to containers follows Cisco's introduction early this year of the Cisco Container Platform, a turnkey system designed to allow for the deployment and management of containerised applications across public and private clouds.

That system is intended to give Cisco partners a clear path to lucrative application life-cycle management and other services sold on a recurring revenue basis.

"Cisco is the largest IT vendor that doesn't have its own cloud," Cope said. "You can go with a private cloud, you can go to the public cloud. You can be a public cloud and stretch to execute on private cloud. Most other vendors have a vested interest in where your workloads go. That's not the way to do cloud. It's really about optimizing the logical placement of workloads based on business criteria and being able to place them where they belong," he said.

"We think Cisco has a unique opportunity to not only provide those capabilities, but tell that story, and it does resonate very well with customers. Whether you want to go to Azure, or VMware or IBM, we make that easy to do. We make it easy to manage and monitor on an ongoing basis," Cope said.

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