As HC3 sees more and more adoption across distributed enterprise organizations, we are seeing accelerated adoption of containers and the use of API-driven automation such as infrastructure-as-code. Large organizations often have workloads that need to run within containers. Containerization is motivated by many factors: modern applications are often developed to be “container first”, microservices are increasingly being deployed, and hybrid cloud deployments demand portable workloads.
We at Scale Computing understand that HC3 must work flawlessly in supporting both VMs and containers. “Native container support” can be a somewhat nebulous feature.Still, all definitions come back to one central theme: no matter the implementation, it must be easy to manage and deploy containers programmatically. This is why we have made recent investments in our REST APIs that radically improve the speed and ease of mass-container deployment on HC3. Our set of REST APIs have already been incredibly popular with HC3 users. Practically everything that can be accomplished in the HC3 UI (and more!) can be automated with our APIs. As such, organizations can save management overhead by writing scripts to handle daily management tasks needed at scale, particularly when they are deploying containers. Perhaps the single most important REST API endpoint for deploying containers on HC3 is CloudInitData.