TL;DR – Last Week’s Container News (11/10/17-11/17/17)

CNCF Unveils Certified Kubernetes Program

Last week, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) introduced the new Certified Kubernetes Program, helping to “ensure cloud providers and other services vendors remain compatible with one another as the popular container orchestration project takes hold of the industry,” according to The New Stack. The program extends to “over 20 implementations of the platform,” with companies like, “Docker, IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft, Oracle, and Huawei” signifying their support.

Docker EE Certified “Kubernetes Conformant”

On October 17, as part of DockerCon EU, Docker announced they’d be expanding their platform to embrace Kubernetes. This past week, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced that Docker EE passed the Certified Kubernetes conformance program. According to the linked Docker blog post, this certification “guarantees that all Kubernetes APIs function as specified to deliver a consistent and portable Kubernetes experience within Docker EE.”

Requirements for Kubernetes in Production

A recent The New Stack article discusses What Kubernetes Needs to Run in Production. The article highlights four key considerations:

  • High Availability and Resilience
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • Security

Which Kubernetes Distro is Right For You?

The New Stack has shared a handy guide to help you Find the Perfect Kubernetes Distribution. The guide compares benefits, DevOps tooling, usage maturity, and enterprise support — among other features — of various distros. This is a great article to review before deciding on a Kubernetes distro for your organization.

Spark-as-a-Service on Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is now providing “Spark-as-a-Service.” Built in conjunction with Databricks, this service will allow customers to self-serve the Apache Spark analytics platform. It will offer “one-click setup, streamlined workflow, an interactive workspace, and native integration with rich Azure services like Azure Cosmos DB.”

Docker EE Production Readiness Checklist

Docker’s Nikola Kabar has put together an “Enterprise IT Checklist for Docker Operations.” The list is meant to address “a pattern of common challenges when designing and deploying Docker in an enterprise environment.” Follow the link for a video of Kabar’s DockerCon EU 17 talk, which covers every item on the list in detail.

What the Cloud Wars Mean for You

A recent analysis by The New Stack examines commodity pricing in the cloud and the emergence of applications as a differentiator. According to the article, “as more cloud providers emerge and existing cloud providers build out additional capacity, there will be natural downward pressure on price.” This may lead to cloud providers partnering with application providers as a means of differentiating themselves (the article gives the recent Google / Salesforce partnership announcement as an example).

Case Study: Société Générale Using Docker EE

At last month’s DockerCon EU 17, Société Générale shared their story of integrating Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) into their IT systems. The 153-year old French multinational bank is in the midst of a project to get 80% of their applications running in the cloud by 2020. Docker recently shared the video from their DockerCon EU talk, along with a summarizing blog post. Check it out.

Microsoft Updates Dev Tools for Modern Applications

Last week, Microsoft announced three dev tool updates meant to “improve the workflows for people building modern applications,” according to VentureBeat. Here’s a quick summary of the three:

  • Visual Studio Live Share “will allow developers to collaborate on projects” by sharing code between team members.
  • Azure DevOps Projects will “help developers set up modern build and deployment pipelines using Microsoft’s cloud”
  • Visual Studio App Center, (previously called Visual Studio Mobile Center), is now generally available. It’s meant to “help users build better applications through remote testing,” among other services

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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