TL;DR – Last Week’s Container News (10/10/16–10/16/16)

Last week saw the announcement of DockerCon US 2017, already the sixth DockerCon since Docker began popularizing containers in 2013.

It’s clear containers have come along way. Apart from the DockerCon announcement, this past week’s container news included new products, developing concepts, matured features/functionality, and the widespread adoption that characterizes tech that’s no longer “bleeding edge,” but an established part of the way we work.

Here is a summary of the top container news from 10/10 – 10/16:

New Products

ResinOS – an open source project by, designed to “run Docker containers on embedded devices.” The 2.0 release was announced via blog post on 10/11.

Instana – microservice monitoring for the service level. Instana goes beyond “filling a huge screen with a bunch of time charts,” with machine learning and AI that may “discern the meaning of the data.” This tool combines server-, application-, and network-level views. See The New Stack Instana article (10/11).

KCluster – hosted Kubernetes clusters on AWS. This was the top link of the week on /r/Docker. Check out the /r/Docker discussion here: KCluster Reddit

Developing Concepts

Serverless – the meaning of this is still a subject of debate, but a 10/11 article by The New Stack offers one definition:

“the point of ‘serverless’ is not that servers aren’t used; it’s just that developers and administrators do not have to think about them. Serverless architectures refer to applications that significantly depend on third-party services.”

The New Stack serverless article – part one of a two part series – also discusses, “the technologies and services in the emerging serverless ecosystem,” including Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) and Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS).

Matured Features/Functionality

Docker Security – On 10/13, The New Stack shared an interview with Docker’s Security Director. The interview covers Docker’s stronger, more mature security posture, including Docker 1.12’s use of transport layer security (TLS) “to encrypt every node on the network,” and a public key infrastructure (PKI).

Scheduling / Orchestration in Mesosphere’s Data Center Operating Systems – like Docker Inc. – who recently chose to push Swarm container orchestration into the core Docker project – Mesosphere has chosen to “graft its Marathon orchestrator directly onto” version 1.8 of the data Center Operating System (DC/OS). This means “users can access service management and container orchestration (powered by Marathon at the backend) directly from the main DC/OS dashboard — via the same DC/OS UI they know and love,” according to Mesosphere’s Derrick Harris. Check out The New Stack’s 10/13 coverage here.

Widespread Adoption

Containers in the Oracle Cloud – Far past Larry Ellison’s dismissal of the cloud as “the dumbest idea of 2013,” Oracle is now positioning themselves to possibly “give AWS a run for their money,” according to a 10/10 analysis by The New Stack. The analysis discusses “Where Containers Fit into the Oracle Cloud,” and mentions that, “the Oracle Cloud is designed to work seamlessly with Docker containers, although Oracle Cloud has its internal orchestration for customers.”

Any major container news we missed? Please feel free to drop us a line. This weekly summary will be an ongoing series from InfoSiftr, and we want to make sure all top container stories are covered.


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