Monday, June 22, 2015

Docker Contributes its Runtime to Linux Foundation's New Open Container Project

The major developers of software containers for virtual machines, including Docker and CoreOS, agreed to collaborate on a new Open Container Project under the auspices of the Linux Foundation.

Docker agreed to donate the co
de for its software container format and its runtime, as well as the associated specifications.

Additional founders of the OCP include Amazon Web Services, Apcera, Cisco,EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, Google, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Linux Foundation, Mesosphere, Microsoft, Pivotal, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and VMware.

Docker said that over the past two years, its image format and container runtime have emerged as the de facto standard, with support across every major Linux distribution, Microsoft Windows, every major public cloud provider, all leading virtualization platforms and most major CPU architectures, including: x86, ARM, z and POWER System p.

Containers based on Docker’s image format have been downloaded more than 500 million times in the past year alone and there are now more than 40,000 public projects based on the Docker format.

“Containers are revolutionizing the computing industry and delivering on the dream of application portability,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. “With the Open Container Project, Docker is ensuring that fragmentation won’t destroy the promise of containers. Users, vendors and technologists of all kinds will now be able to collaborate and innovate with the assurance that neutral open governance provides. We applaud Docker and the other founding members for having the will and foresight to get this done.”

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