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Docker Acquisition of Unikernel Is a Strong Case for Container Ecosystems

January 25, 2016

The story of Docker begins like many in the technology business: humble roots, hard work and an idea. That beginning has snowballed into a synergistic, powerful rise in just a few short years. The latest announcement in Docker's story is its gaining of Unikernel systems. This company acquisition stands to add the features of Unikernel across all of the Docker tools and services.

At the heart of the Unikernel proposition, however, there is a strong focus on infrastructure efficiency. By implementing granular operating units, this technology is able to isolate computing for better security, reliability, and scale. The technology promises to bring performance as well as security advantages throughout the modern application stack. It will also help unify the management of systems at a variety of levels through a single pane of glass.

Docker has enjoyed a quick rise in popularity since it was first announced as an open source project back in 2013. Relying on features within the Linux kernel, Docker is able to isolate resources and packaged applications for extreme datacenter efficiency. The technology is popular in widespread environments and it has helped increase the density in many data centers across the land. By focusing on applications instead of virtualized machines, Docker is able to stack more within a machine than previous technologies allowed. Commercial support for Docker is widespread and major names such as Red Hat and Amazon can be found among those ranks.

Analyzing the Docker and Unikernel announcement, there is a clear ambition visible which is focused on migrating workloads onto more efficient systems. Companies have taken principal value of this leading technology and have used it to increase capacity across the spectrum. Docker is being used by a number of mega scale environments such as PayPal, Yelp, and Groupon to name a few. The technology has allowed companies to master and maximize platforms such as the hybrid cloud and it has helped in accelerating the culture of DevOps. Along with the elements of orchestration and security, Docker helps companies adopt technologies quickly and roll out development faster than ever.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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