Windows Server 2016 will give users two options to run containers: Windows Servers containers and Hyper-V containers. Instead of an abstraction layer, Windows Server containers share resources of the operating system kernel, while Hyper-V containers are hosted inside VMs at the hypervisor level.Docker containers so far have revolved primarily around Linux distributions, but containers could soon get a boost within Windows shops. Enterprise-ready Docker containers are among the enhanced storage features in Windows Server 2016, due for release in late September.Startups including Coho Data Inc., Datera Inc., HyperGrid Inc. (formerly Gridstore) and Zadara Storage have integrated orchestrated deployment of their storage for containers. And open source stealth entrants are emerging with claims that their tools will enable a transition for containers from ephemeral applications to persistent storage.“Containers are in the middle of a transition period,” Baltazar said. “A lot of the deployment so far has been using containers as ephemeral infrastructure. The biggest change has been the focus on persistent storage for holding the data. With persistence, if something in a container dies, you can bring it back and have it be in the right place.”Generally, IT admins who have coped with a sprawling virtual machine (VM) farm will find it much easier to manage Docker containers. Managing storage for containers has been another issue, though.Docker was conceived as a lightweight alternative to virtualization. A container is short-lived, spawned to execute a specific function and then delete itself once the task is completed. Development teams use containers to build and deploy distributed applications, sometimes running containers and virtual machines (VMs) side by side.“People like the fact that containers leave no trace afterward,” Baltazar said. “They provide a good way to kick up processes almost instantaneously. You could have hundreds of containers on a server, and as soon as the work is done, the container goes away and resources are freed up.”As the technology matures, enterprises are experimenting with containers in production. Companies in financial services and related industries spawn log-in containers to help verify online users, for example. Once user authentication is complete, the container gets zapped and consumed resources return to the grid.However, moving containerized data between nodes presents challenges. Whereas a VM can be moved in its entirety, a migrated container natively retains only an application’s logic, not its data. That is a huge challenge for providing storage for containers.“We are starting to see more and more organizations taking a look at how they can use containers,” he said. “There’s tremendous excitement by vendors, too. It’s rare for me to talk with a storage vendor that doesn’t have, or is planning to have, an offering for Docker.”“We consider the appliance to be commoditized,” Teymourian said. “We see the industry moving to completely isolated persistent storage that is mapped to containers running on machines, whether physical or virtual.”“When it comes to actual data persistence or state — no one who uses containers calls it storage — vendors have to consider a whole different set of semantics,” Bercovici said during a session at the Flash Memory Summit in August. “Once data gets to a highly containerized environment, there are different vocabularies and very different expectations on how to interact with the data.”Sharon Fisher – 21 Sep 2016 11:37 PM Seems like none too soon to add storage and security functionality to containers. I have to wonder, though, how much people are counting on EMC, what with the acquisition and all. Even if the project stays and the people aren’t laid off, how many of them are going to hang around? Add My Comment CancelSeems like none too soon to add storage and security functionality to containers. I have to wonder, though, how much people are counting on EMC, what with the acquisition and all. Even if the project stays and the people aren’t laid off, how many of them are going to hang around?These emerging container products are promising, but developers may still need to create a workaround to manage Docker containers. “It’s mostly just trying different things to see what works,” said Laurie Kepford, a cloud DevOps engineer at Irvine, Calif.-based Panoramic Software Inc.Two REX-Ray-related components this year further EMC’s container focus. The first is known as libStorage, billed as a common storage library for use by Docker and other container runtimes. 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