TL;DR – Recent Container News (3/10/17–3/31/17)

Ideas & Analysis: Joyent/Shippable Chat, Docker EE and CE, Alpine Linux, Cloud Storage Objects, Docker at 4

JOYENT SHIPPABLE FIRESIDE CHAT — A 3/15/17 “fireside chat” posted by Joyent features Bryan Cantrill (Joyent CTO) speaking with Avi Cavale (CEO of Shippable – a company that provides a platform to “remove the complexity and challenges around adopting DevOps,” according to their website The chat covers Joyent and Shippable’s current projects, as well as some discussion around the microservices ecosystem in general. Check out the video here: JOYENT SHIPPABLE CHAT

DOCKER EE AND CE — A recent analysis by InformationWeek compares capabilities of each of the Docker platform versions (Enterprise Edition – EE – and Community Edition – CE). According to the article, Docker CE “operates on desktop-oriented platforms such as Mac, Windows 10, Fedora, and Ubuntu,” while Docker EE, “runs on server-centric operating systems such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), Oracle Linux, and Windows Server 2016.” The article also covers the Docker Certification Program and the different versions available within EE and CE (EE is available in Basic, Standard, and Advanced tiers, while CE is available in “Stable” or “Edge” versions). Check out InformationWeek’s complete analysis here: DOCKER EE AND CE

ALPINE LINUX OVERVIEW — A new analysis by The New Stack covers the history and philosophy of Alpine Linux, Docker’s “distribution of choice for containers.” According to the article, Alpine’s small size means it’s “extremely secure and efficient,” and, “a match made in heaven” for the concept of containers. The article also dives into Alpine’s inner workings, and the distribution’s approach to security. Check out full coverage at the link: ALPINE LINUX DOCKER

CLOUD STORAGE OBJECTS — “Traditional approaches to enterprise-scale storage are falling short,” according to an article by The New Stack, with frustrations spanning from cost and performance to complexity and fragmentation. That’s why “a number of proponents are praising the virtues of object storage.” The article argues that “the future of scalable cloud storage will be objects,” but cautions that, “the move to object-based storage will come with challenges,” including the possibility that, “applications will have to access [their] objects through an API.” Follow the link for the complete analysis: OBJECT STORAGE

DOCKER AT 4 — For Docker’s fourth birthday, eWeek has shared a recap of Docker’s history. The article covers Docker Inc. partnerships, expansions and changes to the technology (including orchestration and Docker Swarm), the new Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), and “the continued move toward standardization” within the ecosystem. The article provides a high level overview of both Docker Inc. and the larger competitive landscape. Follow the link to read more: DOCKER AT 4

General Announcements: StackPointCloud Pricing Details, Cloud Native Computing Event Recap, CNCF Adopts containerd & rkt, Container Storage Interface, Cloud Foundry Certified Developer Program

STACKPOINTCLOUD PRICING — In a previous edition of TL;DR, we discussed StackPointCloud – a services provider trying to “[simplify] the process of deploying a Kubernetes cluster,” and, ““stitch together the Kubernetes ecosystem into the control plane so you can build out Kubernetes clusters on any cloud provider.” Now, the services provider has set pricing for their universal control plane. According to recent coverage by The New Stack, StackPointCloud’s service will be $49.95 a month for all features, “which covers usage for unlimited nodes.” Read more about the pricing model – and some of StackPointCloud’s other offerings – at the link: STACKPOINTCLOUD PRICING UCP

CLOUD NATIVE COMPUTING EVENT RECAP — eWeek recently shared a slideshow recapping highlights of the CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe 2017 event. Among them: the “formal approval of Docker’s containerd runtime and CoreOS’ rkt… container runtime as Cloud Native Computing Foundation projects,” the Kubernetes 1.6 debut, security discussions, and Kubernetes case studies (Salesforce, Philips), among others. Check out the full slideshow here: CLOUD NATIVE COMPUTING EVENT RECAP

CNCF ADOPTS CONTAINERD & RKT — The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has voted unanimously to adopt both Docker’s “containerd” and CoreOS’s “rkt” as incubation projects, according to a recent article by The New Stack. According to the article, containerd is Docker’s “current incarnation of its core container runtime,” while rkt is CoreOS’s “container runtime.” However, the two projects, “are actually not interchangeable… rkt is daemon-less… unlike Docker’s containerd.” Follow the link for The New Stack’s complete coverage: CNCF ADOPTS CONTAINERD, RKT

CONTAINER STORAGE INTERFACE — Containerization leaders are exploring “a common lexicon for container-based data storage,” according to a recent article by The New Stack. The so-called “Container Storage Interface initiative” is meant to provide “a single, cluster-level volumes plugin API that is shared by all orchestrators,” so, “any storage vendor or persistent storage container maker [can] construct a single plug-in that operates in an identical fashion with any orchestrator.” Contrast to the current situation, where storage vendors are often forced to choose which implementation they’ll support (Kubernetes, Swarm, DC/OS, Diego). Follow the link for The New Stack’s complete coverage: CONTAINER STORAGE INTERFACE

CLOUD FOUNDRY CERTIFIED DEVELOPER – The Cloud Foundry Foundation recently announced a Cloud Foundry Certified Developer program, according to The New Stack. The program will start with a free introductory course, “followed by a self-paced ‘Cloud Foundry for Developers’ course, which will cover the cert test specifics and cost $500.” The certification exam itself can be taken online for $300. Among the topics covered:

  • Cloud Foundry basics
  • Cloud-native architecture and application security
  • Troubleshooting applications and working with services in Cloud Foundry
  • Application management and container management in Cloud Foundry
  • Modifying simple Java, Node.js and Ruby

Follow the link for more information from The New Stack: CLOUD FOUNDRY CERTIFIED DEVELOPER

Tutorials & How-Tos: IncludeOS, Running 1000 Containers in Swarm

INCLUDEOS IMAGES — includeOS, a “minimal, service oriented, includable library operating system for cloud services,” recently uploaded Docker images to github, “for anyone who wants to try out building IncludeOS unikernels without having to install the development environment locally on their machines.” A link to the images, plus step by step instructions for building the images, using the Docker image, running a sanity test, and adding a GRUB bootloader available here: INCLUDEOS DOCKER IMAGES

RUNNING 1000 CONTAINERS — Tit Petric just shared a walkthrough on “Running 1000 Containers in Docker Swarm.” The article, posted on Codeship, features a step by step tutorial for running a service on Docker Swarm as well as scaling to 1,000 containers. It gives insight into preparing the network, preparing the host, checking resource usage. Petric writes: “Running a service in Docker Swarm feels very natural and simple. Scaling to 1,000 containers was a fun challenge, with honestly not very many obstacles.” Check out his complete walkthrough by following the link: 1000 CONTAINERS DOCKER SWARM

New Releases, New Features, Product Updates: Kubernetes 1.6, Hydrograph, EnginFrame 2017, FaaS Docker Swarm, Mesosphere Pods & Apps Store, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

KUBERNETES 1.6 RELEASED — Kubernetes just announced the release of Kubernetes 1.6. The new release focuses on “scale and automation.” The new release also features security benefits, advanced scheduling, dynamic storage provisioning, and some new alpha features, among others. Check out Kubernetes’ complete release write-up here: KUBERNETES 1.6

HYDROGRAPH — A 3/24/17 podcast by The New Stack covers Capital One’s “Hydrograph” – an open source ETL tool for develops. The podcast discusses Hydrograph’s purpose, capabilities, architecture, and use cases. Check out the complete podcast by following the link: HYDROGRAPH PODCAST

ENGINFRAME 2017 — Nice Software – a company recently acquired by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – recently announced the launch of NICE EnginFrame 2017, a product meant to provide user friendly high-performance computing (HPC) on AWS by “simplifying deployments on AWS infrastructure.” According to a blog post by AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr, users can now “set up a fully functional HPC cluster in less than an hour and then access it through a simple web-based user interface.” Check out Barr’s blog post here and VentureBeat’s coverage of the announcement here.

FAAS DOCKER SWARM — Alex Ellis recently shared Functions as a Service (on Docker Swarm) via Hacker News. According to the read me, the project is, “a framework for building serverless functions on Docker Swarm with first class support for metrics. Any UNIX process can be packaged as a function enabling you to consume a range of web events without repetitive boiler-plate coding.” The repository, along with the complete read me, is available via GitHub. Follow the link for more information: FAAS DOCKER SWARM

MESOSPHERE PODS, APPS STORE – Mesosphere has added an apps store and service “pods” according to a recent article by The New Stack. The apps store is an “open source services market, available from a console directly inside DC/OS, called the Universe Service Catalog,” according to The New Stack. Meanwhile, the service pods, are “groupings of related containers that share resources.” The New Stack calls both features, “a clear move for the very center of the container/workload orchestration market.” Check out The New Stack’s complete coverage here: MESOSPHERE PODS, APPS STORE

WSL — The latest Windows 10 update will contain Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), a Linux-compatible environment that functions like Linux. According to The New Stack, “Microsoft placed WSL in Windows largely for developers, because of the way so many open source tools and languages and libraries assume developers are using Linux.” The idea is to “put the Linux tools that developers depend on alongside Windows tools like Visual Studio,” according to The New Stack. Check out the complete article here: WINDOWS WSL

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


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