The goal: combine the speed and small footprint of containers with the proven track record of hypervisor VMs.
TL;DR: Containers are taking the virtualization world by storm, but most analysts see the technology complementing and integrating with the traditional hypervisor virtual machine model rather than replacing it. The first steps are already being taken to merge the performance benefits of containers with the manageability and security of hypervisor VMs.
With the possible exception of Hollywood, there’s no hype like tech hype. And lately much of the tech hype has centered on containers, which many pundits and press types praise as the cure for everything from server overload to psoriasis.
Eventually all the hot air surrounding container technology will blow away and IT will be left with an innovative approach to server virtualization that blends with rather than replaces existing methods. Even though containers have been around since before the 2011 introduction of the open-source Docker technology (now seen as a milestone in the industry), containers’ impact on cloud services in particular is expected to continue to rise at a steep trajectory.
Where does that leave hypervisor-based virtual machines? As evident by VMWare’s recent release of VSphere 6.0, the more traditional virtualization architecture still has plenty to offer. Silicon Angle’s Maria Deutscher reports in a