As Patrick Chanezon, a member of Docker's technical staff, said, "I've been involved in many open-source projects and many standards like these in the past. I've been impressed that we gathered everybody and the work started right away, and the draft spec will be there six weeks after we announced it. I've never seen anything go as fast as this." As someone who's reported on many open-source projects and standard bodies, I've seldom seen a standardization effort go so fast either.
Containers are coming together on Internet time. That's because, as Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation's executive director, explained in his OSCon, keynote that "Containers will change the datacenter in the same way that shipping containers changed global trade. They will shift IT from a server view of the world to an application view of the world."
To make that happen, at a far faster pace than the 1970s transition to standardized shipping containers, "everyone wants a standard container format and reference runtime, which will enable portability across a wide variety of OSs, hardware, CPU architectures, private and public clouds."
It all sounds good, but in the halls of OSCon, some people weren't happy with the new container and container management, Kubernetes, framework.
While no one would go on record, a source close to Docker said, "First, we had to compromise on the container format, and now we had to trade down on container management." Another added, "Yes containers have been around for ages. Got it. But, we're not getting the credit we deserve."
Why not? Sources said that Docker insisted on this before they'd sign up on the partnership. Docker, it seems, had its own container management plans.
They're not the only ones who feel slighted. A person from Red Hat, grumbled, "After Google, we committed the most work to Kubernetes and we're not getting the credit."
Bad feelings aside, everyone realized that containers will end up being a billion dollar business and fundamental to data centers and clouds when all is said and done. Everyone also realizes that standardization is the only way they'll all get a slice of the eventual profit pie.
I strongly suspect that by the time OSCon rolls around in May 2016 in Austin, Texas, all the bad feelings will have been forgotten as everyone beavers away at keeping their customers happy with their container rollouts.