Container Networking Challenges the Focus of Tigera Calico Update

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Container Networking Challenges the Focus of Tigera Calico Update

Tigera is adding new features to its Calico container networking product in an attempt to ease Kubernetes-based management and hit enterprise-grade needs.

The boldly named Essentials for Kubernetes product is the firm’s first commercial packaged platform. The product is specifically targeted at management of the container networking space, which includes a set of interfaces for adding and removing containers from a network.

Tigera CEO Ratan Tipirneni explained that enterprises looking to deploy containers are struggling with connectivity challenges. These prevent them from being able to scale their container deployments into carrier-grade production environments.

“There are tons of problems around connectivity issues for cloud,” Tipirneni said. “It’s like a water balloon where one problem is fixed and then other problems are coming up in other parts. Application developers have to deal with these issues, and that’s what we are looking to solve.”

Specifically, the challenge is with microservices that are talking to each other in real time over application programming interfaces (APIs) that can be anywhere thanks to virtualization.

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