Sunday, May 25, 2014

Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Google is now running "everything" in its mammoth cloud on top of a potential open source successor to virtualization, paving the way for other companies to do the same.

Should VMware be worried? Probably not, but the tech pioneered by Google is making inroads into a certain class of technically sophisticated companies.

That tech is called Linux Containerization, and is the latest in a long line of innovations meant to make it easier to package up applications and sling them around data centers. It's not a new approach – see Solaris Zones, BSD Jails, Parallels, and so on – but Google has managed to popularize it enough that a small cottage industry is forming around it.

Google's involvement in the tech is significant because of the mind-boggling scale at which the search and ad giant operates, which in turn benefits the tech by stress-testing it.

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