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If Containers Are The New VMs, Hyper Aims To Be The New IaaS

Containers are leading us into the third wave of computing where the fundamental unit of computing is shifting from virtual machines to containers. With the core infrastructure including hypervisors, operating systems, and management software getting optimized for containers, the next generation of web-scale, cloud-native applications will be running in containerized environments. Key players of this ecosystem – hypervisor vendors, OS software vendors, and infrastructure providers – are getting ready to deal with this transformation.

Riding high on this new wave of computing model is Hyper, a New York-based startup that’s attempting to disrupt the IaaS market with rapid provisioning of containers in the public cloud. Hyper’s uniqueness lies in its hypervisor that is tailor-made for containers. Dubbed as HyperContainer, this open source project aims at converging VMs and containers. While promising the speed and agility of containers with the security and isolation of VMs, customers get best of both worlds. HyperContainer eliminates the need of running an OS only for hosting containers. Instead, it contains the core of OS integrated with the hypervisor, which reduces the overhead involved in dealing with multiple layers.

Hyper’s public cloud is based on bare metal infrastructure and HyperContainer. Developers can launch containers running within dedicated VMs in just a few seconds. Thanks to its compatibility with Docker, developers can launch container images stored in Docker Hub by following the same workflow of deploying and managing containers in their development environment. When I first encountered Hyper, I felt that it was Docker done the right way.

Read the entire article at Forbes

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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.