CoreOS Brings Containers to the Forefront for OpenStack

CoreOS inserts OpenStack into the realm of containers using Tectonic and Kubernetes. 

By Frank Ohlhorst | Posted May 2, 2016
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One thing is certain, OpenStack is gaining momentum in the cloud ecosystem, as was evidenced by the huge turnout at the OpenStack Summit in Austin Texas. While many of the presentations and announcements were delivered to woo the more than 7,000 developers attending the conference, there were some presentations that stood head and shoulders above the rest, illustrating the true power of an OpenStack environment.

Case in point was CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi’s bold move to conduct a live demo of an OpenStack implementation within a container managed by Kubernetes, Google’s container management platform. Long story short, Polvi was successful and the demo ran without a hitch, glitch or other problems, showing the true potential of a mashup of CoreOS, Kubernetes, containers and OpenStack.

The benefits of the technologies mashup, called Stackanetes, are numerous and illuminate a world where OpenStack can be deployed as a self-healing, auto-updating cloud stack that functions in real time, bringing dynamic management and painless upgrading to the OpenStack platform.

These capabilities matter a great deal in today’s dynamic cloud environments, where vulnerabilities are discovered almost daily and constant patching and updating is required to stay ahead of the millions of attacks happening on a daily basis. According to Polvi, CoreOS has its roots in the ideology of securing the web and reducing the likelihood that vulnerabilities will rear their ugly heads in production.

CoreOS leverages its own Tectonic stack, which is designed for deploying production containers and implements the Kubernetes cluster management platform to bring tools to deploy, manage, monitor and measure container based applications. Stackanetes, which will be available shortly on GitHub, brings specific functionality to OpenStack powered clouds.

For example, Stackanetes under Tectonic will enable:

  • The ability to more easily scale OpenStack IaaS, with improved resiliency and operational performance.
  • A single, unified platform for managing both container and IaaS workloads
  • Simplified lifecycles, with OpenStack services patched and upgraded using slipstream ideologies in real time, without service interruptions.

Simply put, the CoreOS offering of Stackanetes brings OpenStack closer to the ideologies of hyperscale and security benefits to those looking for alternatives to closed large scale IaaS implementations. Amazon, Azure and others should take note.

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