CoreOS shoots a ROCKET at Docker

Polvi: Rocket launch explosion.


Docker, a platform designed to run distributed application 'containers' -- may be getting too complex. Well, according to CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi anyway. Yesterday, Polvi introduced a competing project known as Rocket, intended to help simplify this container situation.

But that's not all. Polvi's perceived shortcomings of Docker, contained in the Rocket announcement, induced Docker CEO Ben Golub to write a bloggy response of his own.

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Citing concerns around Docker's security model and its increasingly complex supporting platform, CoreOS is developing Rocket, an alternative to the open-source container technology.

One of the chief issues that CoreOS has had with Docker is that the scope of the technology seems to be sprawling.  MORE

Strong with the force, Brandon Butler is:

CoreOS announced that it has released...a Docker competitor named Rocket. And so the container wars have begun.

Rocket will have an uphill battle to start with. Docker already has partnerships with many big tech vendors, from Red Hat to Google, Amazon, VMware and Microsoft.  MORE

Alex Polvi shoots a salvo of rockets at Docker:

We still believe in the...premise of containers that Docker introduced, so we are doing something about it. While we are at it, we are...fixing a few things that we'd like to see in a production ready container.

From a security and composability perspective, the Docker process fundamentally flawed. To "fix" Docker would essentially mean a rewrite of the project, while inheriting all the baggage of the existing implementation.  MORE

Responding to the airstrike, Ben Golub flips a lid:

Different people have different views of how open source projects should develop.

[Some have expressed concern] that, as Docker expands its scope, there may be less room for them to create differentiated, value-added offerings. In some cases, these vendors want to for their particular infrastructure or offerings, and do not welcome the notion of portability.

While we disagree with some of the arguments and questionable rhetoric and timing of the Rocket announcement, we hope that we can all continue to be guided by what is best for users and developers.  MORE

The clever Ben Kepes looks outside the container:

I see a couple of big vendors behind the scenes in this news. Both Google and Pivotal had a lot to lose by Docker's increasing momentum and I suspect there are some backroom deals to give CoreOS the confidence to go out on this limb. An early stage company...doesn't make an announcement like this without the confidence that comes from deep-pocketed vendors standing in the wings.  MORE

Meanwhile, @cloud_opinion gives peace a chance:

The first one to demo a Rocket as a Docker container will win [a retweet] from me.  MORE


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