Kyup joins Open Container Initiative

We are thrilled to share that Kyup has officially joined the Open Container Initiative , a coalition of industry leaders for defining common specifications around container format and runtime in the cloud hosting space.

Ever since the creation of the Kyup platform in 2014, drawing on the legacy of our parent company SiteGround who has historically supported various open-source projects, we've been avid open-source enthusiasts. Over the course of the past year the Kyup team has contributed over 20 functional changes to the Linux kernel and even more patches for the Linux community. For this exact reason, the desire to contribute to the OCI was a natural result of our long-standing support for and experience with Linux container technologies.

The Open Container Initiative was first presented on June 22nd as a coalition between some of the largest cloud technology companies, such as AWS, Google, VMWare, RedHat, and many more, working together on a standard container format led by Docker and hosted by The Linux Foundation. During a keynote at OSCON in late July Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation, announced that the draft charter is available for comments and that several new companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Oracle, Dell and Kyup to name but a few, are also backing the industry-wide initiative.

The improvements in the software container space in recent years have organically begun the process of creating a new portable container standard which is largely supported across major cloud vendors, thus making it incredibly easy for tech professionals to run their web projects in the way that best fits their own needs, rather than those of the provider. We are especially enthusiastic about joining our efforts into developing this process even further with the OCI and helping to accelerate its mission to give software engineers even more flexibility and freedom.

As the software container space becomes more and more fragmented, this might divert the focus from innovation. That’s why declaring a standard container format and providing reference software for running it is such an important step. Having the Linux Foundation housе the project is also incredibly important, since as an experienced and trusted non-profit organization it is the perfect partner to nurture the efforts of all participants. Imagine the stampede of work that goes into coordinating all new members, and still, communication with each and everyone from the Foundation so far has been a breeze. The Open Container Initiative is a win-win for both the cloud industry as a whole and the individual developer or sys-admin using containers.

Be on the lookout for the upcoming Kyup announcement about implementing Docker support on our bare-metal container infrastructure, as we also look for ways to be more actively engaged in contributing to the OCI efforts. More details on the project can be found at www.opencontainers.org.