Kontena Joins Open Container
February 9, 2018
has become a member of the Open Container Initiative (OCI) to further
the adoption of container technologies. OCI is run by the Linux
Foundation with the goal of creating open industry specifications around
container formats and runtime.
Miska Kaipiainen, chief executive officer and co-founder, Kontena, said:
“We are excited to become a member of the Open Container Initiative. We
have always believed in and been part of the open source community and
feel that OCI plays a very important role in keeping the container
ecosystem open and progressive.”
Kontena sees the OCI as the most important body in the container
ecosystem driving vendor neutrality, standardization and making this
amazing technology more accessible globally. Just like many other
companies working with containers, they are strong believers in open
source, open APIs and open ecosystems in general. Kontena wants to be
part of OCI to contribute to its mission to help not only its members,
but everybody else in this industry, in being successful.
Chris Aniszczyk, executive director, OCI, said: “We are honored to have
Kontena, an innovative container platform, join OCI to help aid
portability and standardization through our mutual work around
accessible and open standards and specifications.”
As the uptake of containers is constantly increasing, Kontena plans to
take an active part in drafting the OCI specifications and charters
while actively promoting OCI to its user base. They are most looking
forward to the vendor neutrality and increased velocity for developing
runtimes that are based on open standards as part of their OCI
"We want to incorporate and support the runtime spec in our Kontena
Platform open source project via runC and containerd. We also want to
support the image spec in our own hosted image registry service in the
near future," Kaipiainen also said.
These specifications will provide Kontena's users with the confidence to
get started with containers while having the promise of no vendor
lock-in. In addition, these specifications have stabilized some of the
core technology components used by Kontena.
Develop and package once, distribute, deploy and run anywhere; that's
the magic and it's reality when you use runtimes and images based on OCI
specs. Kontena predicts that more vendors will be bringing out runtimes
that do their own magic that benefits their specific end users. "We've
always been believers in the container market not being a 'one solution
for all' type of situation but instead, there are a multitude of users,
use cases, and specifically needs, all that no one solution can
singlehandedly meet," exclaimed Kapiainen. Open APIs and standards will
enable more vendors to build meaningful solutions that will then benefit
the end user as more choice and less lock-in through easier
interchangeability of components.
Being an open source project itself, Kontena’s developer friendly
container and microservices platform benefits from many other open
source projects and would not exist without open APIs. Due to its ease
of use, the Kontena Cloud Platform is currently used in production by
numerous organizations around the world, ranging from start-ups to large
organizations such as Harvard University, Anthill Agency, Leonidas,
Bunch, and Ally Commerce, powering tens of thousands of containers in
hosted offering, Kontena Cloud, is the ultimate, easiest way to run
Linux containers in production. It is available via an easy to consume
monthly subscription, beginning with the Mini platform, which is very
competitively priced and a good option for testing and development,
through to the Standard platform which is a highly available version,
set-up across several availability zones and with system database
replication. You can also take advantage of Kontena Cloud Compute nodes,
both for production workloads and for flexibility with any quick testing
or prototyping, as well as Kontena's hosted Image Registry to store and
distribute your container images.
In Kontena's opinion, the OCI has already shown its capability to create
solid standards and specifications for the industry that is moving at
the speed of light. This work has already resulted in amazing results
through increased interoperability, recognition and adoption. However,
it is still very early on and there are still so many things to be done.
The work will be done only once all compute is happening in containers.
"Until then, let's keep on working to ensure open standards,
interoperability and vendor neutrality," said Kaipiainen.