Docker takes company ‘unikernels’ over




The US Docker takes the British start-up Unikernels Systems. The small company focuses on unikernels, which use the minimum required components of an operating system to let applications run. Docker sees unikernels complement Docker containers.

Unikernel Systems was founded last year and employs thirteen people at the company, many of whom were previously involved in the development of Xen hypervisors. Company focused on the development of tools that developers can use in making unikernels. When unikernels source code is compiled into a proprietary operating system, where only functionality is used which minimally require the application to run.

Unikernels are therefore considerably smaller than containers, with all the advantages in terms of flexibility, simplicity, speed and security consequences. Docker hopes the acquisition to gain an even firmer foothold in the market for the development of micro services, also with a view to the future where internet-of-things-applications are important. Unikernels fill containers according to the company on this plane.

Docker’s tools had been partially suitable for unikernels but now Unikernel Systems is part of Docker, the integration will be improved, ensuring a single platform for virtual machines, containers and unikernels can be offered.


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