This week, Red Hat announced new virtualization and cloud initiatives leveraging open-source container technology, including an effort known as Project Atomic.
Paul Cormier, president of Red Hat’s products and technologies, explained to eWEEK that Project Atomic is really a cloud host operating system. With open-source container technology from Docker, instead of requiring a separate operating system with each virtual machine, as is the case with traditional virtualization hypervisor technology, applications run in containers on top of a host operating system.
With Project Atomic, Red Hat wants to make sure that the host operating system used for containers will be its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The Atomic project is the upstream open-source project that enables applications to easily be deployed on containers and will be complemented with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host commercially supported offering.
“Atomic is effectively a much slimmed down Red Hat Enterprise Linux on which multiple application containers can ride,” Cormier said. “The beauty is that it’s the same RHEL 7 across bare metal, OpenStack and now the Atomic platform.”