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Docker Gets An Unexpected Rocket

By - Source: Toms IT Pro
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Just about every self respecting IT geek knows of the Docker "move and run anywhere" virtualization stack. Docker allows developers to ship the machine just as the developer designed. Containers, as the name implies, can be shipped around and run, totally decoupled from the developer setup. Drop it on AWS, it works; drop it on any number of Docker environments, it works. It decouples the application from the underlying platform.

Imitation is the finest form of flattery, and now everyone else is getting in on the act. CoreOS, the developers of the underlying OS application stack that runs in the containers, are busy creating its version of what Docker should be. This potentially means fragmentation and choices that may detract from the products themselves. Having to choose between two potentially competing standards will scare off businesses. Backing the wrong standard could prove expensive. Also, with Microsoft, Amazon and Google throwing their respective weight behind Docker to run on the Windows platform, is it too late for CoreOS?

The bust-up began some weeks ago, with CoreOS claiming that Docker had moved away from its original goal of an open platform that anyone can use. Now, it's claiming that Docker is bloated and includes everything, including the kitchen sink.

Docker, on the other hand, appears to be throwing its toys out the pram and refusing to really discuss it or make any real comment on the situation. According to several media reports, the CEO of Docker, Solomon Hykes, has taken exception to the way in which CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi has been bashing Docker.

At the moment there is more smoke and mirrors than any hard details. What is certain is that the gauntlet has been laid down for Polvi.

CoreOS does not yet have a replacement for the Docker platform. Only time will tell if it actually materializes. It is a high risk strategy that may or may not pay off; if it doesn't, it would become another has been.