Industry Standardizing on Containers with Open Container Project

* Update: the foundation has decided to rename from Open Container Project (OCP) to Open Container Initiative (OCI)

 

“Open” is not just providing open source software. It’s also, and perhaps more importantly, about open standards, enabling the community to converge on one single path and work together on improving it. The absence of such agreement drives the community to wars for domination, especially in emerging fields. We see that with the Internet of Things, with cloud computing and network virtualization.

The containers community, headed by Docker, was no different. Docker’s success drew the attention of every major player, including every major player in the cloud and DevOps world, and created competing standards which threatened to draw everyone into battles for domination. But there’s good news. This week at DockerCon 2015 these players joined forces to form the Open Container Project (OCP).  The new governance body, formed under The Linux Foundation, aims to create standards around container format and runtime. And though under Linux Foundation governance, it certainly targets other operating systems, with Microsoft pushing Windows.

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The Open Container Project has all major cloud players, including Amazon, Google (which promotes Kubernetes), Microsoft, HP, IBM. It also has players in the DevOps scene such as Docker itself and CoreOS (which offers a prominent competing container called appc), Mesosphere, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and VMware/EMC.

Seems Docker will be leading the path, writing the first draft of the format specification and using Docker’s implementation as baseline. Docker’s first contribution is runC, which is already available on the project’s GitHub page. But that’s only the beginning. The true test will be the adoption within enterprises, which have been struggling in adopting the technology.

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