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Best Container Networking Software

Container networking software creates a virtualized, defined network to facilitate container-to-container connectivity. These internally virtualized networks allow communication and integration between containers or applications powered by container sets. The networks create isolated regions to allow multiple containers to communicate with the same network independently. Companies utilize these solutions for increased scalability and data accessibility of applications. They provide a higher level of security and increased capability for service discovery, essentially powering the microservices industry through linked container applications. Container networking software can increase the functionality of container management software and container orchestration software solutions by connecting designated applications.

To qualify for inclusion in the Container Networking category, a product must:

  • Create isolated networks for container instances
  • Connect containers through designated networks
  • Provide security layers for application networks
  • Allow privileged external connectivity
  • Allow for IP address management
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    The NGINX Application Platform is a suite of products that together form the core of what organizations need to create applications with performance, reliability, security, and scale. The NGINX Application Platform includes NGINX Plus for load balancing and application delivery, the NGINX WAF for security, and NGINX Unit to run the application code, all monitored and managed by the NGINX Controller. NGINX is the heart of the modern web — helping the world’s most innovative companies deliver their sites and applications with performance, reliability, security, and scale. The company offers an award-winning, comprehensive application delivery platform in use on more than 300 million sites worldwide. Companies around the world rely on NGINX to ensure flawless digital experiences through features such as advanced load balancing, web and mobile acceleration, security controls, application monitoring, and management. More than half of the Internet’s busiest websites rely on NGINX, including Airbnb, Box, Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest, SoundCloud, and Zappos. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with its EMEA headquarters in Cork, Ireland and APAC headquarters in Singapore. Learn more at https://www.nginx.com/

    Cilium is solving HTTP Aware Network Security and Networking for Containers with BPF and XDP .

    Project Calico's mission is to provide an open pure L3 approach to virtual networking for highly scalable data centers that integrates seamlessly with could orchestration systems (such as OpenStack) to enable secure IP communication between virtual machines, containers, or bare metal workloads.

    NSX enables the creation of entire networks in software and embeds them in the hypervisor layer, abstracted from the underlying physical hardware.

    Big Cloud Fabric solution enables rapid innovation, ease of provisioning and management, while reducing overall costs.

    Canal is a community-driven initiative that aims to allow users to easily deploy Calico and flannel networking together as a unified networking solution - combining Calico’s industry-leading network policy enforcement with the rich superset of Calico and flannel overlay and non-overlay network connectivity options. Canal represents the best-of-breed policy-based networking solution for cloud native applications, supporting any orchestrator that support the CNI network plugin API (including Kubernetes, Mesos, and others).

    Cumulus Networks unlocks the network stack so you do not have to rely on proprietary vendors. Build a network based on your needs and your budget, and scale with ease using a web-scale architecture. Cumulus Linux is a powerful open network operating system that allows you to automate, customize and scale using web-scale principles like the world's largest data centers. It accelerates networking functions on over 50 switch models (1G, 10G, 25G, 40G and 100G) from 9 different OEMs with your choice of optics and two silicons. Cumulus Linux was built for automation, scalability and flexibility, allowing you to build a data center network that ideally suits your business needs.

    Open vSwitch is a production quality, multilayer virtual switch licensed under the open source Apache 2.0 license. It is designed to enable massive network automation through programmatic extension, while still supporting standard management interfaces and protocols (e.g. NetFlow, sFlow, IPFIX, RSPAN, CLI, LACP, 802.1ag).

    Warden manages isolated, ephemeral, and resource-controlled environments. The primary goal of Warden is to provide a simple API for managing isolated environments. These isolated environments, or containers, can be limited in terms of CPU usage, memory usage, disk usage, and network access. The only currently supported OS is Linux.

    Aporeto is a cloud-native security startup that offers comprehensive security solutions for applications, containers, and microservices.

    Contiv unifies containers, VMs, and bare metal with a single networking fabric, allowing container networks to be addressable from VM and bare-metal networks.

    flannel is a virtual network that gives a subnet to each host for use with container runtimes.

    Midokura's vision is to provide a more flexible, customizable and adaptable network infrastructure for companies worldwide through network virtualization.

    NuageNetworks SDN solutions help you realize the full potential of the cloud.

    OpenContrail, a Cloud Automation and Security Platform, is an Apache 2.0-licensed project that is built using standards-based protocols and provides all the necessary components for network virtualization–SDN controller, virtual router, analytics engine, and published northbound APIs. It has an extensive REST API to configure and gather operational and analytics data from the system. Built for scale, OpenContrail can act as a fundamental network platform for cloud infrastructure.

    Romana is a network and security automation solution for cloud native applications. Romana automates the creation of isolated cloud native networks, secures applications using microsegmentation and enforces access control policies on all endpoints, wherever they run.

    SnapRoute has taken an open approach to networking and built FlexSwitch from the ground up - allowing every component of the network stack to be fully visible to the operator, fully accessible for APIs, and completely modular so that operators can continuously install or update only what is necessary for the infrastructure to run without impact or risk to the business.

    TIBCO Flogo Enterprise the commercial, fully supported version of open source Project Flogo enables developers to build microservices or functions with a browser based flow designer. The flows can then be deployed to any infrastructure: on-premises, at the edge in devices, and in web-scale serverless environments. With Flogo Enterprise, data can be collected or analyzed locally on the smallest of IoT devices, so decisions and actions can be made in real time.

    Tigera delivers solutions for secure application connectivity for the cloud native world. We help organizations adopt cloud native architectures for application development and deployment by addressing the connectivity and security challenges that arise in at-scale production. Our flagship secure application connectivity software, CNX, meets enterprise needs for zero trust security, multi-cloud and legacy environment support, organizational control and compliance, and operational simplicity. CNX builds on leading open source projects: Kubernetes, Calico, and Istio, which Tigera engineers maintain and contribute to as active members of the cloud native community.

    Trireme is an open Source Production Scale Application Segmentation for Kubernetes and Docker by Aporeto

    Weave Net is a powerful cloud native networking toolkit. It creates a virtual network that connects Docker containers across multiple hosts and enables their automatic discovery.

    Weaveworks provides a simple and resilient network for application that is portable across data centers and public clouds, see and interact with application in real time, no configuration, no code and fewer moving parts.