TL;DR – Last Week’s Container News (9/1/17-9/8/17)

Try Docker EE

Docker has shared a hosted trial environment that provides access to a full Docker EE Advanced environment – this without the need to install anything. Check it out at:

Docker Hacking Challenge

A security company has shared a Docker hacking challenge: a vulnerable Docker VM that’s built as a kind of “capture the flag” game. The game has an easy mode (requires knowledge of Docker) and a hard mode (requires knowledge of Docker and pentesting skill). Follow the link for coverage from The New Stack.

Everything you need to know about Linux LTS Releases

A recent analysis by The New Stack delineates the differences between regular releases (typically every 6-18 months), “rolling” releases (each package is updated as soon as it’s ready), and Long Term Support (LTS) releases (typically supported for 2-5 years). The article also delves into the pros and cons of embracing LTS. Follow the link to learn “All the Facts about Linux Long-Term Support Releases.”

Vegas News: Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend Las Vegas is happening again, November 10-12 at Rob Roy’s Innevation Center. This is an opportunity to build out an idea with a team of talented folks and present in front of investors. Follow the link for complete details.

Joyent / Discuss a Disposable, Software-Defined Jenkins

Using Docker and Joyent’s ContainerPilot, recently created a “software-defined Jenkins” that makes the Jenkins environment totally disposable (if the Jenkins server goes down, it’s no big deal). Joyent’s Casey Bisson discusses with’s Mandy Hubbard in a recent fireside chat: “Indispensable, Disposable Jenkins.”

Microsoft’s Matt Butcher On Emerging Container Trends, ContainerCon

A recent interview with Microsoft principal engineer Matt Butcher covers emerging trends shaping the container landscape – along with highlights from this year’s ContainerCon. Butcher is the project lead for Kubernetes Helm at Microsoft, and says that “this year feels like the year containers came of age.” Check out The New Stack’s complete coverage: “ContainerCon 2017 to Show Deepening Impact of Containers on Production Systems.”

Avoid AWS EBS for Stateful Container Operations, Says Portworx CTO

Portworx CTO Gou Rao recently shared “4 Reasons Not to Use AWS Elastic Block Storage for Stateful Container Operations.” Among them:

  • Slow Mount Times and Stuck Volumes = Slow Deployments
  • Slow Failover Means No High Availability
  • Poor I/O, Unless You Want to Spend a Lot
  • Volume Orchestration via a Storage Connector is Fragile

Mesosphere Now Supports Kubernetes

Mesosphere has added beta support for Kubernetes to their DC/OS platform, according to a recent article by VentureBeat. Previously, DC/OS had relied on Marathon for application orchestration. Going forward, operations engineers will be able to choose Kubernetes, Marathon, or both. Follow the link for complete coverage from VentureBeat.

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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