Standards are coming for containers

A list of leading cloud, storage and virtualization companies are backing a new effort named the Open Container Project, which aims to create a set of standards for the fast-growing technology.

Containers have swept across the technology industry in the past year as a way for application developers to host code in operating system-level virtualization.

Containers can run on bare-metal servers or in virtual machines and have garnered much attention because of their potential to be portable across those environments. To achieve true portability, though, there needs to be some standards that vendors agree upon to define a container. The Open Container Project will attempt to make and govern those standards.

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