Cisco Gets Into Containers With ContainerX Acquisition
The tech vendor buys the early-stage startup, whose technology makes it easier for enterprises to manage containers across cloud and data centers.Cisco Systems, which has been nibbling at the edges of the growing container market, is now jumping into the space with the acquisition of an eight-person startup that is less than two years old and launched its first product in June. Officials with the tech vendor this week announced its acquisition of ContainerX, whose technology is designed to make it easier for enterprises to manage and integrate containers across multiple data centers and clouds. Containers are becoming increasingly popular as a way for developers to package complex software solutions and for enterprises to simplify increasing complex data center environments. Vendors like Docker and Mesosphere—which has gotten backing from Hewlett Packard Enterprise—are gaining traction in the space, and management tools like Kubernetes are hitting the market. No financial details regarding the deal were released. Cisco has been active in some areas of the space, including helping to found the Open Container Initiative—a project with the Linux Foundation—and by including container management features in its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure offering, which was unveiled in March. Now the company is looking to ContainerX to help address a growing demand, according to Rob Salvagno, vice president of corporate business development at Cisco.
"Many of our customers are starting to use containers to build, deploy and manage cloud native applications," Salvagno wrote in a post on the company blog. "Containers provide an easy, flexible way to build, test, deploy, and move applications across a variety of environments, including public clouds, private clouds and hybrid environments. Today the container space is in an emerging phase with Enterprises experimenting with adoption but at the same time wanting to see the level of security, manageability and interoperability they need within their IT environment."