What Are Containers and Why

What Are Containers and Why Do We Need Them?

Containers have been around since the early 2000s and architected into Linux in 2007. Due to containers’ small footprint and portability, the same hardware can support an exponentially larger number of containers ...
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VMs, Serverless, LXC and Beyond: What is the Opposite of Docker?

VMs, Serverless, LXC and Beyond: What is the Opposite of Docker?

You know what Docker is. But what is Docker not? What is the opposite of Docker? There are several ways to think about that question, all of which help to highlight Docker’s ...
Docker as the New Status Symbol (Or, Why Everyone Loves Docker)

Docker as the New Status Symbol (Or, Why Everyone Loves Docker)

Why is Docker so popular? The technical advantages of containers have a lot to do with it. However, part of the answer is also cultural: Docker is a status symbol that companies ...
Jails, LXC and Beyond: Container Platform Round-Up

Jails, LXC and Beyond: Container Platform Round-Up

You know Docker. But do you know all of the other container platforms out there? Here’s the long list of container frameworks worth knowing about today, from LXC and OpenVZ to rkt ...
Why Did Docker Triumph Over Other Platforms?

Why Did Docker Triumph Over Other Platforms?

Today, Docker is virtually synonymous with containers in the minds of many people. That’s because Docker has established a huge lead over alternative container platforms such as LXC and OpenVZ. Why? Keep ...
What's the Future of LXC, Docker's Semi-Forgotten Stepmother?

What’s the Future of LXC, Docker’s Semi-Forgotten Stepmother?

Is there still a future for LXC, the Linux container framework that predated Docker? Maybe—but probably not in a way that involves it competing directly with Docker as an application container solution ...
The 5 Killer Features that Set Docker Apart

The 5 Killer Features that Set Docker Apart

Why did Docker containers become so popular? To understand the answer, you have to identify Docker’s killer features — the ones that set Docker apart from other container frameworks, as well as ...
What's Next for Docker Inc.?

What’s Next for Docker Inc.?

Docker has evolved in little more than four years from a half-baked technology that only geeks could love to a complete platform that attracts millions of dollars in investment. And that begs ...
Understanding Why Docker is So Popular

Understanding Why Docker is So Popular

Docker containers have become a massively popular technology. But Docker is by no means the only or the oldest container platform. That begs the questions: Why Docker? What made Docker stand out ...
Container Security: Why Bother?

Container Security: Why Bother?

Are containers secure? Probably not. But knowing each approach’s strengths and risks—and available options—could help ease adoption. Such a decision requires two primary considerations: Containers do not provide the same level of ...
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