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New Hyper Open Source Project Allows Developers To Leverage Docker and Xen Virtualization Infrastructure

Docker’s popularity and usefulness in cloud systems architectures is evident, having won over countless developers. Yet, it’s not a replacement for mature, proven and security-hardened virtualization technologies that support many of the world’s largest clouds in production.

So, while developers clearly want to take advantage of container technology to easily package applications, they also need a seamless migration path to their existing virtual infrastructure. That’s where our new partner Hyper announced today comes into play.

Hyper, a Chinese-based company with a new open source project by the same name, allows developers to run Docker images with Xen Project virtualization, version 4.5 or later. Download available here.

“Hyper offers the best of both worlds — VMs and containers,” said Xu Wang, Co-Founder at Hyper. “Our technology allows enterprises to leverage any mature, implemented virtualization infrastructure and eliminate unwanted complexity and also take advantage of container technology to easily package applications. We are partnering with Xen more closely to help developers get more out of their hypervisor, while also enjoying the benefits of container technology.”

To learn more, be sure to check out the presentation “Hyper: Make VM Run Like Containers” at Xen Project Developer Summit, Aug. 17-18. You’ll also find them at The Linux Foundation’s new ContainerCon event, as a bronze sponsor.

Hyper Enables the Next-Generation Container-as-a-Service

Caas (Container-as-a-Service) is gaining traction in cloud computing by leveraging the portability of Docker to avoid various technical limitations in a Platform-as-a-Service. However, the shared kernel approach introduces unnecessary complexity, overcapacity and security insecurity.

To eliminate these problems, Hyper uses virtualization to achieve hardware-enforced isolation. Unlike a VM + container approach, Hyper does not employ a GuestOS in the VM instance. Instead a HyperKernel, a customized Linux Kernel which includes Docker functionality, is loaded to host the Docker images. Hyper guests also does not require any Linux Container technology: in other words in Hyper guests do not require LXC, cgroups, namespace and  Docker daemon to run; they only require MOUNT namespace to support pods of Docker images.

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To learn more about this minimalist approach, which also offers sub-second boot, rapid ROI, enhanced security, minimal resource footprint and overheads and more, check out these additional resources:

Continuous innovation is the lifeblood of any project, and Xen Project is fortunate to have an extremely active and growing community. Partners like Hyper allow Xen Project to stay one step ahead of the industry with security, performance and scalability as cloud and computing infrastructures evolve.

The Bare-Metal Hypervisor as a Platform for Innovation

In this industry, everyone seems to talk about innovation, but very few platforms exist which foster innovation.  More times than not, “innovation” is simply a buzzword used by some marketing campaign to hawk something about as novel as twenty-year-old accounting software.

Innovation does occur, of course.  But often real innovation leverages what already exists to create something which doesn’t yet exist.  It may borrow from the known, but it produces something previously unknown.  For example, the industry has been going wild over cloud computing in the past few years, but many of the core cloud computing concept are actually old mainframe concepts reimagined in the world of commodity servers.

Making a Place for Innovation to Thrive

A bare-metal hypervisor — like the one produced by the Xen Project — can be an excellent platform for innovation.  We think of hypervisors as old technology, plumbing for newer technologies like cloud — and, indeed, they are.  But the nature of the bare-metal hypervisor makes it an excellent platform for innovation to take place.

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