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Talking Containers, Virtualization, and Interop

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at Interop for the very first time. (I did some liveblogging while I was there; here’s a list of the liveblogs published from last year’s Interop.) Fortunately, I was invited back again this year (very excited about that!), and as a returning speaker I recently had the opportunity to do a podcast with Technology Advice about SDN, virtualization, containers, and Interop.

You can listen to a copy of the podcast here on SoundCloud.

Here are a few takeaways from my conversation on the podcast:

  • The term “SDN” is too much of a buzzword. Companies are applying the “SDN” term to everything from using a Linux-based network operating system (NOS) on their hardware to adding APIs to existing proprietary NOSes or providing virtual appliances of their software. As a result, it’s just become too vague.

  • Containers are a powerful tool. Containers—in the form of Docker containers, LXC/LXD, or CoreOS rkt—can offer real benefits in some use cases. That being said…

  • Containers are not the answer to every problem. This goes to the discussion I had on the podcast about “competing vs. complimentary” technologies. Containers can’t—and honestly shouldn’t try—to be the answer to all problems out there. Personally, I think one of the reasons Docker has been successful (so far) is due to their focus on workflow and making things easier for developers.

  • I’m pretty bullish on Interop. I really like and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle with experts from different technology tracks. Perhaps I’ll see you there?

Thanks to Interop and Technology Advice for the opportunity to participate on the podcast!

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