Some of the biggest names in the industry are working to make containers live up to the hype.
At LinuxCon Europe at the start of October, the company released under the Apache 2.0 license InfraKit, which is basically a set of software tools that are designed to manage containers on cloud services.
What this technology does is to overcome the various ways that cloud providers deploy servers, and let users control their systems.
The family of plugin components communicate via HTTP and are able to look at the current infrastructure and take action when the state moves away from the user specification.
Ease of use is clearly one of the top considerations for both businesses and tech companies, as is security and visibility.
At the Red Hat Summit in June, the company launched a container scanning interface to enable security partners to plug into the company’s OpenShift Container Platform. What this allows is the ability for users to see what is running inside their containers and whether the latest security updates have been applied.
This should be particularly beneficial to companies in Europe that are preparing for the introduction of the European General Data Protection Regulation, and really any company that wants to know what data is where.
OpenStack is another that has placed a much greater focus on containers, after dismissing the notion that containers and virtualisation can’t co-exist.
The OpenStack community recently revealed the 14th version of its open source software for building its clouds and again there were moves around containers.
What’s clear is that plenty of work is being done to make containers the solution that they are promised to be.
In effect, vendors are making it enterprise ready. Yes containers have been around for decades in one form or another, but apart from Google with its Borg system, the enterprise credentials of the technology are still being built.
The container market has gained a lot of interest and with that has come confusion with numerous different methods or ideas about how to use them.
Work on creating standards, improving security, and reference architectures remain a must for one of the hottest topics in the industry.