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Red Hat offers a container development kit (CDK), which is a pre-built container development environment based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for users to begin developing container-based applications.
The containers used can be easily deployed on any Red Hat container host or platform and platform-as-a-service solution such as, OpenShift Enterprise 3.
In order to remove the need for users to assemble a container development environment from scratch, CDK delivers all the latest tools in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machine that can be used on Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, RHEL or Fedora Linux System.
A Virtual-to-Container (v2c) tool is
also available to convert VM images to containers. The v2c tool is designed to make it easy to take a working VM with a single application and generate a Dockerfile that runs the same application.
Red Hat, which is the second largest contributor to Docker and Kubernetes, provides container-focused solutions to give users infrastructure, platform and control to take advantage of everything containers offer.
Oracle owns the operating system (Sun Solaris), multiple virtualisation software solutions (Solaris Zones, LDoms and Xvm) and also server hardware (SPARC).
Its virtualisation, which is engineered for open cloud, offers open standards-based server and desktop virtualisation.
The server virtualisation products include Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC, both of which are designed for efficiency and optimised for performance.
It also offers virtualisation built into hardware and Oracle operating systems to deliver a more optimised solution.
The desktop virtualisation products include Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VM VirtualBox, enabling access for standard PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, Smartphones and tablets.
Oracle’s VM VirtualBox enables desktop virtualisation for all users on x86 operating systems, providing support to run Oracle Linux, Windows and Oracle Solaris virtualised locally.
Amazon Web Services
Amazon’s EC2 Container Service (ECS) is a highly scalable, high performance container management service which supports Docker containers and allows you to run applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances.
The benefits include flexible container placement to schedule long-running applications and batch jobs, along with the use of APIs to get up-to-date cluster state information to allow users to integrate their own custom as well as third party schedulers.
The AWS partnership with Docker is designed to provide an easier service for uses to deploy an enterprise Containers as a Service (CaaS).
By using AWS Quick Start reference deployments users are able to quickly deploy Docker containers on the AWS cloud.
VMware, which is considered to be one of the leading pioneers of the virtualisation industry, developed its x86-based virtualisation in 1988 and since then has continued to represent itself as a significant innovator in the market.
The company provides the needed fundamental virtualisation technology for x86-based hardware suppliers and also offers a variety of software-based portioning approaches, utilising both hosted and hypervisor architectures.
One of its product, VirtualCenter, is virtual infrastructure management software that is used to manage an enterprise’s virtual machines as a single, logical pool of resources.
The company says that its technology can help users to boost IT efficiency, maximise IT investments and also provide a competitive advantage.
The company also recently introduced VMware NSX, a network virtualisation platform for the software-defined data centre.