TL;DR – Last Week’s Container News (11/17/17-11/24/17)

VMware on Microsoft Azure

Microsoft has announced a beta service that runs VMware on Microsoft’s bare metal servers, according to an article in VentureBeat. The VMware tech will be co-located with other Azure services, so customers can still take advantage of the power of Azure services while running VMware. This announcement is in addition to “Azure Migrate,” a service that makes it easier to bring VMware workloads to the cloud.

Docker’s Multi-Arch Journey

A recently-posted DockerCon EU video discusses Docker’s journey to multi-architecture (that is, being able to run on more than just x86_64 CPU with Linux). The video touches on three major components to the multi-arch effort:

  • Porting Docker to CPU architectures beyond x86_64 and to non-Linux OS’s
  • “Formulating a container image type that can represent multiple platform-specific images referenced by a single name, and implementing this support in container image registries”
  • Having common images available for broadly supported set of architectures and helping image packagers understand the benefits of packaging for multiple platforms

Kube-node for Node Auto-Management

A recent article in The New Stack discusses how to “let your Kubernetes cluster auto-manage its nodes” with kube-node. Kube-node is an open project meant to develop a native node integration for Kubernetes.

Running Containers as Functions

A recent article in The New Stack explores ways to merge containers with serverless and leverage both technologies’ advantages – namely, by running containers as functions, a practice the article is calling “funtainers.”
The article also discusses the “barriers to getting started with serverless” and covers how Serverless computing works.

Guide to Docker EE’s RBAC

A recent Docker blog post offers a deep dive into the Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) enhancements introduced in Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 17.06. The post offers insight into:

  • Preventing different teams from viewing or interacting with each other’s applications when using shared infrastructure
  • Enforcing scheduling on certain nodes in the cluster
  • Managing access policies

Docker Swarm Benefits & Features

Docker has shared a blog post exploring the myriad benefits of Docker’s Swarm orchestration tool. The post arrives on the heels of Docker’s recent Kubernetes integration announcement. It describes Docker Swarm as a powerful and popular container orchestrator that provides “simple yet powerful cluster management capabilities.”

Docker for Windows 17.11

A recent Docker blog post contains some notes on Docker for Windows 17.11, including the availability of Microsoft’s Linux Containers on Windows (LCOW). Docker for Windows 17.11 is an Edge channel release. That means if your copy of Docker for Windows is set to the Edge or Nightly channel you will receive this update automatically.

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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