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Google says Chromium is its preferred OS for running containers

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May 16, 2016

Google said earlier today that it has decided its Chromium OS is its preferred operating system for running containers in its own cloud.

Google says it uses it for its own services and it's called Container-VM. It points out it's not a garden variety operating system you'd ever contemplate downloading but you might want to use it in your own data center, once you've determined it can fullfill your needs, it asserted.

Container-VM is instead dedicated to running Docker inside Google's cloud. The Debian-based version of Container-VM has been around for a while, billed as a “container-optimized OS”.

Now Google has announced a new version of Container-VM “based on the open source Chromium OS project, allowing us greater control over the build management, security compliance, and customizations for GCP.”

The new Container-VM was built “primarily for running Google services on GCP”. We therefore have here an OS built by Google to run Google itself, and now available to you if you want to run containers on Google, which is of course a leading user of containers and creates billions of them every week, the company claims.

It's not unusual for a cloud service provider to offer tight integration between their preferred operating systems and their clouds. Oracle wants you to take it all the way up and down its stack. We also know that Windows 2016 Server's container-friendly Nano Server has powered Azure as well since the beginning of the year.

You could say that Google isn't ahead of the pack here, but it does now have a rather stronger container story to tell. We'll keep you posted on these and other developments.

Source: Google.

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