Container technology as an important building block for efficient virtualization
Cologne 03/31/20. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), founded in 2015 as a project of the Linux Foundation, has set itself the goal of advancing the so-called container technology in cloud application development. Today, a total of 560 companies are actively involved in the further development with their respective know-how. These include big names such as Amazon, Google, IBM, SAP and Salesforce. CNCF has now announced the most recent additions to the list of new companies such as Twitter, Ubisoft and 1NCE.
Mobile connectivity for the Internet of Things: Simple, reliable and above all affordable. With this message and an unprecedented pricing model, 1NCE has shaken up the market: An IoT Flatrate for a one-time fee of only 10 Euro for 10 years. No further additional costs. Only those who concentrate on the essentials can do this: A simple product, a clear focus on IoT and technically realized with a completely cloud-based network technology. 1NCE is therefore Cloud Native. In order to keep up with cutting-edge technologies, 1NCE has now joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation based in San Francisco, California.
1NCE is the first fully-fledged IoT network operator to offer mobile IoT connectivity in more than 100 countries worldwide, using a fully virtualized network platform. Therefore, there is no need to manage own costly data centers or servers. The platform is specifically designed for the needs of applications in the Internet of Things and is highly scalable. To make this virtualization even more efficient, 1NCE uses container technology.
To provide, manage and scale the systems in the form of container applications, primarily Kubernetes is used, an open source system originally developed by Google and later handed over to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The orchestration of the applications via Kubernetes is supported by leading cloud platforms such as AWS or Azure. For 1NCE this leads to a significant simplification of workflows in development and productive operation.
The term container, or container technology, came to the public eye in 2013 through the Docker project, an open source software that allows applications to run isolated in so-called containers, similar to virtualized operating systems. The advantage: applications can be deployed much more easily. The allocation of resources is also optimized. For example, a container can never access the resources of another container on a computer.
Since containers, unlike virtual machines, do not have their own operating system, they are much leaner. A virtual machine that includes a complete operating system is more complex and produces quite a large overhead. Containers therefore start much faster and use much less resources than classic virtual machines. Moreover, containers are easier to scale. So they can better adapt to the respective requirements.
As a CNCF member, 1NCE benefits from the direct exchange of know-how and experience of the many other members. One focus is certainly the exchange of experience with other participating telecommunications companies within the respective CNCF working groups. The membership also enables 1NCE to actively participate in the further development of the container technology. In so doing, the company ensures that state-of-the-art technologies are always available for all customers and that it can act on the market in a sustainable manner in the long term.