TL;DR – Recent Container News (12/1/17-12/15/17)

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Recap

InfoSiftr was at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2017 last week. Lots of big 1.0 announcements and community growth highlights. Follow the link for our complete recap. 

CFP Now Open for DockerCon 18 San Francisco

DockerCon has opened their Call for Proposals for the San Francisco 2018 conference. They’re looking for talks on the following subjects: IT Pros How-tos (new), Containers in Production – Customer Stories, Cool Apps, Edge Use Cases, Deeply Technical, Transformational Stories, Using Docker Technology, Moby. Deadline to submit is January 18.

Prometheus 2.0 Release Highlights

The New Stack has shared a podcast exploring “What’s New in Prometheus 2.0.” The podcast features the founder of Robust Perception along with a CoreOS engineer. Topics covered include Prometheus’s new instantaneous backup feature and new developments to the Time Series Database (TSDB) in general. The podcast also explores the future of Prometheus and how it will need to be optimized.

Deep Dive: Microsoft Azure Managed Kubernetes Service

A recent article by The New Stack offers a deep dive into Microsoft Azure’s Managed Kubernetes Service. The article explores “what has changed since the initial version of ACS,” and takes a look behind the scenes of an AKS cluster. Follow the link for this analysis, as well as a walkthrough of deploying a cluster.

What is containerd?

Containerd recently reached v1.0. The container runtime – originally a Docker project – is now hosted by the CNCF. It’s the most popular container runtime, used by Docker and Kubernetes CRI, among other projects.

Perhaps to celebrate the runtime’s 1.0 status, Docker has shared a “tour of containerd” on their blog. The tour explores containerd’s architecture and functionality (including push, pull, image management, and really everything you need to build a container platform).

Kubernetes 1.9 Means Increased Stability

Announced 12/7/17, Kubernetes 1.9 will bring more stable system tools, including Kubernetes workloads APIs. According to VentureBeat, this means the “tools for running stateful applications, deployments, sets of daemons, and replicas are all essentially complete and will not break with future iterations of the system.”

In Serverless, Lambda Still Reigns Supreme

A recent CNCF survey showed that 77% of respondents using serverless had chosen AWS Lambda. According to a recent The New Stack article, the results are “not surprising considering [AWS’s] penetration in cloud computing and over a year’s head start in the serverless market.” However, other serverless technologies do show promise, with Google Cloud Functions capturing 11 percent, and Microsoft’s Azure Functions and Apache OpenWhisk each scooping up 8 percent.

Metaparticle Simplifying Cloud Native Development

Kubernetes co-founder Brendan Burns (now of Microsoft) recently announced Metaparticle, a “new programming framework” that gives “programmers the tools to create their own distributed applications by writing in the language they’re used to,” according to VentureBeat. The framework is meant to “handle the complexity of performing tasks like packaging apps in software containers, replicating them, sharing them, synchronizing their work, and more.”

Heptio Ark Expands to Azure

Heptio (the Kubernetes services company founded by Kubernetes co-creators) recently extended their Ark disaster recovery tool to include Azure.

The Heptio Ark tool handles disaster recovery for Kubernetes cluster resources and volumes.

Heptio will be collaborating with Microsoft to enable backup and restore for Azure Container Service (AKS) via Heptio Ark.

Case Study: Containers at PayPal

Docker recently shared PayPal’s containerization story on the Docker blog. This was a recap of a talk given during DockerCon 17. According to the blog post, PayPal has begun containerizing traditional apps and now has 700+ apps in Docker, running some 150,000 containers. The post also explores “what’s next” for PayPal.



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