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ONUG Spring 2017 April 25 & 26 ONUG Fall 2017 October 17 & 18

Container Networks and Network Containment



Chris Swan

Chief Technology Officer, CohesiveFT




Containers aren’t a new thing, but the Docker project has made them a hot topic as organisations look at new ways to build, ship and run their applications. This brings new challenges for the network as containers are likely to be ten times as numerous as virtual machines. At the same time there is regulatory pressure to move away from the flat LAN model and deliver greater separation and segregation. This presentation will look at how these two forces are coming together, firstly by examining how containers are networked and some of the new approaches and challenges that come with that. This will be followed by a look at how overlay networks are being deployed to achieve ‘microsegmentation’, and ultimately drive a shift towards application centric networking. Of course these forces will collide, bringing us to contained networks of containers.