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AT&T, Oracle, Twitter, Verizon And Others Join The Open Container Initiative

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After CoreOS shook hands with docker to bring the Open Container Initiative to life, we had our hopes high for the project which sought to establish common standards for software containers. And with support from the likes of Google, Facebook and others, it was a sure shot project.

The project has gotten a further boost now, thanks to the fact that 14 new members, including names like AT&T, ClusterHQ,Oracle, Twitter and Verizon, have joined the already formidable ensemble on board, that included giants such as container giants such as CoreOS, Docker, Intel, Mesosphere, Red Hat and others. The announcement was made by Linux Foundation’s executive director Jim Zemlin, speaking at the OSCON, talking about ‘rapid growth’ and the signing of a draft charter.

Speaking on the topic and on the importance of corporations pitching in the project, Jim Zemlin said,

The overwhelming interest in the Open Container Initiative is representative of both the opportunity containers offer for application development and the challenges we face with fragmentation, With such strong community support and collaboration, we’re confident this effort will rise to the opportunity.

David Messina, Docker’s VP of enterprise marketing, was also quite pleased with the developments — more so with the fact that Oracle had also joined in — telling TechCrunch in an interview that that “the group of OCI backers now includes a good blend of large players, smaller companies and users”,  adding that a greater number of distributions, monitoring companies and large enterprises abroad, will all make for an improved, final product, with everyone contributing their bit to make it better.

The draft, which is still in its initial stage and is meant for review by members, left no doubts as to the open nature of the venture, stating that

The Open Container Initiative provides an open source, technical community, within which industry participants may easily contribute to building a vendor-neutral, portable and open specification and runtime that deliver on the promise of containers as a source of application portability backed by a certification program.

This addition of new companies to the Open Container Project comes at a time when Google too just recently open-sourced its container cluster management framework, Kubernetes, under the Linux Foundation. Kubernetes is now a part of a new Linux Foundation project for containers, called the Cloud native Computing Foundation.

Well, with technology’s biggest names collaborating (still no sighs of Amazon, Microsoft though), things can hardly go wrong. If all goes well, the project may soon realize its goal of designing a common standard around containers and related tools and also facilitate container portability in the process.


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