Containers For The Masses Now That Kubernetes Is Set Free

22 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Kubernetes reaches v1.0 and celebrates with the help of Linux, Docker and Red Hat.

GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED the first official, stable release of the Kubernetes docking platform just days after joining the OpenStack Foundation as a corporate partner.

Today, when companies use services like Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud or the Google Compute Engine, the idea is that they’re running their websites and software applications on virtual machines—computer servers that exist only as software. Kubernetes version 1.0 is single and ready to mingle and celebrate, and the company has offered it to the newly created Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). On day 2 of the event, the open source community is celebrating the launch of Kubernetes 1.0, an orchestration engine for containers that just turned one last month. The CNCF was formed in association with the Linux Foundation and industry partners, and will now take control of Kubernetes, deciding its direction and building the necessary software.

The news follows an announcement this time last month of the creation of the Open Container Project (OCP), which marked the beginning of a thaw in the icy relations between Core OS and Docker. In the wake of the Heartbleed malware scare, it was charged with setting up the Core Infrastructure Initiative to keep the SSL security protocol safe from beasties. µ Generally speaking, the foundation’s activities are intended to “improve the overall developer experience, paving the way for faster code reuse, improved machine efficiency, reduced costs and increases in the overall agility and maintainability of applications,” according to a statement. Participants will initially focus on the Kubernetes container management software, which Google released under an open-source project last year. (Incidentally, today marks the availability of Kubernetes version 1.0.) The Apache Mesos project could also come under the control of the new foundation, which could conceivably govern a wide range of other tools in the future, too. For instance, Google offers a tool called Kubernetes that’s designed to juggle containers across a large collection of machines, and other companies offer similar tools.

Then again, as more vendors get involved, container-based computing could start to lose the excitement that has built up around it in the past couple of years. June 2014: Google announces Kubernetes – In a blog post by Eric Brewer, VP of Infrastructure, Google announces Kubernetes, a lean yet powerful open-source container manager that deploys containers into a fleet of machines, provides health management and replication capabilities, and makes it easy for containers to connect to one another and the outside world. July 2014: Microsoft, Red Hat , IBM, Docker, CoreOS, Mesosphere, and SaltStack join Kubernetes – Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President at Google welcomed key industry players to the community. August 2014: Mesosphere collaborates with Kubernetes – Mesosphere announced that it is incorporating Kubernetes into Mesos and Mesosphere ecosystem to manage the deployment of Docker workloads.

August 2014: VMware joins Kubernetes community – Craig Mcluckie, Product Manager at Google Cloud Platform said VMware will help Kubernetes implement this same pattern of using virtualization to secure physical machines, when those machines are outside of Google’s data centers. February 2015: Google and Mirantis partner to bring Kubernetes to OpenStack – Based on OpenStack Application Catalog project, Murano, Mirantis and Google announced a joint project to enable developers to install and run Kubernetes applications on OpenStack. June 2015: Google Container Engine enters public beta – Google announced the beta release of Google Container Engine, including pricing information along with the generally availability of at Google Container Registry. The company would bring its expertise in container-oriented computing to OpenStack, while improving interoperability between private and public clouds.

Red Hat is utilising Kubernetes along with Geard project to bring orchestration and scheduling capabilities to OpenShift v3 to manage large scale environments.

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