Cisco Acquires ContainerX for Container Management

Cisco jumping into container space by picking up startup that had been backed by the former CTO of VMware, Steve Herrod.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Aug 30, 2016
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Cisco today announced that it is acquiring container startup ContainerX. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed at this time.

I first met with Kiran Kamity, CEO of ContainerX at DockerCon EU, in 2015 a few short weeks after the company emerged from its stealth mode. Kamity explained to me at the time that his goal was to build the equivalent of VMware's vSphere for containers.

As it turns out, the VMware connection for ContainerX runs deep, with former VMware CTO and current General Catalyst managing director Steve Herrod leading a $2.7 million round of funding for the company.

I briefly met with ContainerX again in 2016 at the Dockercon 16 event, when the ContainerX platform became generally available. It now has a slick user interface enabling relatively easy container management.

The space for container management and orchestration is a hot one, but one that is also very competitive. Multiple options in the space already include Docker Data Center, Rancher, Mesosphere and multiple Kubernetes based distributions.

"Cisco is uniquely positioned to integrate the next generation data center with cloud-native and containerized environments that customers are demanding, all while still delivering advanced features such as security, analytics and management," Rob Salvagno, Head of Corporate Development and Cisco Investments, wrote in a blog post. "With ContainerX, Cisco is continuing to invest in innovative technology and talent to help our customers in their transition to cloud native architectures using containers. "

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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