Container technology has clear benefits for delivering applications, but learning how to use containers and deploying and managing a modern container runtime like Kubernetes has a steep learning curve. Developers, DevOps and IT Operations teams are busy enough with existing applications in ongoing development. They don't have the time to take on new technologies for these applications. The appLariat Delivery-as-a-Service Platform eliminates the learning curve by making the complexities of container technology and modern container runtimes invisible. Software Architects can automate creation of a containerized version of an application by describing it in familiar terms. Deploying and configuring a container runtime for your applications is as simple as selecting a cloud environment, providing credentials, giving some cluster sizing information and clicking "Create". If you want to get started with containers but are hesitant because of the steep learning curve and binding technology decisions, appLariat is the container automation platform for you.
With appLariat you can start and stop application deployments and scale your container runtime clusters up and down through policy so that you don't pay for infrastructure when it isn't being used. You can also scale up and down staging and production instances of your applications based on load so you can avoid paying for a peak load deployment at all times. Our customers reduce their cloud infrastructure costs by 30-50% through policy-controlled application deployment and cluster management. While there is so much more that you get with appLariat, the cloud infrastructure cost savings you'll realize means that the solution pays for itself in 3-5 months.
One of the biggest issues slowing new applications and services to market is failure in the production environment when applications are first deployed there. One leading analyst has said that when new applications are finally deployed to production, they fail, requiring serious rework, 86% of the time because they have never been tested against the production Standard Operating Environment (SOE). The SOE includes the specific production versions of middleware, intrusion detection and monitoring agents and more. It's not uncommon to see different versions of say, SQL Server, being used by some developers and non-production versions in QA and other test environments. With appLariat, the IT Operations team can define the production SOE for an application and have it enforced, as appropriate, throughout the development lifecycle, ensuring that issues will be found earlier when it is faster and cheaper to fix them.
appLariat is built on a comprehensive API to easily integrate with your existing tools and processes. While the solution provides an intuitive GUI, many team members will use appLariat capability to deploy and manage applications without ever logging in. Whether deploying directly from a developer's IDE or any CI tool, appLariat will fit into your current development and release processes. We focused on making containers easy to implement for your existing applications and left things like your CI tools and processes to your current best practices.
With a common way to deploy and manage applications from Development through to Production, IT Operations doesn't have to worry about re-writing brittle deployment scripts used during development for the production environment. You also won't need an army of "DevOps" engineers writing and editing Puppet, Chef or Ansible scripts to deploy applications for functional testing or component upgrades. With appLariat you can quickly update code, config or data artifacts, as well as change component versions and configurations, then deploy with a single click to any of your cloud environments, throughout your development lifecycle. You'll speed time to market for new functionality and fixes to your applications by streamlining your release cycles.
With appLariat's policy engine, you not only can control your Kubernetes runtime environment and application deployment scaling, you can also enforce IT compliance policies. You can enforce what types of workloads (e.g., Development, QA, Production Platinum, etc.) can be deployed in which environments, what type of workloads users are allowed to deploy (by role) and when different workload types expire. You can even enforce complex policies like PCI Compliance with appLariat.