Two dozen companies joined hands with Google as the company launched the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
Some of the biggest names in the industry have become a part of this, including but not limited to AT&T, Box, Cisco, the Cloud Foundry Foundation, CoreOS, Docker, eBay, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Red Hat, Twitter, and VMware.
These companies are all from diverse fields of operations and are amongst the top names in their sectors.
The biggest absences from these names however are those of two major players in the world – that of Microsoft and Amazon.
These absences are not being commented upon by either of the companies, as both of them are busy with major campaigns.
While Microsoft focuses on releasing Windows 10 OS as their biggest step towards the future, Amazon is busy with worldwide expansions and has been focusing a lot on India off late.
The timing of this is however, coinciding with Google’s launch of Kubernetes, which is expected to be announced in the OSCON Conference in Portland, Oregon.
According to fortune, “Kubernetes is Google’s way of dynamically scheduling lots and lots of application containers on a huge scale.
With the foundation, Google and its new best friends say they want to apply that model to enterprises that may be very large compared to everything except say Google, Facebook, or Amazon Web Services.
AWS last year announced its own container management services, which has nothing to do with Kubernetes, but seeing as how AWS is the largest public cloud provider (by far), one could view Google’s effort here as a way to ensure that its container management model is propagated.
In an interview in advance of the news, Craig McLuckie, the Google product manager leading this charge, told Fortune: “We don’t want a solution that only works with public cloud, we want no sense of lock-in.””
Heading forward into the future, the use of containers is seen as an efficient alternative to the virtual machine approach.
It is especially useful for time-sensitive compute-intensive tasks, said Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing, another foundation member. “Container technology gives you a virtual machine without the boot-up time.
So you can have different apps with different requirements all running inside a container in seconds vs. booting up different VMS which takes longer.
“Kubernetes combined with Docker enables the microwave for computation—you no longer have to wait 45 minutes for your casserole,” he said.