Looking Back on Containers in 2015

Woah.  2015 went by really quickly.  I do suppose it’s not all that surprising as time flies… especially when you’re having fun or… getting older (you pick).  In fact, we’ve already put 2 percent of 2016 behind us!  That said, before we get too deep into “the future”, and in consideration of Janus having not one but two faces, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane…

Without a doubt, 2015 was an exciting year for all things “container”, especially here at Red Hat.

To recap, the year started off with a bang when we announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host alongside Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1.  Then – less than two months laterwe unveiled Nulecule (a TOSCA-inspired container specification) and Atomic App (a reference implementation of the Nulecule specification).  Several weeks later, at Red Hat Summit (in Boston), we introduced Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform, an integrated infrastructure platform designed to run, orchestrate and scale multi-container-based applications and services.  Then, over the summer, we celebrated (and then incorporated) the release of Kubernetes 1.0 (available via the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extras Channel).  With the advent of fall, we made nearly all Red Hat Software Collections available as container images via the Red Hat Container Registry.

To round things out, in late November, after the release of at least five atomic updates we introduced OpenShift Enterprise 3.1 and a public preview of Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform.  To this end, if you’re looking to adopt container-based architectures, OpenShift and Atomic allow you to use Docker-formatted Linux containers to create microservices-based applications and modernize traditional workloads – all with the security of a consistent foundation based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Finally, in case you’re new to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Blog or in case you altogether missed them, here are the top 5 posts on containers from 2015:

  1. rkt, appc, and Docker: A Take on the Linux Container Upstream
  2. Architecting Containers Part 1: Why Understanding User Space vs. Kernel Space Matters
  3. What is Deep Container Inspection (DCI) and Why is it Important?
  4. Announcing “Yum + RPM for Containerized Applications” — Nulecule & Atomic App
  5. What’s Next for Containers? User Namespaces

We look forward to bringing you additional news and insights (on containers and more) as 2016 steams ahead – so – stay tuned.

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