VMware has advanced its campaign to make containers an extension of its virtual machine environment by making it simpler to deploy VMware Integrated Controllers (VIC). VIC enables IT organizations to deploy Docker containers on top of VMware virtual machines so they can be managed as part of VMware vSphere, which combines the VMware hypervisor and management software in a single server virtualization platform.
In a few short months Helm has emerged as a primary mechanism for installing and updating applications running on top of a Kubernetes cluster. Curated application definitions for Helm are created using a tool dubbed Helm Charts.
Is LXD, Canonicals open source container hypervisor, still an important part of the container ecosystem? Thats a fair question to ask, because no one has heard much about it lately.
Siddhartha Agarwal is vice president, product management and strategy, for Oracle Cloud Platform. Developers should be burning with excitement about the opportunities ahead in 2018, with products and tools around technologies such as blockchain, chatbots, serverless functions, and machine learning becoming mature enough for real-world projects.
One of the biggest unmet challenges associated with building microservices based on containers is managing all the data attached to them. As microservices dynamically appear and disappear, keeping track of what is being used or needs to be made available becomes a significant IT operational headache.
The coming year is shaping up to one in which Google uses its experience managing Kubernetes clusters to close the gap between it and rival cloud services providers Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Google has managed to maneuver itself into third place in the cloud service provider wars, thanks to focusing mainly on big data applications and providing lower-cost infrastructure services via the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Now that the containerd project has formally reached a 1.0 status under the auspices of the Cloud Native Container Foundation (CNCF), one of the hallmarks of 2018 will be a significant expansion of the number and types of platforms that can host container images. The containerd project provides a mechanism for transferring container images in addition to controlling how a container is executed and supervised on both Linux and Windows systems.