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Docker and HPE have an opinion on public cloud hosting

Mike Brito, sales engineering manager at HPE, explains to attendees of the Docker MTA Roadshow the basics of their MTA program.

Docker and Hewett Packer Enterprise (HPE) hit the road this month to demonstrate their recently launched Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program, designed to help enterprises update their existing legacy apps and move forward with their plans for digital transformation. The presentation was focused on their new program, but Docker’s MTA Roadshow also revealed some common misconceptions C-level execs have when it comes to public cloud hosting for workloads.

One misconception, explained John Orton, workloads in order to determine where they are best suited to live and will perform their functions most efficiently. While some have been in a rush to migrate almost all of their workloads to public clouds, Orton pointed out that many organizations should not forget that there are a large number of applications that may work at least equally well, if not better, on a private cloud or even bare-metal infrastructure.

“I think there’s a lot of confusion in the market about workloads and where they should live,” Orton said, adding that too many companies who have migrated workloads to the public cloud did so without an “exit strategy” that allows them to easily move those workloads back to a private cloud or bare-metal infrastructure.

“Before we decide where these workloads live, let’s take a look at what existing value there is in our infrastructure,” Orton said.

Ken Lavoie, solution engineer at Docker, went so far as to liken C-level executives still pushing initiatives to pursue public cloud hosting to modern day “Don Quixotes,” chasing after a technology that he said has gone past its prime. By leveraging the power of container technology, he said, these enterprises can make use of private clouds or bare-metal infrastructure in a way that surpasses performance in the public cloud.

There’s certainly no reason to say that the days of the public cloud hosting are over, but when a vendor like Docker who basically “covers the bases” when it comes to deploying on the public vs. private cloud, it makes you think that maybe they’re onto something. That certainly does not bode well for those still deploying in the public cloud, or the vendors invested in it.