Did you know that, right now, more than two-thirds of all IT professionals have containerized applications in use? In a recent study, industry analyst ESG found that more than 67% of their survey respondents confirmed they were already in production with these environments, with the remaining respondents saying that they have plans to transition to containers within the next 12 months.1
Container usage has experienced rapid growth with no signs of slowing down. In 2019, experts at Red Hat Global predicted increases of 89% over the next two years. According to industry analyst group IDC, 90% of all applications will feature microservices architecture by 2022.2
The Container Advantage
The popularity of containers continues to increase due to their technical and organizational advantages of building containerized applications. With a lightweight and modular approach, containers provide developer agility, decoupling of layers, and cloud-native microservices. They include everything you need to run the code—and nothing that you don’t.
Within the next 24 months, IT will witness a changing of the guard. ESG calls it a “significant and fundamental shift that, in turn, points to a domino effect of changes across IT.”1 As the preferred choice, containers will claim position as the most widely used platform for production deployment, ahead of virtual machines. Kubernetes has taken its place at the helm, rising to the top as the de facto standard for management of containerized applications. In a recent report, 451 Research surveyed more than 200 enterprise decision makers and found that 71% choose Kubernetes to drive their container infrastructure.2
New Technology, New Solutions
Many IT professionals incorrectly assume that backup strategies for containerized applications are the same as traditional, server-based applications. And, according to ESG, most organizations still use their legacy backup vendors for container protection. Simply put, data protection must be specifically designed to protect persistent data for containerized applications.
Using its industry leading, always-on replication for backup, disaster recovery (DR), and mobility capabilities Zerto developed Zerto for Kubernetes (Z4K), a containerized data protection and recovery solution born to meet the emerging needs of next-generation, cloud-native applications. Zerto is the only vendor to provide disaster recovery, data protection, and mobility in a simple, scalable, and software-only platform for on-premises, cloud, and next-gen applications. Adapting our proven continuous data protection (CDP) and journaling technology to the needs of containers, Z4K enables your organization to easily move, protect, and recover any Kubernetes application.
Test Drive Z4K Before General Availability
Zerto is excited to deliver a first-hand, technical preview of Z4K so you can experience just how much Z4K can do for you and your data. If you are new to the world of containers, this is a great place jump right in! According to ESG, 52% of IT professionals plan to use container-specific backup technology soon.1 Don’t get left behind. Zerto’s Beta Program and Hands-On Lab offer two exciting ways you can try Zerto for Kubernetes before general availability next year.
Z4K Beta Program
Don’t miss your chance to be one of the first to try Zerto for Kubernetes (Z4K). Our exclusive Beta Program offering is open for applications now. Built for DevOps technical professionals, this technical preview allows you to experience Zerto’s industry-leading continuous data protection (CDP) and journaling technology as it applies to containerized applications. An extension of its Zerto platform, Z4K is ready to support next-generation, cloud native applications in the protection, recovery, and migration of any Kubernetes application and its persistent data.
Apply now to reserve your spot in this selective group. Participant numbers in the Beta Program will be limited, so don’t delay!
Z4K Hands-On Lab
Designed for organizations new to a containerized strategy, the on-demand Z4K lab provides access to complimentary, hands-on training on how to set up, configure, and manage a Z4K environment. See, first-hand, how Zerto works to provide continuous data protection (CDP) to next-generation, cloud native applications like yours. This hands-on lab showcases the beta version of Z4K—running on an AKS cluster—to highlight how Zerto delivers data protection as code to ensure enterprise resilience for containerized apps.
Zerto’s on-demand labs are known for their hands-on approach, allowing you to explore in a controlled environment with no additional setup or configuration required. This lab is no different. With space for everyone, the lab-based training offers an easy way to test drive the beta version of Z4K anytime, anywhere. Deploy and complete the Z4K Hands-On Lab today!
The Wait is Over
KubeCon Virtual is finally here! Make sure you stop by the Zerto booth to check out our latest and greatest offerings. Come to connect with our zExperts in the booth chat and stay to view all our invaluable information, like Zerto for Kubernetes videos, blogs, and Industry Analyst reports.
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