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 the same services they provide for containers.
UniK, a open source orchestration system for unikernels that is a useful tool in the cloud-native application space, handles the compilation of libraries and applications for running on a variety of cloud providers, manages their scheduling, and ensures their health. To provide users with a seamless PaaS experience, UniK is integrated with Docker, Kubernetes, and Cloud Foundry, as well as IoT-embedded devices and serverless (function, lambda) architectures. Idit Levine offers an introduction to unikernels and UniK and shares live demos of the technology at work.
Idit Levine is the CTO for the cloud management division at EMC and a member of its Global CTO office, where she focuses on management and orchestration (M&O) over the entire stack, microservices, cloud-native apps, and platforms as a service. Idit became fascinated with the cloud when she joined DynamicOps (vCAC, now part of VMware) as one of its first employees. She subsequently took part in developing Verizon Terremark’s next-generation public cloud and served as acting CTO at Intigua, a startup focused on container and management technology.
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