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Tuesday, May 20 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Future of Containers in Linux - James Bottomley, Parallels

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Containers in the Cloud has been receiving a lot of attention recently. If you look at the available containers technology (OpenVZ, ZeroVM, Docker, LXC, OpenShift, lmctfy ...) You'd think that there'd been even more proliferation and competition in the Linux containers space than in hypervisors with Xen and KVM. However, the reality is somewhat different. Thanks to a massive collaborative between most of the containers players on the upstream kernel, the underlying technology used to create containers that run on Linux is essentially the same. The
differences lie in the ways containers are created and managed from the point of view of which pieces of the in-kernel container technology they make use of.

Looking to the future, the enterprise embrace of containers, while great, leaves some CIOs worrying about their hardware investments in virtualization technology like SR-IOV and NFV.

This talk will survey the current state of container technology in Linux, what the control plane differences are between all the competing technologies, and how we might begin to standardise container technology and give some speculation about future container advances that will allow them to reuse hardware designed for hypervisors.


James Bottomley

James Bottomley is CTO of Server Virtualisation at Parallels with a current focus on Open Source container technologies and Linux Kernel maintainer of the SCSI subsystem, PA-RISC Linux and the 53c700 set of drivers. He has made contributions in the areas of x86 architecture and SMP... Read More →

Tuesday May 20, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm

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