Swimming in the DigitalOcean with CoreOS
CoreOS is fast becoming the operating system of choice of many developers. Described as “warehouse-scale” computing, the linux derivative provides a unique ability to run in a very small footprint along with many features that are gaining lots of attraction by developers and administrators alike.
Container Style Linux
As we see more and more challenges around security and patch management for operating systems, CoreOS has made the choice to effectively containerize the OS to allow for simple, compartmentalized patches and updates.
This layered approach to the operating system provides flexibility for updating and rolling back patches as they become available. Package and patch management has become an art form unto itself which makes this a very powerful move to re-evaluate OS management for linux based systems.
Simple Docker Integration
Docker continues to gain massive popularity which is an additional nod to the viability of CoreOS as an OS platform. Simple and tight integration with Docker built into the base system has helped greatly for developers to move towards the newly popular container platform.
One of the tenets of CoreOS is to create predictable simplicity for managing the platform. Scaling out using Fleet has become a popular topic for people getting ready to jump in to the platform as a true scale-out application environment.
While there are some challenges to getting started with new OS platforms for some, DigitalOcean sees that the customer demand is high, and the lower cost and API-driven cloud SSD droplets will be a great place for people to start their journey towards testing the tools.
We have covered recent changes in the DigitalOcean ecosystem including IPv6 and new data centers in the UK before which show that their features and popularity are growing. It will be interesting to see more development with the CoreOS offering, and if you have any thoughts or ideas on how this will help with your adoption, we would love to hear your thoughts on it.
You can read the blog post at the DigitalOcean site on the new CoreOS offering here for more information.