TL;DR – Last Week’s Container News (03/09/18-03/16/18)

Ex-Docker CEO Now Leading Storj Labs

Our friend Ben Golub (the former Docker, Inc. CEO) has taken the helm at Storj Labs, a cloud storage provider based on blockchain. According to eWeek, Golub wants Storj to become “the Airbnb of the storage industry with a crowdsourced model for distributed storage.” The model allows individual users to rent out their unused storage in a “secure, encrypted way” and will shard data across multiple nodes. The company does have a cryptocurrency, and was able to raise $30 million with their ICO in May of last year. 

Golub’s involvement here is something of a return to form (before Docker, he was CEO of Gluster, another storage company which he sold to Red Hat in 2011). Check out the link above for Sean Michael Kerner’s excellent coverage via eWeek.

Securing Docker and Kubernetes with a Firewall

SDxCentral has shared “a guide to securing Docker and Kubernetes containers with a firewall.” According to the guide, it’s a “hefty challenge for traditional firewall rules and iptables to inspect traffic and defend containers from unwanted access,” given the dynamic nature of container deployments. The guide walks through the choices available for a firewall deployment and discusses manually configuring a firewall, among other topics.

Why Kubernetes is Hot

Network Computing has shared “4 Reasons Why Kubernetes is Hot.” This article is based on an interview with Brian Gracely, Red Hat’s director of product strategy for OpenShift. The four reasons outlined by the article include:

  1. It’s become the industry standard for deploying containers
  2. It’s the next big trend for managing virtualized infrastructure
  3. Developers love it
  4. It can run any containerized app

Containers and Microservices and the role of APM

A recent article in The New Stack discusses containers and microservices 101 — their impact on the enterprise, how they support DevOps, and how to implement them safely. This was a sponsored post (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) for an application performance monitoring (APM) provider, so it does spend considerable time discussing the role and importance of APM. However, the article does have some good information overall, if you don’t mind reading sponsored content. Check it out at the link.

Principles of Containerized App Design

A recent Kubernetes blog post explores the “principles of container-based application design.” The post offers seven principles, three of which concern build time (“single concern,” “self-containment,” “image immutability”), and four of which concern runtime (“high observability,” “lifecycle conformance,” “process disposibility,” “runtime confinement”). Follow the link for a complete description of all seven principles.

Docker Securing Supply Chain for Kubernetes

Docker has been sharing a series of posts that explore how Docker EE secures the supply chain for Kubernetes. This most recent post explores Docker Content Trust and image signing more closely. It also delves into integrating Docker Content Trust into your automated workflow. Follow the link for a more complete rundown.

Container Adoption Rates Around the World

Looking at data from AWS, machine data analytics specialists Sumo Logic have found evidence that “European companies are falling behind businesses in the US and APAC regions when it comes to tracking security issues in the cloud,” with only 43 percent of companies in Europe using AWS CloudTrail vs 51 percent in the US. Meanwhile, however, the adoption of Docker within AWS is “higher in Europe than US or Sydney” with 27 percent of European companies running Docker (vs 24 percent in US and 18 percent in Australia). Check out the complete article from Computer Business Review.

OCI Adds New Members

The Open Container Initiative (OCI) announced the addition of some new members this week, including 99Cloud, Kontena and OpenStack Foundation (all joining at the silver level). InfoSiftr is a member of the OCI, and, as we’ve said before, we believe the OCI is critical to helping ensure compatibility and interoperability for the basic components of containers. Please join us in congratulating the OCI on their new member additions!

China Container Adoption: By the Numbers

The CNCF recently conducted their first Mandarin-language survey of the container / Kubernetes community. The CNCF is going to share the results in a webinar in early April. This should help uncover trends in container adoption and development for China, and Asia more broadly. Stay tuned!



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