Red Hat Hits Great Milestone on Open Container Initiative

2017-09-15

Red Hat’s vice president and chief technologist, Chris Wright, has commented on the Open Container Initiative (OCI). OCI launched Version 1.0 in July for container runtime and image specifications.

It has taken two years to get to this stage after being set the aim of creating specifications that would deliver container portability across a range of different operating systems and platforms. Based on what he has seen so far, Chris Wright is pleased with the results.

“We had some initial code associated with those specifications as part of the OCI project and expectations that we’d get further adoptions from other parts of the ecosystem, and we’re seeing the evidence of that happening today… It’s a great milestone.”

Wright made the comments during the Open Source Summit in Los Angeles.

Red Hat has recognised that there is a major need for container standards so containerised images can have greater functionality. OCI was set up to give developers greater confidence to develop tools to suit standards-compliant environments.

Wright went on to say: “We’re working in major industry trends at this point, and containers are a huge part of the industry… Ease of use and the ability to move quickly is a big driving force behind the container space.”

The interest in containers is, in part, being driven by enterprise interest in serverless computing. “The container environment is a great place to host the runtime that’s supporting the serverless environment,” Wright explained. “There’s a server involved, but you’re just not managing it as the application developer.”

Red Hat Enterprise Linux has developed a range of elements that offer scalability using distributed computing and this is a major concern for the company as it works with developers. However, it is also finding it to be a tricky technology to get right.

“One of the things we’re trying to do is make distributed systems accessible to the broad enterprise developer population,” Wright said. “It’s a challenging space to work in.”

What we know for sure is that this is the beginning of a very exciting development that will impact the way companies work in the future.