What is the potential for containers in dynamic interactions?

Containers, a virtualization method for deploying and running software apps, represent another step on the path toward bringing development together. However, containers also open up a lot of interesting use cases thanks to their ease of integration and removal. The open-source community is still discovering new uses for container technology.

“Containers have made the kernel hot again in a lot of ways,” said Scott McCarty (pictured), technical product marketing, containers, at Red Hat Inc.

McCarty spoke to Stu Miniman (@stu) and James Kobielus (@jameskobielus), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s mobile live-streaming studio, during DockerCon17 in Austin, Texas, about the container community. (*Disclosure below.)

Portability is prime

The common use cases for containers have show a certain disconnect in that the industry has been focused on application development. However, a large portion of the container market deals with legacy use cases. McCarty gave an example of a network scanning tool; with containers, the tool could easily be run on the network without having to build anything around it. Likewise, it was just as easy to remove.

Another concern was the integration points between cloud and stack — the network interactions. While the networking might be mature, the interactions are less so, he explained. Containers could allow for more dynamic interactions between the network and stack.

“I’d like to see more of that dynamic provisioning happening,” McCarty stated.

On the topic of open source, community was the focus. Ecosystems are harder to build than people think, and a truly open-source community takes a lot of love and care, McCarty said. Above that, a community-driven open-source model is even harder to handle because it needs community consensus.

Red Hat also recently announced a development with its Atomic image product. The company looked at how people use containers and built an image with an eye toward the idea that size matters. The goal was to balance the size of the image against how flexible it is. Atomic Image aims for the minimum-sized container for any given application, McCarty concluded.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s independent editorial coverage of DockerCon US 2017 Austin. (*Disclosure: Rat Hat Inc. sponsors some DockerCon segments on SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE. Neither Red Hat nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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