Oracle unveils their new Verrazzano Enterprise Container Platform
First, the problems. According to David Cabelus, Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle, the company found customers adopting more and more container technology and looking for ways to move existing applications in that same DevOps world, to receive the same DevOps benefits. They were also seeing customers looking to run Kubernetes clusters in both on-premise data centers and public clouds. This, according to Cabelus, is pretty challenging.
To that end, Oracle has developed the Verrazzano Enterprise Container Platform, which is a hybrid, multi-cloud, Kubernetes-based platform for running both cloud-native and traditional applications. How does it all work? According to Cabelus, “Think about multiple microservices that you want to run together, it may be coupled with an existing application, things like the Strangler Pattern, and you want to deploy these as a unit. Verrazzano enables you to model that and then enables you to actually push it to whatever cluster you want to push it to.”
Cabelus goes into more detail on this. “Verrazzano does a whole lot of heavy lifting beyond that. So instead of having to learn the intricacies around an Istio service mesh and setting up network policies and so forth, Verrazzano really takes all that and says: Okay, let’s make this very simple for you. Give us two YAML files deployed into this environment and Verrazano goes the last 10 yards for you.”
What are the competitors to Verrazzano? Cabelus mentions OpenShift and Tanzu. How does Verrazzano differ from its competitors? To that end, Cabelus points out, “What’s different about Verrazzano is we have a very large installed base of Java EE customers. These customers don’t want to rewrite their applications, they want to be able to say: I just want those DevOps benefits, help me get those into this world of containers, and then give me something that’s going to be a general-purpose platform.”
When asked how Verrazzano fits into the Oracle Cloud ecosystem, Cabelus states, “Just like the services that are developed in Oracle Cloud, which are centered around a series of core requirements and design principles for modern application development, Verrazzano uses those same exact principles.” He finishes off by saying, “We have a number of integrations coming up. As they roll out, we will integrate with them so it’ll run really well on OCI and elsewhere.”
Video Summary was written by Jack Wallen