At the inaugural HashiConf conference, held in Portland, USA, HashiCorp announced the release of a new distributed scheduler platform named ‘Nomad’ that is capable of scheduling containers, VMs and standalone applications; and a new application delivery tool named ‘Otto’ that builds upon the existing Vagrant tool by enabling the management of remote application deployments.
Force12.io have released a prototype ‘microscaling’ container demonstration running on the Apache Mesos cluster manager, which they claim starts and stops ‘priority 1’ and ‘priority 2’ containers more rapidly than traditional autoscaling approaches when given a simulated demand for the differing workloads. InfoQ discussed the goals and methodology of this approach with Force12.io’s Ross Fairbanks.
Based on their experience with arbitrarily shutting down servers or simulating the shutdown of an entire data center in production, Netflix has proposed a number of principles of chaos engineering.
Splunk is jumping into the service-monitoring sector with a new visualization called IT Service Intelligence.
IBM has announced LinuxONE, a Linux-only hardware portfolio which runs SUSE, Red Hat or Ubuntu distributions and adds support for different open-source tools such as Docker and Chef. This offering is targeted to both large enterprises and mid-size businesses.
James Governor from RedMonk has written about how immutable infrastructure approaches are applicable to microservices. In his view, all microservices must be immutable and developers will observe the same benefits which others are already seeing in lower layers of the software stack.
It is now possible to run Windows-specific software inside containers. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 is the first Windows release to support this technology. Windows Server Containers offer very similar capabilities to Linux containers, but in the context of the Windows ecosystem. Docker also released its own technical preview that showcases how it's able to manage Windows containers.
On August 28, 2015, the first CNUTCon was held in Beijing. At the conference, Kevin Huo, the founder of Geekbang & InfoQ China, announced that InfoQ has joined forces with domestic front-line IT technology companies to establish the CNUT Container Technology Club.
Amazon Web Services recently introduced VPC endpoints to enable a "private connection between your VPC and another AWS service without requiring access over the Internet, through a NAT instance, a VPN connection, or AWS Direct Connect". VPC endpoint policies provide granular access control to other service's resources. Initially available are connections to S3, other services will be added later.
Docker Inc have announced the release of Docker 1.8, which brings with it some new and updated tools in addition to new engine features. Docker Toolbox provides a packaged system aiming to be, ‘the fastest way to get up and running with a Docker development environment’. The most significant change to Docker Engine is Docker Content Trust, which provides image signing and verification.
Project Calico have released Calico v1.0, a virtualised layer 3 networking solution for VM and container workloads, which enables flexible, scalable and secure IP-based communication without the need for an overlay network. The release includes integration with the OpenStack 'Neutron' networking stack, and ‘proof of concept level’ integrations with Docker, Kubernetes and other related technology.
InfoQ recently sat down with Joseph Jacks and Patrick Reilly from Kismatic Inc, a company offering enterprise Kubernetes support, and asked about their thoughts on the recent Kubernetes v1.0 launch, the history of the project, and how this container orchestration platform may impact the future of microservice deployment.
Redfish 1.0 is defined as a standard and a RESTful API for the management of scale-out commodity servers. Although it was created with the current needs of scalable architectures in mind, Redfish can be used for the management or the integration of the older platforms and their tool chains.
InfoQ recently sat down with Bryan Cantrill, CTO of Joyent, and asked about his thoughts on container technology, running Docker on bare metal, and how Joyent is driving technical innovation within this space through the development of their Triton platform.
CoreOS Inc, have released Tectonic Preview, a commercial container infrastructure offering that supports the recently released Kubernetes v1.0, CoreOS, Docker and rkt. CoreOS also announced that the inaugural 'Tectonic Summit' conference will be run within New York in December.