Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Others Jointly Form Open Container Project

A press release announcing the Open Container Project explains the overall vision for OCP.


The newly unveiled Open Container Project (OCP), which is backed and hosted by the Linux Foundation, brings together the big players of the container landscape and is looking to eventually create a unified standard that all containers can work with.

It’s clear, Docker containers have emerged as one of the most disruptive IT forces to come down the pike in quite a while, with the potential to transform nearly every aspect of the data center. The demo will be showcased in Intel booth #P1.

Microsoft coming on board was the most surprising announcement of this week’s biggest Docker event.

The Open Container Project said it will manage the transition of the Docker technology from an insider standard into an open industry standard.

Red Hat senior vice president for infrastructure business Tim Yeaton said: Ultimately, containers represent a significant paradigm shift for enterprise application development and deployment, whether used to modernize existing applications to build net new web or cloud-native workloads, or enable DevOps.

Containers have quickly become crucial tools for rapid-scale application development, and a new project aims to protect their usefulness by establishing common standards for software containers. The company also updated its Visual Studio integrated development environment to allow programmers to upload their programs into Docker containers.

The SDN features are a direct result of Docker’s acquisition of SocketPlane in March but were developed with feedback from the firm’s other networking partners.

“Since its launch at DockerCon SF last June, Docker Hub has attracted hundreds of thousands of users and tens of thousands of organizations”, said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. “A single standard will lead to a more vibrant ecosystem on either side of that divide”.

After all, competition is just as important in software containers as it is in any other market.

Polvi added, “We created App Container to kick-start a movement toward a shared industry standard”.

The service will be available through Docker and as a bonus, you can subscribe to it through Amazon Web Services, IBM or even Microsoft.

“Containers are revolutionizing the computing industry and delivering on the dream of application portability”, said Linux Foundation exec Jim Zemlin. At its Dockercon annual conference, held this week in San Francisco, Microsoft demonstrated how to a run an application composed of containerized components both on Linux and Microsoft Windows Server. Enterprises will now be able to use the combination of IBM, Docker and Cloud Foundry to create a new generation of portable distributed applications.

Desperate to be seen as a natural ally to containers, virtualization giant VMware Inc. announced a preview of Project Bonneville, a runtime that allows companies to package Docker containers inside of virtual machines.




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