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M2C Container Teleports | @CloudExpo @GregoryJOconnor #IoT #API #SDS

Everyone is talking containers because they reduce a ton of development-related challenges

Machine to Container (M2C) Teleports Existing Enterprise Apps to the Cloud

It's been a busy time for tech's ongoing infatuation with containers. Amazon just announced EC2 Container Registry to simply container management. The new Azure container service taps into Microsoft's partnership with Docker and Mesosphere. You know when there's a standard for containers on the table there's money on the table, too.

Everyone is talking containers because they reduce a ton of development-related challenges and make it much easier to move across  production and testing environments and clouds. Containers are the technology that, many believe, deliver on the long-promised portability in the cloud to avoid vendor lock-in, and put developers, system administrators and their enterprises in the driver's seat.

Getting up to speed about containers is not easy, but the good news is, there is a way for developers and their enterprises to become an instant part of the container revolution.

It involves moving the applications that exist in enterprises today into containers so they can "build, ship, and run any app anywhere," as Docker says.

The key is to move just the application, not the entire machine -- and not an image of the machine. Let's call this approach "Machine to Container" or M2C. Packaging up an existing application into a container so you can move just the application and not the operating system makes them completely portable. You can leave the app in the container to be moved again, use it as a distribution system, or dissolve the container and leave your app installed on the new machine or cloud. M2C can be viewed as evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

In fact, the model for encapsulating physical machines into virtual machines (VMs), each with an operating system and programs, dramatically changed the makeup of enterprise data centers. Machine virtualization allowed developers to spread workloads around on servers that weren't being fully utilized. VMware became the commercial pioneer of machine virtualization with the automation to manage these new environments leading to its dramatic growth. Cloud computing evolved from this virtualization, bringing efficiency, automation and scale of operations for tremendous cost reductions.

Then along came Docker, with some  800 million downloads afforded by its container tech, arguably another form of virtualization. Like virtualization, containers redefine how applications are deployed. Sub-dividing compute resources has huge advantages and everyone knows it. Google is now rattling sabers with Kubernetes, its version for container orchestration. Startup CoreOS, which has its own containers, has adopted Google's management and provisioning approach to compete with Docker. Even VMware is transforming offerings to participate in this emerging market.

While there might not be a guerilla in the container market anytime soon, it is clear that the container approach is here to stay. With a new computing paradigm, there are many opportunities to add value, and it's clear the market will evolve from a single product offering into a robust ecosystem of companies serving this market.

So what's the fastest way to start using containers? One of the  biggest challenges to the adoption of virtual machines was how to convert the old physical machines to these new virtual machines in order to realize the cost savings and agility that come with machine virtualization. A set of companies emerged in mid-2000 to help system administrators migrate from physical to virtual machines. The same problem exists when it comes to containerizing existing applications.

With 99.9% of the applications in use today not containerized, it makes sense to get these applications into the container world fast for all of the reasons virtualization, containerization and the cloud make sense. We want to move from machine to container by migrating existing applications from inside a physical or virtual machine to a container.

So how does machine to container work? Migrating existing machines and applications into containers can be compared to image migration. Image migration migrates an entire machine, including the OS and the applications. Post migration remediation includes removing physical machine device drivers and replacing them with suitable virtual devices. While this approach works well for physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual use cases, the unit of work is the whole machine and there is no visibility into any of the layers inside a machine (operating system, management, web-server, app-server, database server, etc.).

On the other hand, M2C migrates apps by separating them from the operating system and copying them into a container. Once the application (with all its binaries, configuration, data and all its dependencies) is separate from the OS and replicated from the source machine into a container, the resulting package can be copied or provisioned to another machine, including a newer platform like Windows Server  2012.

The destination can have different machine characteristics (physical, virtual, on-premise, or cloud) and different characteristics inside the machines (OS, management apps, Terminal Services, application, etc.). The unit of work is granular (an app), allowing the characteristics of the host machine to change, but the application configuration within the machine can change as well. This flexibility results in the agility system administrators and infrastructure architects seek. It avoids getting locked into a deployment stack, and lets one keep up with new and emerging deployment offerings, like new OS releases, data center management suites, and cloud offerings.

Most of today's enterprise applications are Windows based, and, by nature, difficult to move. With containers gaining momentum, M2C can be viewed as the box that moves this software into the modern world.

@ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, June 7-9 2016 at New York City's Javits Center!

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2016 New York 
(June 7-9, 2016, Javits Center, Manhattan)

@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley
(November 1-3, 2016, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA)

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo, June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be.

Register for @CloudExpo/@ThingsExpo 'FREE' Before Friday! ▸ Here

Delegates to @ThingsExpo will be able to attend 14 simultaneous, information-packed education tracks.

There are over 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.

Join @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040), June 7-9, 2016 in New York City, for three days of intense 'Internet of Things' discussion and focus, including Big Data's indespensable role in IoT, Smart Grids and Industrial Internet of Things, Wearables and Consumer IoT, as well as (new) IoT's use in Vertical Markets.

Your conference registration includes all 14 @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo Tracks:

01 @CloudExpo: Enterprise Cloud Adoption
02 @CloudExpo: DevOps, Continuous Delivery and APIs
03 @CloudExpo: Mobility & Security
04 @CloudExpo: Containers & Microservices

05 @ThingsExpo: Big Data's Use in IoT & Analytics
06 @ThingsExpo: Smart Grids & Industrial 'Internet of Things'
07 @ThingsExpo: Show Me the Money! - IoT Developer Track
08 @ThingsExpo: Wearables & Consumer IoT

Hot Topics - Day 1:
09 @ThingsExpo: Vertical 'Internet of Things' Markets
10 @ThingsExpo: Identity in IoT, RTC & WebRTC

Hot Topics - Day 2:
11 @ThingsExpo: Node.js & Event-Driven Architecture
12 @ThingsExpo: Modern Data Centers

Hot Topics - Day 3:
13 @CloudExpo: Cognitive Computing / Machine Learning
14 @CloudExpo: Maker Movement

Register FREE Before Friday! ▸ Here


A General Session, November 3-5, 2015 in Silicon Valley

@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2016 New York 
(June 7-9, 2016, Javits Center, Manhattan)

@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley
(November 1-3, 2016, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA)

Speaking Proposals Open
Fourth International @ThingsExpo, co-located with 18th International @CloudExpo - being held June 7-9, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City, announces that its Call for Papers for speaking opportunities is open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

Submit your speaking proposal today! ▸ Here

Sponsorship Opportunities Open
@ThingsExpo, June 7-9, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City, is co-located with 18th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.

Sponsor and Exhibit at @ThingsExpo ▸ Here
Download Show Prospectus ▸ Here

Show Me The Money!
How We Built and Scaled an IoT Platform and Business

In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).

Download Chris Matthieu Keynote Slide Deck: ▸ Here

@ThingsExpo Named the World's Most Influential IoT Media Brand

@ThingsExpo has been named the Top Most Influential Internet of Things'Media Brand' by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.'

Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation.

Intel and Cisco have been named the world's most influential IoT brands, followed by SYS-CON Media's global IoT event, @ThingsExpo as the world's most influential IoT media brand. [continued]

New York and Silicon Valley Sponsors and Exhibitors
During our last New York and Silicon Valley events, over 12,000 (audited) delegates registered and participated at @ThingsExpo, in the world's largest 'Internet of Things' event, colocated with @CloudExpo. Our conference delegates met with over 160 of the world's leading technology pioneers that were among the sponsors and exhibitors, including:


Our Demo Theater on the Expo Floor attracts more delegates than the entire conference of other events

Acision, Actifio, ActiveState, AgilePoint, AIC , Akana, AlertLogic, Ambernet, Amplidata, Apacer Memory America Inc., Appcore, AppDynamics, AppZero, Aria Systems, Arista Networks, Automic, Avere Systems, Axis Communications, B2CLOUD, Basic6, Bestwebdesignagencies.com, Bitium, Blue Box , BMC, BroadSoft, Brother , Bsquare, BUMI, CA, Inc., Calm.io, CenturyLink, Ciqada, CiRBA, Cisco, Cloudant, an IBM Company, Cloudian, CoalFire, CodeFutures, COLUMN Technologies, CommVault, connect2.me, Connected Data, CrashPlan/Code42, Creative Business Solutions , Cynny Italia S.r.l, Dasher, dcVAST, DEAC, Dell, DevOps.com, Distrix , DragonGlass, Dyn, Edgecast , ElasticBox, Emcien, Endstream Communications/Open Data Centers, EnterpriseDB, e-SignLive, by Silanis, Esri, Evident.io, FierceDevOps, FireHost, Genband, Gigamon, GoodData, Gridstore, Harbinger Group , IAPP, IBM, IDenticard Access Control, Imperva, IndependenceIT, Infor, InMage, Innodisk, Intelligent Systems, Isomorhpic , ITinvolve, iwNetworks, Ixia, iXsystems , Jelastic, Kintone, KOTRA , Liaison, Litmus Automation, MangoApps, Matrix.org, MediaTek Labs, MetraTech (now part of Ericsson), Microsoft, Navisite, Net Access , Nimble Storage, NuoDB, Inc., Objectivity, OMG, Open Data Centers, OpenCrowd, Optimal Design, Oracle, OutSystems, Parasoft, Peak10, Peer 1 Hosting, PluralSight, Plutora, ProfitBricks, PubNub, Quality Technology Services , Quantum, Qubell, RackWare , Rancher Labs, Red Hat, r-evolutionapp , RingStor, Robomq.io, SafeLogic, SAP, ScaleMP, Seagate, Secure Infrastructure & Services, Sematext , SendGrid , Serena Software, Sherweb, SimpleECM, Site 24x7, Smartvue Corporation, SOASTA, SoftLayer, an IBM Company, SoftwareAG, Soha, Solgenia, SPAN Systems, Spirent, StackIQ, Stateless Networks, Storpool, Stratogent, Stratoscale, Supermicro, SUSE, Tau Institute, Telecity, Telehouse, Telestax, The New York Times , The Vision Times, TierPoint, TMCnet, Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium, Tufin, Ulunsoft, Utimaco, VASCO Data Security, Veeam, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Vicom Computer Services, VictorOps, Virtustream, VITRIA Technology, Vormetric, WHOA.com, Will Jaya, Windstream, WSM - Website Movers International, Zentera Systems, Zerto.


New York City June 2015 Expo Floor


Silicon Valley November 2015 Expo Floor

@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo Has Been a Must-Attend Event for Ericsson
This week, the team assembled in NYC for @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015. For the past four years, this has been a must-attend event for MetraTech. We were happy to once again join industry visionaries, colleagues, customers and even competitors to share and explore the ways in which the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact our industry. Over the course of the show, we discussed the types of challenges we will collectively need to solve to capitalize on the opportunity IoT presents. [continued]

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Greg O'Connor is President & CEO of AppZero. Pioneering the Virtual Application Appliance approach to simplifying application-lifecycle management, he is responsible for translating Appzero's vision into strategic business objectives and financial results.

O'Connor has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry. He was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress Software (PRGS). There he grew the company from concept to over $40 million in revenue.

At Sonic, he evangelized and created the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product category, which is generally accepted today as the foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Follow him on Twitter @gregoryjoconnor.