When we see industry shifts with a new technology, the second wave of the shift comes with partnerships. Embracing new technology among partners is a nod to the validity of the solution, and definitely increases the velocity of adoption. We've been seeing some real excitement around CoreOS lately with good reason. The container ecosystem is becoming hotter by the day and the thin, agile delivery of CoreOS as a platform is ripe for the picking as companies embrace containers and microservices architectures.
Google and CoreOS
It is an exciting day when you get to talk about partnering with Google on a project, and I think that I shared Alex Polvi's enthusiasm as I read about the news that Google was backing the open source project and adding it to part of its own portfolio of services that will drive Google products.
I don't think that we've signaled the end to Docker by any stretch, but what this does show is that there are lots of alternatives being looked at, and container standards could be the next beta versus VHS as we head into an active year in 2015 around the technology.
Along came Intel and the Tectonic Shift
CoreOS has previewed their Tectonic stack in a beta program for a few weeks which was geared towards the folks who wanted to have the orchestration capability of Kubernetes, the agile features of CoreOS, and the ability to spawn container-friendly environments. Not only was the product made to do this, but the GUI dashboards have been something that has not been a traditional offering in these sorts of products up to this point.
It got even more exciting when Nick Weaver of the SDI-X group at Intel announced the Tectonic stack on Supermicro hardware that Intel is looking to feature as a major player in data centers.
One of the greatest drivers for adoption is the ability to purchase a product as a single SKU, or a pre-configured configuration so that we can simply order, receive, and deploy without mucking around with a lot of physical and logical configuration. This is why reference architectures are such an important piece of what we see as vendors partner together. Knowing what a proven configuration is, and the have a predictable scale-out capability will be a leading factor as organizations look towards forward-thinking architectures like what CoreOS and Tectonic have to offer.
We can be sure that we haven't seen the last of the partnership announcements with CoreOS. As we head into the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, and VMworld is only a short while away, there is a good chance that we will see the CoreOS logo on a lot of booth literature and driving more people closer to bringing containers and microservice architectures into their IT portfolio in the near future.