Cisco Container Platform Overview

Cisco Container Platform is the #7 ranked solution in our list of Container Management software. It is most often compared to OpenShift Container Platform: Cisco Container Platform vs OpenShift Container Platform

What is Cisco Container Platform?

Cisco Container Platform is a fully curated, lightweight container management platform for production grade environments, powered by Kubernetes, and delivered with Cisco enterprise-class support. It reduces the complexity of configuring, deploying, securing, scaling and managing containers via automation coupled with Cisco’s best practices for security and networking. Cisco Container Platform is built with an open architecture using open source components, so you're not locked in to any single vendor. It works across both on-premises and public cloud environments. And because it’s optimized with Cisco HyperFlex, this preconfigured, integrated solution sets up in minutes.

Cisco Container Platform is also known as Cisco CCP.

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Cole McKnight
Cloud Architect, Feltus Lab at Clemson University
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Enables the deployment/management of Kubernetes clusters from multiple resource providers at one location

What is our primary use case?

We have a Genomics lab at Clemson and we've been working with Cisco to use CCP to deploy Kubernetes clusters to run our genomics workflows on. We'll create a cluster and then run our workflows on that cluster. There are two options with the allocation I'm using. There's public — AWS/GCP/etc, and you can deploy on that. But all of my experience has been on-prem using Cisco's vSphere allocation.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is definitely the fact that you can use a single platform to deploy to different resource providers. Right now, the version I'm using has vSphere and AWS, but I know in the future they're planning on adding more. The ability to deploy clusters on-prem or to any number of public cloud providers is really valuable because you don't need to relearn or switch platforms to switch resource providers."
  • "One thing that is a little bit annoying about Cisco Container Platform is that for each cluster you create you have to go through the same web form each time. If you're creating two identical clusters, you still have to go through that web form twice."

What other advice do I have?

To use CCP you have to be familiar with Kubernetes and how it works. I've obviously learned a lot about how to use CCP, which I think will be very valuable in the future, but I haven't really learned anything directly about Kubernetes. I did learn the value of certain features that public providers have, like the autoscaling and preemptable VMs. I saw why those are so awesome. My advice would be to be familiar with what you want to do before you try to implement it. I would suggest utilizing CCP if you intend to deploy and manage a lot of clusters from different resource providers. I've never…
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