Last year, in my 2013 cloud predictions, I focused on Big Data and the rise of cloudy SSDs. And this year, those predictions became reality: in 2013 Rackspace launched new Performance Cloud Servers with SSD storage and businesses all over are enjoying the benefits of analyzing and getting true value out of critical data sets of all shapes and sizes. And it wasn’t just Rackspace; several other cloud providers followed suit with solid state storage-based offerings to keep up.
Developers have been buzzing lately about how virtualization containers can boost scale while lowering costs. We are big fans of containers and the ways that they simplify the deployment and management of cloud applications. We think the next step is containerizing and virtualizing the application, not just the machine.
There are a lot of good reasons to be excited about containers, a form of operating system-level virtualization with many applications. At Mailgun, we’re excited about containers for four major reasons:
The concept of virtualization makes cloud computing possible and plenty of people are familiar with machine-level virtualization hypervisors such as Xen, KVM and VMware. Machine-level virtualization is an intuitive abstraction level for a lot of enterprise computing workloads because it makes one server look like many servers. Yet there’s a growing interest in operating system-level virtualization and new projects are emerging to take advantage of the unique properties of this technology for cloud computing.