Build­ing se­cure con­tainer in­fra­struc­ture with Kata Con­tain­ers

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The OpenS­tack Foun­da­tion has an­nounced a new open source pro­ject—Kata Con­tain­ers, which aims to unite the se­cu­rity ad­van­tages of virtual ma­chines (VMs) with the speed and man­age­abil­ity of con­tainer tech­nolo­gies. The pro­ject is de­signed to be hard­ware ag­nos­tic and com­pat­i­ble with Open Con­tainer Ini­tia­tive (OCI) spec­i­fi­ca­tions, as well as the con­tainer run­time in­ter­face (CRI) for Ku­ber­netes.

In­tel is con­tribut­ing its open source In­tel Clear Con­tain­ers pro­ject and Hy­per is con­tribut­ing its runV tech­nol­ogy to ini­ti­ate the pro­ject. Be­sides In­tel and Hy­per, 99cloud, AW­cloud, Canon­i­cal, China Mo­bile, City Net­work, CoreOS, Dell/EMC, EasyS­tack, Fiber­home, Google, Huawei,, Mi­ran­tis, NetApp, Red

Hat, SUSE, Ten­cent, Ucloud, Unit­edS­tack, and ZTE are also sup­port­ing the pro­ject’s launch.

The Kata Con­tain­ers pro­ject will ini­tially com­prise six com­po­nents, which in­clude the agent, run­time, proxy, Shim, ker­nel and pack­ag­ing of QEMU 2.9. It is de­signed to be ar­chi­tec­ture ag­nos­tic and to run on mul­ti­ple hy­per­vi­sors. Kata Con­tain­ers of­fers the abil­ity to run con­tainer man­age­ment tools di­rectly on bare metal.

“The Kata Con­tain­ers Pro­ject is an ex­cit­ing addition to the OpenS­tack Foun­da­tion fam­ily of projects. Lighter, faster, more se­cure VM tech­nol­ogy fits per­fectly into the OpenS­tack Foun­da­tion fam­ily and aligns well with Canon­i­cal’s data cen­tre ef­fi­ciency ini­tia­tives. Like Clear Con­tain­ers and Hy­ pre­vi­ously, Kata Con­tainer users will find their hy­per­vi­sor and guests well sup­ported on Ubuntu,” said Dustin Kirk­land, vice pres­i­dent, prod­uct, Canon­i­cal.

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