The State of the Container, Volume VII

The State of the Container curates the top news in the Container ecosystem on approximately a monthly basis. Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive these posts via email.

2015 was undoubtedly a breakout year for containers. Not only did the entire industry come together for the development of the Open Container Initiative, but we saw a number of promising, young startups emerge to solve key technology gaps within the microservices ecosystem. Docker had several substantial releases during the year and added $113 million in financing to accelerate its market share and technology. Most importantly, large organizations actually started to adopt the technology, with forward-thinking organizations like Verizon demonstrating massive deployments and Goldman Sachs announcing production deployments. As a result, we’re seeing a proliferation in the development of new and advanced tools and tutorials, with even the container job market heating up. Further bolstering the ecosystem, Microsoft emerged as a serious partner and is heavily committed to furthering container support in their 2016 product line. Docker, all the while, will be adding support for unikernals across its line of products with its latest acquisition.

With that said, there’s still a long journey to an open standard, and we hope that the Open Container Initiative delivers its promise of an open container format — one that is backwards compatible with Docker. Regardless, containers will continue to evolve and influence IT strategies in 2016. We’re certain that we’ll continue to see Fortune 500s make containers part of their development workflow this year, and with widespread adoption, we may even get definitive answers to pain-points in container security, service optimization, and debugging. Lastly, be sure to check out Clair for container vulnerability scanning, OpsClarity for visualizing app infrastructure monitoring, and Oracle’s strategy with StackEngine.

Top News This Month

Docker acquires Unikernel Systems to go beyond Linux containers 
VentureBeat · “Docker, the company that has popularized the use of containers for wrapping up application code, is announcing today that it has acquired Unikernel Systems, a small startup that focuses on the development of the unikernel, a technology that runs code using only the most essential operating system components.”

Sequoia’s Microservices Ecosystem & Landscape

VMware’s five key cloud native computing investments 
TechRepublic · “Cloud-native computing is an architectural pattern for developing applications to exploit the capabilities offered by cloud platforms. These green-field applications are designed to take advantage of the cloud’s elasticity, horizontal scaling, and programmability features.”

Opsclarity Visualizes Application Infrastructure Monitoring 
The New Stack · “When organizations start to think about moving their applications into container-based architectures, the issue of how to monitor these services when working at scale has become a challenge. OpsClarity hopes to help ease this transition.”

Docker 1.10 Release Candidate Now Available 
Docker · ”Starting from v1.10 we completely change the way Docker addresses the image data on disk.”

Joyent CTO: Confusion and Clarity in the Container Space 
The New Stack · “We caught up with Joyent’s loquacious chief technology officer Bryan Cantrill to learn more about Joyent’s own container-base cloud services, as well as to hear what the always-articulate Cantrill has to say about what is happening in the still-gestating container ecosystem.”

Docker Job Market Heating Up 
Docker · “More than a 70,000% increase in job postings around the world. It’s safe to say that companies all over are investing heavily in Docker to transform their application lifecycles.”

The State of Continuous Integration in 2015 
DZone · “To successfully adopt and implement continuous integration and continuous delivery in an enterprise organization will require trust, the removal of process barriers and the creation of a blameless culture.”

Docker and Security: How do they fit together? 
Jaxenter · “While Docker images are famously simple and practical, Docker security remains a tricky maze. Docker pros Dustin Huptas and Andreas Schmidt show us the essential security features you need to know for building a secure system with Docker.”

How Containers Will Change the Game Server Hosting Industry 
CodeShip Blog · “The core product has become significantly more mature, the user base has grown considerably, and a number of advanced features have emerged solving many of the core barriers to containerization of game servers and other opinionated applications.”

Clair Helps Secure Docker Images 
InfoQ · “Clair is an open-source container vulnerability scanner recently released by CoreOs. The tool cross-checks if a Docker image’s operating system and any of its installed packages match any known insecure package versions.”

Tutorials

Fundings & Acquisitions

Oracle Cloud Chief on Making Docker A Better Corporate Citizen 
Fortune · “Peter Magnusson outlines what StackEngine, Oracle’s latest acquisition, brings to the table”

Docker acquires Unikernel Systems to go beyond Linux containers 
VentureBeat · “Docker, the company that has popularized the use of containers for wrapping up application code, is announcing today that it has acquired Unikernel Systems, a small startup that focuses on the development of the unikernel, a technology that runs code using only the most essential operating system components.”

Upcoming Conferences

Container Summit: The Future of Containers in the Enterprise
State of the Container readers can save 25% off tickets with the code CS25JOY
The Container Summit is coming to New York City February 10th to continue the conversation surrounding containers in the enterprise! There are more and more events talking about containers, but what sets Container Summit apart is a focus on sharing actual best practices from enterprise users of containers in production. Some of the most innovative enterprises like Walmart, Twitter, and Netflix have been running containers in production for years and have experience with what solution stacks work best, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to get optimal performance without breaking the bank.

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Originally published at archive.work-bench.com on January 21, 2016.