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Google Create Kubernetes-based VM/Docker Image Building Framework

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 06, 2015

Google have created a Kubernetes-based open source reference implementation that automates the building of custom Google Compute Engine VM images with Jenkins and Packer. The primary goal of this work is to demonstrate how to add image creation into a build pipeline for continuous delivery, and produce artifacts that may provide increased reliability and reduced speed of VM initialisation.

Capgemini Apollo: An Open Source Microservice and Big Data Platform

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 06, 2015 1

Capgemini are currently working on Apollo, an open source application platform built on top of the Apache Mesos cluster manager and Docker, which is designed to power next generation web services, microservices and big data platforms running at scale.

Q&A on New Relic Software Analytics Improvement

by Guillermo Beltri on  May 31, 2015

New Relic has released a set of new features to its Software Analytics Platform. Service Maps is a real time visual map focused on services. Together with a tool for Docker monitoring, a database dashboard for NoSQL databases and an unified alerts platform, the company wants to reduce complexity in modern software architecture.

Security Vulnerabilities in Docker Hub Images

by Chris Swan on  May 29, 2015 2

BanyanOps have published a report stating that ‘Over 30% of Official Images in Docker Hub Contain High Priority Security Vulnerabilities’, which include some of the sensational 2014 issues such as ShellShock and Heartbleed. The analysis also looks at user generated ‘general’ repositories and finds an even greater level of vulnerability.

Q&A with Project Lead for Microservices-infrastructure at Cisco

by Daniel Bryant on  May 27, 2015

Cisco is currently working on an open source ‘microservice-infrastructure’ project, which will support the continuous deployment of microservice-based applications, and is built upon technologies such as Mesos, Consul and Docker. Development is occurring primarily in the open, via the CiscoCloud Github account.

Weaveworks Release ‘Weave Scope’ for Container and Microservice Monitoring

by Daniel Bryant on  May 18, 2015

Weaveworks, creators of the Weave Docker virtual networking solution, have released a pre-alpha version of 'Weave Scope', an open source developer-focused container monitoring tool. Scope automatically generates a map of containers, enabling developers to visualise, monitor, and control applications by using the information exposed to drive deployment and operational decisions.

CoreOS App Container Spec Gains Support from Google, Apcera and Red Hat

by Daniel Bryant on  May 12, 2015

At the inaugural CoreOS Fest in San Francisco, the CoreOS team announced that the App Container specification (appc) has recently gained support from Google, Apcera, Red Hat and VMware. Google have added support for CoreOS’s appc implementation ‘rkt’ into Kubernetes, and Apcera have created a new implementation of appc, named ‘Kurma’.

Docker Security Benchmark

by Chris Swan on  May 08, 2015

Docker Inc have worked with the Center for Internet Security (CIS) to produce a benchmark document containing numerous recommendations for the security of Docker deployments. The benchmark was announced in a blog post ‘Understanding Docker Security and Best Practices’ by Diogo Mónica who was recently hired along with Nathan McCauley to lead the Docker Security team.

Apple Rebuilds Siri Backend Services Using Apache Mesos

by Daniel Bryant on  May 03, 2015

Apple have announced that the company’s popular Siri iOS-based intelligent personal assistant is powered on the backend by Apache Mesos, the open source cluster manager. The Mesosphere blog states that Apple have created a proprietary PaaS-like scheduler framework named J.A.R.V.I.S., which allows developers to deploy Siri services in a scalable and fault-tolerant manner.

CoreOS Launches Monitored Google-Style Infrastructure

by Guillermo Beltri on  May 01, 2015 2

CoreOS has released Tectonic, a new product created from the aggregation of the CoreOS stack and the Google Kubernetes platform. Tectonic packages up different container technology and puts an UI on top of containers which includes a management console, an integrated registry and other tools to automate deployment.

Scaling Microservices at Gilt with Scala, Docker and AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 26, 2015 1

At Craft Conference 2015, Adrian Trenaman discussed the evolution of the Gilt.com architecture from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a cloud-based microservice ‘lots of small applications’ platform utilising Scala, Docker and AWS. Trenaman shared both technical and organisational lessons learnt from the past eight years, as Gilt has grown from a startup to a $1B company.

Mary Poppendieck Discusses Containers, Microservices and Contract Tests

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 25, 2015

At Craft Conference 2015 in Budapest, Mary Poppendieck discussed the ‘new software development game’ and offered advice on how best to utilise containers, microservices and consumer-based contract tests to lower friction and limit risk within software systems.

Chip Childers on Modern Application Architecture and Cloud Native Application Platform

by Srini Penchikala on  Apr 23, 2015

Programming frameworks, containers, and application platforms are some of the components that make up the modern application architecture. Chip Childers of Cloud Foundry Foundation spoke at ApacheCon Conference last week about modern application architecture and the cloud native application platform.

Microsoft Announces Nano Server and Hyper-V Containers

by João Miranda on  Apr 19, 2015

Microsoft continues its push to adapt to the new realities brought about by the containers tsunami, having recently announced the Nano Server, a "minimal footprint" Windows Server, and Hyper-V containers, which provide virtual machine isolation capabilities to containers. The Nano Server has 92 percent fewer critical bulletins and requires 80 percent fewer reboots than a typical Windows Server.

The Peril and Promise of the Early Adoption of Technology

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 18, 2015

At the inaugural O’Reilly Software Architecture conference, Bryan Cantrill shared lessons learnt from building a business around the early adoption of OS-virtualised containers. Core advice included; don’t innovate in too many directions at once; identify the technical differentiators, and focus on ease of use/adoptions for everything else; and don’t give up - technological revolutions take time.

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