Category Archives: containers

Agile, On-Demand and Commitment Cloud Prices

Yesterday, I worked with a colleague to determine costing for their newly deployed kubernetes cluster on AWS (Walmart must not be a customer…). The math was mostly straightforward: Get cost of instance by size, multiply by number of instances and 720 hours per … Continue reading

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Tech War or Diplomacy?

Yesterday, I published an article asking, “Did Docker Declare War on RedHat and CoreOS?” I received several responses pointing out market-related developments. A number of people said they know that Docker did not intend to “declare war” on CoreOS and RedHat. Docker simply … Continue reading

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Did Docker Declare War on RedHat and CoreOS?

Yesterday, at DockerCon, Docker Inc announced open-sourcing its LinuxKit toolkit to build Linux operating system images. LinuxKit (the platform that has been rumoured as Moby for over a year) provides a relatively easy-to-use toolkit for building immutable operating system distributions. … Continue reading

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On to Nano-Services

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Pini Reznik, CTO of container consulting firm Container Solutions, in Berlin. It may appear strange that an independent consultant who spends a lot of time helping companies with development and infrastructure strategies, much … Continue reading

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Why Networking is Critical to Serverless

As readers know, I have been thinking a lot about serverless lately (along with all other forms of technology deployment and management, since it is what I do professionally). Recently, I came at it from another angle: network latency. Two weeks … Continue reading

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Can rkt+kubernetes provide a real alternative to Docker?

Last week in LinuxCon/ContainerCon Berlin, I attended a presentation by Luca Bruno of CoreOS, where he described how kubernetes, the most popular container orchestration and scheduling service, and rkt integrate. As part of the presentation, Luca delved into the rkt architecture. For … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Desktops Managed Like Containers?

Containers, the management and packaging technology for applications, are useful for many reasons: Packaging is simpler and self-contained Underlying operating system distribution becomes irrelevant Performance, therefore density, and therefore cost, is much better when working without a hypervisor layer To my mind, though, one of the … Continue reading

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The Problem with Serverless Is Packaging

Serverless. Framework-as-a-Service. Function-as-a-Service. Lambda. Compute Functions. Whatever you call it, serverless is, to some degree, a natural evolution of application management. In the 90s, we had our own server rooms, managed our own servers and power and cooling and security, … Continue reading

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Pilots In Habitats: Basic Unit of Application Deployment

What is the basic unit of application deployment? Two related trends have changed the answer to this question: DevOps Containers For many years, the tasks between engineer and operator were cleanly, if painfully, split: Engineer builds and delivers a package of … Continue reading

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An Electric Engine Doesn’t Make it Cloud

I loved the Tesla shareholders meeting, for the same reason I love it when VCs write posts about “all the investments we passed on and regretted later.” Bessemer Venture Partners even has a page dedicated to its “Anti-Portfolio.” Fortune magazine called … Continue reading

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