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Docker 1.0 the beginning of the end for virtualization?

Docker continues to steal the cloud spotlight with its latest lightweight release, but what does it mean for the future of heavyweight virtualization?

Docker has rapidly become a showstopper in the world of cloud computing. The San Francisco-based open source program recently released Docker 1.0, making it production-ready. With cloud providers such as Google, IBM and Red Hat -- among others -- showing support and using its technology, it's safe to say that Docker is here to stay. Or is it?

David Linthicum spoke with Mike Lingo, CTO of Jacksonville, Florida-based Astadia. The conversation featured a discussion on Docker 1.0, whether Docker could sustain all of its major traction and the impact it will have on virtualization. "We're going back to square one in many ways, as it relates to the ability to host and virtualize in a more simplistic and constrained environment," Lingo said. The other topics on the agenda include:

  1. What does the future look like for Docker? "You would have thought it was the beginning of the universe in many definitions," Linthicum said. Will Docker ever lose momentum? What are the other enhanced features for Docker 1.0? What challenges are created? Is Docker changing the culture of IT? How does Docker compare to heavyweight virtualization? Is IT heading in a simpler direction to avoid overloading in technology?
  2. HP has announced that it will use a network of service providers to give Helion network scale. Linthicum believes this isn't good news for HP. "It seems like they've raised the flag of surrender around being a genuine competitor for Google, Amazon and even Microsoft," Lingo said. What does this mean for the other major providers? What does this mean for the future of HP?
  3. IBM has joined the fray of major providers -- such as Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft -- in building new data centers for government cloud. Is this good for IBM? Is this a sign of things to come? What will the security requirements be for government cloud? Can AWS continue its press forward for the government cloud? Who will challenge AWS most along the way?

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This was first published in June 2014

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