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Immutable Infrastructure: Rise of the Machine Images



Axel Fontaine looks at what Immutable Infrastructure is and how it affects scaling, logging, sessions, configuration, service discovery and more. He also looks at how containers and machine images compare and why some things people took for granted may not be necessary anymore.


Axel Fontaine is the founder and CEO of Boxfuse. Axel is also the creator and project lead of Flyway. He is a Continuous Delivery and Immutable Infrastructure expert, a Java Champion, a JavaOne Rockstar and a regular speaker at various large international conferences.

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Apr 24, 2016

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  • Very impressive

    by Richard Richter,

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    During the presentation I checked the page, registered, downloaded the client and checked how the demo app works on VirtualBox (I didn't need to try AWS, I'm pretty sure it works). The image is 51 MB big, total space taken by Boxfuse running this Java app is way under 300 MB when it's running with all the intermediate stuff and binaries itself. This is just crazy and a very nice proof it can be done in this no-nonsense way. Kudos for that! Also the point about containers (I'm a Docker fan actually, although the name of the elephant was not mentioned ;-)) vs VMs was very reasonable, unless you need superfast startup time, etc. All in all, very, very inspirational. Thank you for this presentation.

  • Re: Very impressive

    by Axel Fontaine,

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    Thank you very much for the kind words Richard. Truly appreciated!

    We worked tirelessly to ensure deploying your Java or Node.js applications to AWS is truly effortless. Thank you very much for giving Boxfuse a try!

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