TL;DR – Last Week’s Container News (11/4/16–11/11/16)

Last week’s container news featured several stories on Kubernetes.

It’s clear the orchestration platform (based on Google’s experience running containers), is gaining momentum, with new support from Microsoft, an expanding CNCF (the driving force behind Kubernetes), and new software from StackPointCloud, meant to simplify Kubernetes deployment.

Perhaps in response to Kubernetes’ expanding influence, The New Stack recently shared a “Kubernetes overview.” More on that below.

Apart from Kubernetes news, last week saw the introduction of a new Azure Container Registry (from Microsoft), the opening of FlockerHub (a repository for data volumes), the addition of new features to New Relic’s monitoring service, a tutorial for running WordPress on AutoPilot, plus an editorial on “The Business Case for Running a Container-based Infrastructure,” and an announcement of the 2016 Node.js and Docker Innovator Program finalists.

See below for our summaries of last week’s container news.

Kubernetes Builds Momentum

Microsoft Azure Adds Kubernetes

According to an 11/8 eWeek article, Microsoft recently added support for Kubernetes to it’s Azure Container Service (ACS). This is in addition to ACS’s existing support for DC/OS and Docker Swarm. According to an 11/8 article by The New Stack, this announcement means Azure is “the first cloud service provider to the three most popular orchestration engines.”

CNCF Expansion

According to an 11/8 eWeek article, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) recently added a new project, along with new members, certification, and training. The CNCF is the “vendor-neutral home for the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration platform.” Their new project is “the open-source Fluentd data collector,” which, “allows for the implementation of a unified logging layer… [with] more than 600 plug-ins [to] connect it to many data sources and data outputs.”

StackPointCloud Simplifies Kubernetes

According to an 11/8 The New Stack article, StackPointCloud recently launched software that may, “simplify the aggregation of multiple Kubernetes deployments across different cloud providers.” The software is meant to, “stitch together the Kubernetes ecosystem into the control plane so you can build out Kubernetes clusters on any cloud provider.” It should also “[simplify] the process of deploying a Kubernetes cluster, streamlining the process down to three steps.”

Kubernetes Overview

With Kubernetes dominating recent container news, it’s only natural that we should see more overviews and tutorials on the platform. If you want to learn more about Kubernetes, The New Stack’s 11/7 Kubernetes overview is a good place to start. It covers Kubernetes’ history, architecture, and design principles.

New Tools & How Tos: Azure Container Registry, FlockerHub, New Relic Monitoring Service, WordPress on AutoPilot

Microsoft Launches Azure Container Registry

According to an 11/7 VentureBeat article, Microsoft recently introduced Azure Container Registry, a service that will allow developers to “host container images for applications they want to run on the Azure infrastructure.” With this announcement, the Azure Container Service joins Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and IBM SoftLayer as a container management service that also offers a container registry.

ClusterHQ Opens FlockerHub

According to an 11/4 The New Stack article, ClusterHQ recently opened FlockerHub, “a service for deploying and exchanging data volumes,” which may “store, share and organize your Docker data volumes.”

New Relic Monitoring Service Improvements

According to an 11/8 The New Stack article, New Relic recently added “Infrastructure, Unified Dashboards, and Mobile Crash Analysis services, … [to] its Digital Intelligence Platform,” a platform which, “deploys agents into operating systems that look at how resources are being used across apps… [and] the infrastructure upon which the app is running.” The improvements will be available starting 11/16.

WordPress on AutoPilot

Finally, on 11/11, Joyent shared a great tutorial covering “WordPress on AutoPilot.” This tutorial will show you how to “deploy a WordPress website and scale it to meet any amount of traffic with a single command.”

Announcements & Analysis: Why Containers?, 2016 Node.js & Docker Innovator Program Finalists

Business Case for Containers

On 11/7, The New Stack shared an editorial on “The Business Case for Running a Container-based Infrastructure.” The editorial shows business leaders how they can “do more with less,” using containers to optimize their capital budget, human capital, and change budget.

Node.js & Docker Innovator Program Finalists

Finally, last week Joyent announced the 2nd annual Node.js and Docker Innovator Program finalists, selected from hundreds of applications.

According to Joyent, “there is a natural affinity between microservices architectures, Node.js and containers,” and the Node.js and Docker Innovator Program is part of how they “nurture and encourage” innovation in that community. Their blog post invites readers to “follow along during coming year as we highlight these tech innovators, learn why they selected Node.js and Docker, and share their production best practices and user stories.”

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


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