HyperGrid Bolsters Management Platform for Containers, Microservices

HyperGrid has updated its software-defined platform for managing a modern IT environment based on Docker containers has been updated to include a recommendation engine that determines where to optimally place workloads. HyperCloud 5.0 provides a complete platform for managing both microservices based on containers as well as legacy applications that have been encapsulated in a container.

HyperCloud addresses the need for an end-to-end approach to DevOps for managing modern application workloads regardless of whether they are running on virtual machines or bare-metal servers located on-premises or in a public cloud, says Manoj Nair, chief product officer for HyperGrid.

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In addition to a workload placement recommendation engine that advises IT organizations where best to place a workload, HyperCloud 5.0 provides access to a real-time cloud cost analysis and optimization tool. IT organizations also can take advantage of blueprints for modeling multitier workloads.

HyperCloud can be deployed on existing servers or as a virtual appliance provided by HyperGrid. Alternatively, HyperGrid makes HyperCloud available as a cloud application that can be invoked via a software-as-service (SaaS) application.

Fresh off raising another $15 million in funding, HyperGrid was formed by combining the assets of GridStore and DHCQ. Nair says the HyperGrid customer base is now equally split between internal IT organizations and managed service providers (MSPs), which in the age of microservices many organizations are relying on more to manage their IT operations.

HyperGrid addresses the management issue that is becoming prevalent in this new environment: As developers move to embrace microservices based on containers, most IT operation teams don’t have a framework in place designed to manage them. As a result, organizations are modernizing their application portfolios at a much slower rate than if they had tooling in place designed from the ground up to manage microservices, says Nair, adding that’s especially problematic when IT organizations are trying to leverage containers to lift and shift application workloads into the cloud.

Nair notes that HyperCloud is designed to be container orchestration engine-agnostic, but most of its use has involved Kubernetes.

Many IT organizations recognize a day of reckoning with microservices-based on containers is on its way. Containers provide developers with the simplest way to construct microservices. But most of the management platforms in place are optimized for a specific type of virtual machine environment. Containers, on the other hand, are proving crucial in terms of providing the flexibility required to deploy application workloads either on-premises or in a public cloud. However, most IT organizations can’t afford the costs associated with mastering each platform on which those containers might be deployed. In addition, most existing management platforms were not designed to keep pace with rapid changes to applications that containers also enable.

Faced with what amounts to a new age of computing based on microservices, embracing a new construct for managing IT for most enterprise IT organizations and MSPs is now simply more a matter of when rather than if.

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