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OCP Seeks Open Ecosystem

By Tim Clark

Seeking to stave off technical fragmentation in the budding containers market, a group of major players today (6/22/15) unveiled the Open Container Project (OCP) to create standards around container formats and runtime.  The standards effort, to be housed under the Linux Foundation, is designed as a major step toward an open container ecosystem. (See press release here.)

The project initially enlisted Amazon Web Services, Docker, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Intel, Linux Foundation, Mesosphere, Microsoft, Rancher, Red Hat, VMware and others. Also joining OCP were Apcera, Cisco, CoreOS, Fujitsu Limited, HP, Huawei, Joyent and Pivotal.

The OCP’s mission is to enable users and companies to innovate and develop container-based solutions, with confidence that their pre-existing development efforts will be protected.  As part of this initiative, Docker will donate the code for its software container format and its runtime, as well as the associated specifications.

Guiding principles for OCP standards  include:

  • Not be bound to higher-level constructs such as a particular client or orchestration stack.
  • Not be tightly associated with any particular commercial vendor or project and be portable across a wide variety of operating systems, CPU architectures and public clouds.