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Clouber: Modernizing Legacy Applications for the Cloud

Sep 14th, 2017 6:00am by
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Containers and Kubernetes have brought a whole new set of challenges to enterprises looking to migrate to the cloud. Two-year-old Clouber aims to make migration easy while taking advantage of these new technologies.

“People want two things: They want to migrate to the cloud and they want to modernize applications,” said Naveen Nimmu, Clouber co-founder and CEO. “We started looking at how we could help enterprises on this journey, and came up with our mCenter platform.”

Nimmu and co-founders Giri Vayalapalli and Venkat Sanapala applied to the problem their experience at Cisco, Ericsson, Sprint Nextel and elsewhere in which they worked on large data centers.

Clouber offers the ability to:

  • Convert bare metal / VMs to hybrid containers.
  • Migrate stateless as well as stateful applications using live migration technology.
  • Manage both public and private infrastructure, including monitoring and analytics, from a single dashboard.

Nimmu explained what the company means by hybrid containers:

“Containers work with any cloud, public or private. We also can work with stateful or stateless applications. We bring DevOps and CI/CD to all applications, be it microservices or legacy. Because we can handle any cloud, any type of workload, any architecture, we call our containers hybrid containers.”

In introducing Clouber’s pitch to the Alchemist Accelerator, Raj Meka, director of cloud operations at mobile Wi-Fi provider iPass, described Clouber as “handy” in migrating applications from its four data centers to AWS.

Enterprises typically take two weeks to migrate an application. It’s typically done manually, involving weeks of preparation, then reinstallation and testing, Nimmu explained in his pitch. Some applications cannot be migrated at all.

“Say a company has been a VMware shop running in a data center, Nimmu said in an interview. “They want to use public clouds because they want to be able to burst when needed. And they want to modernize applications so they can be more agile in feature development.

“So we go in and discover all their applications. Say they have 100 applications. We take the applications and make them portable, containerize them. In addition to becoming portable, they become self-reliant, they’re able to start themselves, they become more secure, they become more deployable to any cloud, so there can be development in one cloud and deployment in a different cloud. There’s this flexibility that opens up.”

It uses the Docker Image format and Kubernetes as defaults but can support others such as Amazon ECS.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company sets itself apart in its speed, which Nimmu claims in the pitch to be 100 times faster than competitors. Also, its auto-containerization feature gives it a leg up on the increasing number of managed Kubernetes vendors that require clients to do that initial work themselves.

“We don’t expect clients to have applications container-ready. We can onboard any application, and with few clicks automatically work that into a container. That’s kind of a unique feature that we have,” he said.

The auto-containerization feature encompasses the 12-factor concepts of container lifecycle methodology. Applications detach from infrastructure without any changes, becoming self-healing, scalable, secure, ready for container-based CD/CD methodology and more, he said.

He also says the company takes Kubernetes to the next level.

“Kubernetes is good for greenfield microservices applications. We want to provide that goodness for every legacy application — today, not a year from now or two years from now,” he said.

Clouber’s focus is on AWS, Google and Azure platforms. Its mCenter migration-as-a-service (MaaS) offering is available for download on the AWS and Azure marketplaces.

Nimmu cites OpenShift and VMware’s newly announced container service on Google clouds as competitors. But there’s also the likes of CliQr, CloudVelox and appOrbit.

You can find out more about Clouber at AWS re:Invent 2017, November 27-Dec. 1 in Las Vegas and at KubeCon North America 2017, Dec. 6-8 in Austin, Texas.

Feature image via Pixabay.

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