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'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

Chris Williams for The Register | January 27th, 2016

Some heralded Docker's acquisition of UK-based Unikernel Systems last week as the golden dawn of a post-container era. Others showed healthy skepticism. One person firmly in the latter camp is Bryan Cantrill, who typed up a long blog post on why he believes unikernels are "unfit" for production. Cantrill is chief technology officer of San Francisco-based Joyent, which builds software to manage containers across whole data centers. You might think the post was a cheeky pop at a rival technology… Read More ›

Unikernels Can’t be Debugged, Joyent’s Chief of Technology Argues

Joab Jackson for The New Stack | January 26th, 2016

Unikernels are unfit for production, charges the top technologist at cloud provider Joyent. They are complicated to deploy, dubious in matters of security, and are pretty much impossible to debug, wrote Bryan Cantrill, Joyent chief technology officer, in a blog post, Friday. As a result, they may not be, and may never be, ready for production workloads, he argued. Read More ›

Joyent: Unikernels may sound like a good idea, but they're unfit for production

Chris Talbot for FierceDevOps | January 26th, 2016

Last week's acquisition of Unikernel Systems by Docker piqued the interest of many (including mine), but not everyone is thrilled by the prospect of using unikernels in production. Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill, for instance, recently posted a blog in which he stated unikernels are unfit for production. Cantrill's argument is such that unikernels don't live up the hype of better performance, improved security and slimmed-down software. Quite the opposite, in fact. Cantrill instead stated that… Read More ›

InfoWorld's 2016 Technology of the Year Award winners

InfoWorld Staff for InfoWorld | January 20th, 2016

Joyent Triton. You’ve never heard of it before, right? However, if you want a manageable, container-oriented architecture that is production ready and proven today, Joyent is a name to know. Joyent is a company with an impressive technology portfolio, and Triton -- software for running Docker-compatible containers on bare metal -- is the cornerstone. Read More ›

Bryan Cantrill, Joyent: A Historical Perspective and the Future of Containers

Luke Lefler for The New Stack | January 20th, 2016

For this podcast, Bryan Cantrill assumed the role of historian and explained how technologies such as AJAX, JSON, COBRA and SOA contributed to the rise of monolithic systems. From this historical vantage, Cantrill discussed legacy providers and also how the idea of “microservices” is significantly older than the word itself. Cantrill also talked about creating optimal development environments for microservices, the CAP Theorem, and about the “Uber-ization” of software-driven enterprises. Read More ›


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