Containers saw a year of massive hype in 2015. Dozens of vendors rushed in with piecemeal solutions for the stack, leaving customers with the task of figuring out how it all fits together. As we enter the new year, this “land grab” mentality still serves as a barrier to adoption. All groundbreaking technologies experience some sort of hype cycle. But the innovation and adoption that comes with the hype precipitates a “disillusionment trough.” More specifically, many organizations may opt to wait out the hype, causing a dip in adoption.
Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill explains why the “wait it out” mentality won’t last long and reveals what’s on the other side of the “trough”—stabilization, consensus, and an unlocking of innovation. Bryan discusses why interoperability must become a bigger concern in 2016 and why we’ll see better definition of interface boundaries. If we can avoid overcorrection, we’ll get there.
Bryan Cantrill is the CTO at Joyent, where he oversees worldwide development of the SmartOS and SmartDataCenter platforms and the Node.js platform. Prior to joining Joyent, Bryan served as a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, where he spent over a decade working on system software, from the guts of the kernel to client code on the browser. In particular, he codesigned and implemented DTrace, a facility for dynamic instrumentation of production systems that won the Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovation Award in 2006 and the USENIX Software Tools User Group Award in 2008. Bryan also cofounded the Fishworks group at Sun, where he designed and implemented the DTrace-based analytics facility for the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances. Bryan received an ScB magna cum laude with honors in computer science from Brown University.
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