Container clusters have an inherent complexity. A distributed container application in the cloud can be complex at planning, installation and configuration, maintenance and failure search. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are mostly limited by their financial and personnel restrictions. Using advanced cloud technologies like a container cluster often requires high personnel expenses or the use of an external system builder. Additional to economical, security- and governance issues also technical vendor lock-in causes worries. This paper introduces C4S, an open source system for SMEs to deploy and operate their container application with features like elasticity, auto-scaling and load balancing. The system also supports transferability features for migrating container between different Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms. This paper presents a solution for SMEs to use the benefits of cloud computing without the disadvantages of vendor lock-in.

Keywords: Container, Docker, Container Cluster, Software Defined Network, Cloud Computing, SME

Details [QK2016a]

Author(s): Quint, Peter-Christian and Kratzke, Nane
Title(s): Overcome Vendor Lock-In by Integrating Already Available Container Technologies - Towards Transferability in Cloud Computing for SMEs
Journal: Journal of Cloud Computing Research
In book: Proceedings of CLOUD COMPUTING 2016 (7th. International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDS and Virtualization0
Pages: 38-41
Url: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292980185
Year: 2016