Q&A with Ken Hess

Ever since we started the Kyup blog we wanted it to be a place for industry conversation and collaboration, rather than just a company news stream. That is exactly why we launched our guest blogging project, featuring insight, commentary and inspiration from the best and brightest in the cloud computing space. Today we are speaking with Ken Hess, a technical analyst and a writer, author of the Virtually Speaking column at ZDNet among other things.

How did you initially become interested in cloud technology?
I'm interested in anything new in the business and technology sectors. I also write a great deal about virtualization, so it was a natural fit.

What interests you most right now about the state of technology and cloud containers?
Containers is where I've predicted virtualization would go for years. To me, it took a really long time for the concept to catch on.

Do you think containers will entirely replace virtual machines and should they?
For some workloads, yes, they will replace them. Why shouldn't they? Containers are far more efficient than running everything in a full blown virtual machine.

Linux containers have been around for almost 10 years now- Why do you think they have suddenly become so popular?
I've wondered the same thing myself. I've touted the value of containers for close to ten years. I guess it's the technology Zeitgeist at work.

Are you familiar with the Open Container Project and if so, what are your thoughts on it?
Somewhat. It's a Linux Foundation open standards effort.

Where do you see the future of cloud containers in 5 years?
Until we come up with something better, containers will comprise at least 50 percent of all virtual machines in the data center. It will further drive concepts such as leveraged hardware and the commoditization of IT. A container is also a clever way for vendors to deliver their applications. Think about it. A vendor-supplied, pre-installed application that runs anywhere. That's the future of enterprise software and application delivery to data centers.

About Ken Hess

Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments. Follow him on twitter at @kenhess and at KenHess.com.