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Hyper is Docker Done the Right Way

Recently, I came across a new Containers as a Service (CaaS) offering called Hyper. After signing up and installing their CLI, I liked the overall workflow of managing containerized applications. Having extensively worked on containers, I feel that Hyper got many things right. In a way, this is how Docker should have been designed in the first place.

First things first, Hyper is not a replacement to Docker. It uses Docker images pulled from Docker Hub. But what’s most appealing is the way you launch containers without ever spinning up a VM to host the container.

Almost every CaaS deals with the creation of a cluster. Hyper lets you focus on containers without worrying about the size and configuration of the cluster. In other words, Hyper is attempting to do to containers what Amazon EC2 has done to servers. If EC2 is IaaS, Hyper is a true CaaS.

So, how is Hyper different from other offerings? Technically speaking, Hyper replaces the container runtime with the hypervisor. The Docker-compatible API that it exposes directly talks to the hypervisor instead of a container engine that runs within a host. This sounds similar to what VMware and Microsoft attempted with their hypervisor-based containerization strategy. The key difference with Hyper is that the container does not run on the host kernel. Instead, every container gets its own, independent, guest kernel. With this approach, the application running inside is perfectly isolated from the host as well as other containers.

Read the entire article at The New Stack.

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.