TL;DR – Recent Container News (4/28/17–5/12/17)

General News & Announcements

NEW DOCKER CEO INTERVIEWED – On 5/2, The New Stack shared an interview with new Docker CEO, Steve Singh. Singh is the co-founder and former CEO of Concur, a company that sold to SAP in 2014 for $8.3 billion. He’s taken over at Docker to “drive the next stage of growth.” The New Stack’s interview covers Singh’s history, his plans for Docker, and questions around the transition from Golub (former Docker CEO) to Singh, among other topics.

VERIZON SELLS CLOUD SERVICES TO IBM – According to a 5/2 article by FierceTelecom, Verizon is selling its cloud and managed services assets to IBM. The move means IBM “could now extend a wider array of cloud services to its global network of 55 cloud data centers.” And while “AWS, Microsoft and Google are the lead providers in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)/Platform as a Service (PaaS),” IBM currently leads the market for hosted private cloud, according to the article.

OPENSTACK DEMOS CROSS-CLOUD CONVERGENCE – At the recent OpenStack Summit 2017, representatives from 15 cloud service providers used an OpenStack portal “to enable clusters in their own clouds join, near-simultaneously, an established, running database cluster,” according to an article by The New Stack. According to the article, “there has probably been no greater… demonstration of the modern OpenStack’s capability to make multiple resources homogeneous.” The demo leveraged Cockroach DB, a cloud native SQL database meant “for building global, scalable cloud services that survive disasters” (according to the Cockroach Labs website), along with CoreOS’s rkt, Kubernetes, and OpenStack.

Case Studies

TRAXXS ON DOCKER & TRITON – Luc Juggery, Co-Founder of TRAXxs (fabless company that develops wearable tech for shoes), recently shared a case study via Joyent’s blog. The case study examines how TRAXxs uses Node.js and containers deployed on Joyent’s Triton cloud. It discusses the application backend (“composed of several micro-services”), data transfer, deployment on Triton, and running the application with the Autopilot Pattern, among other topics. The result is “an application that can orchestrate itself and that is easier to operate.”


DOCKER COMPOSE ON TRITON – Joyent recently shared a video on “using Docker Compose with Triton.” According to Joyent, “Docker Compose is the easiest way to get started with dockerized, multi-container applications on Triton’s Elastic Docker Host.” The video walks viewers through trying this with a dockerized web application.

DOCKER CLI ON TRITON – A 5/2 walkthrough by Joyent describes how to manage Docker containers using Docker CLI on Triton. The walkthrough covers starting and managing multiple containers with Docker Compose, learning about containers with “docker inspect,” running commands, stopping containers, and pulling new images, among other topics.

KUBERNETES CLUSTERS – GitHub-hosted guide “Kubernetes clusters for the hobbyist,” explains how to “setup and operate a fully functional, secure Kubernetes cluster on a cloud provider such as DigitalOcean or Scaleway.” The guide covers cloud provders, choosing an OS, security, as well as setting up Kubernetes, Docker, and Etcd. The guide helps readers overcome obstacles like the “lack of external ingress controllers, fully isolated secure private networking and persistent distributed block storage.”

SIMPLIFY CONTAINER ORCHESTRATION – During DockerCon 17, Joyent’s Casey Bisson showed attendees how to reduce the complexity of orchestration / scheduling systems and “even eliminate cluster management,” using Docker Compose and the Autopilot Pattern. Lucky for us, Joyent has shared a recording of Bisson’s DockerCon talk, “Simplify Container Orchestration and Turbocharge Docker Compose.”

New Products, New Releases, New Functionality

COSMOS DB – Microsoft recently introduced Cosmos DB, a “world spanning database” that “can be spread across nine data center regions,” with users able to, “target reads and writes each to individual regions,” according to The New Stack. Cosmos DB also offers consistency guarantees with unique SLAs covering latency, throughput, consistency, and availability. The database offers five consistency choices, including Strong, Bounded Staleness, Session, Consistent Prefix, and Eventual. Check out complete coverage by The New Stack and VentureBeat.

LUMOGON – Puppet recently released Lumogon, a tool that “scans and reports on what’s in your containers,” according to the Lumogon website. The New Stack calls Lumogon, “a container management tool for someone… who does have operational authority, but who is not a developer.” It may be necessary because, “the processes of building container images for production become disconnected from the original, transparent processes used to build them for testing.” Check out The New Stack’s complete coverage.

KUBE-APPLIER – Box has release kube-applier, a microservice that, “enables automated deployment and declarative configuration for your Kubernetes cluster,” according to the kube-applier GitHub page. Previously, declarative configurations “had been missing from the Kubernetes container orchestration engine,” according to The New Stack.

DISTELLI KUBERNETES DASHBOARD – Container Automation company Distelli believes “Kubernetes has won the orchestration market.” As a result, Destelli is focusing on, “making it easier to manage Kubernetes clusters across multiple stacks.” Their “Kubernetes Dashboard” lets users “visualize and manage… Kubernetes clusters regardless of which cloud the cluster is running on.” For more information about the Distelli’s Kubernetes Dashboard, check out the complete article by The New Stack.

TIDB – China-based PingCap has released an open source project, TiDB, to solve “the problem of scale that plagues standard SQL,” according to The New Stack. The database is intended to make SQL “as scalable as NoSQL systems while maintaining ACID transactions.” Users can “replace MySQL for applications without changing any code in most cases.”

OPENSHIFT.IO – Red Hat recently debuted, an “online development environment for planning, creating and deploying hybrid cloud services,” according to the website. The product was demonstrated at Red Hat Summit as “a Web-based console from which the entire lifecycle of an application could be managed,” according to The New Stack. It’s an all-SaaS solution meant to get developers working immediately, without having to worry about infrastructure. The product is also supposed to encourage collaboration and team management.

OPENSHIFT INTEGRATES AWSAccording to The New Stack, Red Hat recently revealed that OpenShift — Red Hat’s container-based deployment and management product — will now feature some on-prem AWS capabilities. This may make it “a competitive alternative to Microsoft’s Azure Stack, which effectively replicates Microsoft’s cloud services for on-premises installation.” However, The New Stack cautions, OpenShift does require connectivity to “see” AWS in order to use AWS with OpenShift. This could raise concerns for architects who need to account for “the potential for latencies,” especially because it isn’t clear yet what Red Hat and AWS mean by “see” in this context.

Analysis & Opinion

PRIVATE CLOUD ADOPTION ON THE RISE – An analysis by The New Stack indicates rising private cloud adoption, with an increase from 61% in 2016 to 64% in 2017, based on reports from 451 Research and Microsoft. The New Stack’s analysis also re-interprets an InteropITX finding that, “private cloud adoption declined from 2014 to 2016.” According to The New Stack, that finding is “based on a question that conflated virtualization with private cloud.” Instead, The New Stack argues, “we have seen a trend where on-premises data centers are described as the private component of hybrid clouds.”

CERN DRIVING INNOVATION – CERN, the group responsible for confirming the existence of the Higgs Boson particle, is also driving innovation in computing, according to an article in The New Stack. The group has “provided a testbed for OpenStack to integrate with the Kubernetes open source container orchestration software, by way of the former platform’s native Magnum component.” In conjunction with Rackspace, the group is “contributing upstream to the Magnum project,” contributing to libstorage (the library Swarm uses to provide Cinder support), and providing some patches for the OpenStack driver for Kubernetes. The New Stack author Scott M. Fulton III calls this “a firm, solid, and evidently working example of an organization dedicated not just to the public interest but the betterment of humanity.”

INTERSECTION OF VIRTUALIZATION & CONTAINERS – In a recent podcast by The New Stack, VMWare’s Paul Fazzone discussed how VMWare technology can sit between “cloud frameworks and the infrastructure itself.” The podcast covers “the intersection of virtualization and container technology,” VMWare’s plans for open source adoption, Photon OS (VMWare’s Linux container host), and the “spectrum of users VMWare is trying to reach,” among other topics.

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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