In a classic case of "if you can't lick 'em, join 'em," Docker is bringing Kubernetes to Docker Enterprise Edition, its container platform for enterprises. Perhaps the move, announced Tuesday at DockerCon 17 in Copenhagen, was inevitable, as just about every organization that uses containers has jumped on the Kubernetes bandwagon.
In production for six months, the platform powers Uber's business, running more than 220 applications in the company's data centers.
Although Red Hat in the cloud is already available in China, the new arrangement is important because it makes the company's software portfolio available on the largest cloud in the largest of the emerging markets. This benefits existing customers with expansion plans that include what is now the world's second largest economy. It also promises to generate revenue from inside the country.
Although Grafeas isn't container specific, that's really what it's all about. It includes Kritis, a policy engine for enforcing secure software supply chain policies that connects to Kubernetes using the ImagePolicyWebHook plugin. According to Google, Kritis offers "real-time enforcement of container properties at deploy time for Kubernetes clusters based on attestations of container image properties" that are stored in Grafeas.
This looks pretty much like a win-win deal, although it appears as if Google has so far done most of the heavy lifting. That will change. Puppet will be doing its share of work when it comes time to support enterprise customers seeking to leverage the partnership to move older apps to Google's cloud.
Until July, when the Open Container Initiative released version 1.0 of its specification, there were no standards when it came to containers. Products from one vendor didn't necessarily work with the offerings from another. Obviously, this was a problem for DevOps working in diverse environments.
I'm not sure that free publicity for Splunk was what Big Red had in mind with the conference, but you never know. It's been said that Larry Ellison works in mysterious ways.
The company appears to have hedged on its open source bet a bit, however. Instead of shelling-out $250,000 to become a top-tier premier member, it opted for a general membership, which set it back $50,000, according to the Hyperledger website -- or considerably less that a single developer's salary.
CNCF, the Linux Foundation project behind Kubernetes and other container-related open source applications, has been busy signing up platinum members lately. In the last few months they've taken on a spate of new top-tier members, including the likes of Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, and now SAP.
This is an unexpected boon for developers. Unexpected because although Yahoo has a history of releasing some of its code as open source, most famously the big data project Hadoop, it wasn't known if the practice would continue under Verizon's ownership. A boon, because Vespa is loaded with potential that reaches far beyond search.
The OSI board has elected Simon Phipps, a current board member and OSI's president from 2010-2016, to serve as Randal's replacement. A long time open source advocate, Phipps spent time at IBM where he founded Big Blue's Java Technology Center and later led Sun Microsystem's open source program during the time when most of the company's core software was released as open source.
Back before Steve Ballmer permanently left the building, the only thing Microsoft hated more than Linux was open source. They said it was a cancer that was going to destroy the world, or at least job prospects for coders living in and around the greater Redmond area, unless they wanted to switch careers and become baristas at Starbucks.
It's also in rapid development. Since the fork that gave it birth, Nextcloud has evolved beyond being merely a Dropbox drop in. "In a way, it's like the first true Office 365 killer," is how Karlitschek put it.
So, what happened to bring about the abrupt change of heart? It appears as if the popular content management platform WordPress happened.
The backbone of MongoDB Inc is its NoSQL database, released as an open source project in 2009 and which began seeing considerable adoption almost immediately. Three years after the release it made a ninth place showing on The Wall Street Journal's "The Next Big Thing 2012" list and by 2014 the DB was already driving the back ends at Craigslist, eBay, SourceForge, Viacom, the New York Times and others.
In a blog posted Wednesday, the day the sale was announced, Mirchandani hinted that Distelli's software would be integrated into Puppet. The details, however, won't be coming until October at the company's conference, PuppetConf, in San Francisco.
There is some truth to that statement. Oracle does have a cloud and it does run Kubertetes. But no one other than Oracle is claiming that Oracle's IaaS cloud is either large or successful, although in Zemlin's defense, "large" is a relative term.
The company's founders, CEO McLuckie and Joe Beda -- along with Brendan Burns, who's now with Microsoft -- developed Kubernetes, the popular Linux container orchestration platform, while at Google and released it to the open source community, where it's now part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a Linux Foundation Collaborative project that McLuckie helped start. Since then, McLuckie and Beda have been able to take the "little" project they helped create and parlay it into a rewarding career.
Unlike some companies with proprietary DNA (Oracle comes to mind for some reason) VMware should have little trouble learning to work hand-in-hand with open source developers, if it sets its collective mind to it. Why? Because the company has quite a bit of open source DNA coarsing through its veins.
This move might justifiably cause concerns for both users and developers. Since acquiring a long list of open source projects from Sun Microsystems in 2010, Oracle has developed a reputation for dumping open source projects that didn't fit its plans. The most notable example would be Open Office, which it dumped in the lap of the Apache Foundation where it quickly gained orphan status after a developer revolt resulted in the project being forked as LibreOffice.