Cloud directions: Containerization is coming

Jun 28, 2016 1:00:54 AM
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Containerization and microservice architectures figure prominently in the future of the cloud

One often heard buzz word in cloud talk is containerization. Don’t roll your eyes—containers and containerization, and the closely related idea of microservices, are some of the best things to happen in and to the cloud.

Containerization technology aims to deliver the portability of data and applications, a goal which open systems initiatives in IT have pursued for decades. Similar to virtualization, containerization isolates applications from their infrastructural systems, but with greater simplicity and more universal standardization than virtualization has been able to accomplish. As a result, applications would be able to run on any facilitating technology layer of systems software and hardware.

In a simple analogy, the sea would be the underlying infrastructure and ships are cloud platforms. The ships carry standard containers that can be moved and loaded anywhere, in any fashion. The goods in the containers are the applications. In the containerized cloud, containers can be provisioned and managed according to best practices without considering their application content. Applications become more easily discoverable and shareable.

Microservices are coming your way

Containerization makes developers’ lives easier because they do not need to build and recompile their applications for different environments. Containers support microservices performing closely defined, small tasks. System development in a microservice architecture can be modular and continuous, delivering one process or task at a time in short steps. And, because containerization entails independence from underlying technology infrastructures, developers can create their microservices by using the programming tools and databases they prefer. Changes in containerized applications can be much smaller in scale, which makes them easier to test and less risky. What’s more, containers are easy to launch and deploy, allowing rapid scalability. By the same token, decommissioning them is also fast and simple.

The agility and flexibility of the service-based container model prompts Gartner to assert that “containers are emerging as a critical technology” and “microservice architecture is an emerging pattern.” Gartner analysts named service architecture as one of the top-ten technology trends in 2016.

One of today’s leading container solutions is Docker, which we use in solution development at To-Increase. Large cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are partnering with Docker.

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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