Why containers and Kubernetes?

Enterprises are adopting containers to improve developer productivity, efficiency in DevOps, and application portability.  For those new to containers, they can be simply described as a lightweight package that includes all the software and its dependencies required to run. This makes ‘installation’ unnecessary – they can be rapidly started and are portable across environments, public or private.

Running a container is straightforward for simple software, but generally not well-suited to deploying enterprise-grade applications.  Kubernetes addresses the need for managing, automating and deploying containerized applications and is the most widely adopted open source solution today.

Why enterprises need more:

Beyond containers and Kubernetes, enterprises need to orchestrate their production topology, and to provide management, security and governance of their applications.

We're meeting that need with IBM Cloud Paks: enterprise-grade container software -- built for Kubernetes -- on the IBM Cloud.  They're built with open standards and extended with integrations that can accelerate time to production. Together with IBM Cloud Private, IBM Cloud Paks provide a secure and integrated solution for enterprise-grade container software.

Containers overview summary

Key capabilities


Comes enterprise-ready with built-in security and governance


Pre-packaged with integrations for management and lifecycle operations

Simple to deploy

Deploy production grade topology in less time than containers alone

IBM Cloud Paks in action

Graduate from production-possible to production-ready: WebSphere Liberty + IBM Cloud Paks