How big are containers these day? When Red Hat switched their orchestration engine in OpenShift to Kubernetes in July 2015, there were only a handful of companies in the world. Here’s the latest list of certified companies per CNCF:
- Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Cloud Container Service
- Apprenda, Kismatic Enterprise Toolkit (KET)
- Appscode, Pharmer
- Caicloud, Compass
- Canonical, Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes
- Cisco Systems, Cisco Container Platform
- Cloud Foundry Foundation, Cloud Foundry Container Runtime
- CoreOS, Tectonic
- DaoCloud, DaoCloud Enterprise
- Docker, Docker Enterprise Edition
- Google, Google Kubernetes Engine
- Heptio, AWS-Quickstart
- Huawei, Huawei Cloud Container Engine
- IBM, IBM Cloud Container Service and IBM Cloud Private
- Loodse, Kubermatic Container Engine
- Mesosphere, Kubernetes on DC/OS
- Microsoft, Azure ACS-Engine
- Mirantis, Mirantis Cloud Platform
- Netease, Netease Container Service Dedicated
- Oracle, Oracle Container Engine, Oracle Linux, Oracle Terraform Kubernetes Installer
- Pivotal Software, Pivotal Container Service (PKS)
- Poseidon, Typhoon
- Rancher, Inc., Rancher Kubernetes
- Red Hat, OpenShift
- SAP, Cloud Platform – Gardener
- SUSE, SUSE CaaS (Container as a Service) Platform
- Samsung SDS, Kraken
- StackPointCloud, Stackpoint.io
- Tencent Cloud, Tencent Cloud Container Service
- VMware, Pivotal Container Service (PKS)
- Weaveworks, kubeadm
- Wise2C Technology, WiseCloud
RALEIGH, N.C. — August 9, 2017 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6, the latest version of Red Hat’s enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform.
Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6 offers an enterprise-ready container platform based on Kubernetes 1.6, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the integrated docker container runtime. By combining these open source technologies, Red Hat, as a leading contributor to both the docker and Kubernetes projects, helps customers to more quickly roll out new services with the support of a stable, reliable and more secure enterprise container solution powered by the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform.
Complete Press Release here.
On Microsoft’s own Azure cloud, 75% of machines run Linux. These are Microsoft customers who are running Linux. Microsoft needs to support the platform they use, or they will go somewhere else.
To that end, Microsoft has written a Linux subsystem in Windows, that allows users/admins to run bash commands.
Is Microsoft’s victory a loss for traditional Linux vendors? To some degree, yes. Microsoft has become a direct competitor. But the clear winner here is Linux.
Microsoft doesn’t own any Linux technologies. They are totally dependent on an external vendor, in this case Canonical, for their entire Linux layer. Too risky a proposition, if Canonical gets acquired by a fierce competitor.
Read the full story from CIO magazine here
An operating system only matters because it is a platform for applications. Apps make money for businesses and productivity for individuals — i.e. they deliver the real value of computing.
Answer by Mathew Lodge, Board member of CNCF, a Linux Foundation project, on Quora:
Microsoft has decided that the operating system is no longer an important battleground, and that it’s more important to gain market share in cloud (Azure and Office 365) than it is to put energy into battling Linux for application market share. <more>