17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

Unik: A platform for automating unikernel compilation and deployment

Idit Levine (solo.io)
16:05–16:45 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Location: Sandringham Level: Intermediate
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • General familiarity with the software stack: operating system, hypervisor, etc.

What you'll learn

  • Understand the advantages of unikernels—security, efficiency, and tiny size—and their disadvantages
  • Learn how to use Unik to get the benefit of unikernels with the ease of using Linux containers


Unikernels, executable images that can run natively on a hypervisor without the need for a separate operating system, are rapidly gaining momentum. To integrate unikernels into the ecosystem, cloud-computing platforms as a service have to provide unikernels with the same services they provide for containers.

Idit Levine explores Unik, a open source orchestration system for unikernels that is a useful tool in the cloud-native application space. Unik handles the compilation of libraries and applications for running on verity of cloud providers, manages their scheduling, and ensures their health. To provide the user with a seamless PaaS experience, Unik is integrated as a backend to Docker, Kubernetes, and Cloud Foundry runtime.

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Idit Levine


Idit Levine is the founder and CEO of solo.io, a Boston-based startup whose mission is to streamline the cloud stack. Solo recently released Squash, an open source platform for debugging microservices applications. Idit has been in the cloud management space for 12 years, working at both enterprise and startup companies. Previously, she was the CTO of the Cloud Management Division at EMC and a member of its global CTO Office, where she and her team introduced successful open source projects for automating unikernels (UniK) and for cross-cluster scheduling (layer-x).

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Venkat Bhimireddy
18/10/2016 17:47 BST

Idit, Thanks for the efforts put on some thing you believed. And I feel this is amazing and I would like to follow things how it progress related to Unik kernal.