Monday, June 13, 2016

Cloud Infrastructure: Micro OSes for Containers

The ultimate goal is to run applications on top of containers. So we can remove all unnecessary packages and services that do not help running containers from the Host OS. Keeping that in mind, different vendors have different specialized OSes to run just containers.

Specialized OSes, referred to as Micro OSes, contain only packages that are required to boot the base OS and run container-related services. Examples of Miro OSes are:

  • Atomic Host 
  • CoreOS
  • RancherOS 
  • Ubuntu Snappy 
  • VMware Photon
  • Microsoft Nano

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