Why CoreOS went its own way on containers

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Alex Polvi seems a bit puzzled at the reaction to CoreOS’s decision to develop its own basic container technology. Many saw that news, announced this week, as an aggressive move on Docker. It’s fine with him that Docker wants to become a platform company and add management, orchestration, what-have-you to its eponymous Docker containers. His point is that many customers still need bare-bones containers and CoreOS wants to provide them.

On this week’s Structure Show, Polvi — CEO of CoreOS — agreed that Docker’s move up the food chain from containers to platform is analogous to [company]VMware[/company]’s progression from a hypervisor company to virtualization-management company. If you ask today’s startups if they’d like to be in VMware’s shoes, most would say heck yeah, he said: There’s nothing bad about being a platform company.

Still, it’s indisputable that [company]CoreOS[/company]’s announcement struck a nerve with [company]Docker[/company] and ignited controversy. Polvi addresses lots of our questions here about the container ecosystem, where he sees CoreOS fitting in with Google’s Kubernetes container management system and Mesos cluster management, and other topics including the state of the overall cloud computing ecosystem as he sees it..

It’s a brisk and timely discussion so don’t miss it.

CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi
CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi

In the first half of the show, Derrick Harris and I hash out the news around Hortonworks’ new sub-$1 billion valuation; Amazon Web Services new no-money down instances, and Google’s Automatic Statistician project.

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