A container runtime is a lower level component typically used in a Container Engine but can also be used by hand for testing. The Open Containers Initiative (OCI) Runtime Standard reference implementation is runc. This is the most widely used container runtime, but there are others OCI compliant runtimes, such as crun, railcar, and katacontainers. Docker, CRI-O, and many other Container Engines rely on runc.
What This is a quick article to pull together the entire picture of Podman and CRI-O with the releases of RHEL 8 and OpenShift Container Platform 4. In a nutshell, you get Podman with RHEL in a single node use case (orchestrate yourself) and CRI-O as part of the highly automated OpenShift 4 software stack.
So, What Does a Container Engine Really Do Anyway?
It only takes a couple of quick google searches to realize that people have no idea what a container engine is. That’s understandable because It was a completely new concept back in 2013. Plenty of good people have tried and failed – see WTF is a Container (not deep enough) or What is Docker and why
Container Engines are like wheel bearings, you should be able to replace them when they stop working. Also, you shouldn’t have to care about what brand they are. That’s what the Kubernetes Container Runtime Interface (CRI) aims to solve. CRI defines the API used to talk to container engines and all the major container engines
What is sVirt and How Does it Isolate Linux Containers?
Background What is sVirt and, why does it matter for your containers? The short answer is, because sVirt is another layer of security and defense in depth is a good approach to security. The longer answer is, sVirt dynamically generates an SELinux label for every single one of your containers, which makes them less likely
Competition Heats Up Between CRI-O and containerd – Actually, That’s Not a Thing…
Are you looking at CRI-O vs. contianerd and wondering to yourself, which one should I use? If you are…. DON’T – that’s not actually something you should be thinking about. Here’s why…. When it comes to containers there are a ton of APIs in the ecosystem. Different users, community projects and commercial products have made
The Paths Forward In Container Portability: Part2: Code Portability Today, we discussed how there are no regression tests, there is no complete interface standard, there is definitely pain ahead if we think we can use today’s container images (level 3B) on tomorrow’s container hosts (level 3A), 10 years from now. So, what’s the solution? With
Code Portability Today In Container Portability: Part 1: A Brief History in Code Portability, we explored the genesis of code portability and visited structured computer organization to highlight the six commonly found levels in modern computing. Revisiting the six layers – nobody debates the portability of the upper two layers – Application Programmers know that C
A Brief History in Code Portability Do you know why you can take a Python program and run it on any computer that has a Python interpreter on it? Well, because the computer industry has made a huge amount of investment into providing portability over the last 70 years. In the beginning, computers didn’t have