CoreOS Brings Docker Container Tech to DigitalOcean
The barrier to entry for full-scale, high-availability Docker deployment has now been lowered to $5 a month.Docker has emerged in the last year to become one of the most talked about virtualization technologies, but getting it up and running can take some effort. Today, CoreOS announced that its Docker-focused Linux distribution is freely available as an image that can be deployed on the popular DigitalOcean cloud service, lowering the barrier to entry and the cost, for getting up and running. DigitalOcean, one of the fastest growing cloud vendors, offers users services for as little as $5 a month that run on fast solid-state drives (SSDs). In March, DigitalOcean announced its Series A round of funding, bringing in $37.5 million from investors, including venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Users deploy what DigitalOcean refers to as "Droplets," which are virtual instances of operating systems. The new partnership now brings the CoreOS operating system as an image that DigitalOcean customers can easily deploy as a Droplet. "Similar to DigitalOcean’s other OS offerings, users simply choose the CoreOS image on the Droplet creation page and can spin up a CoreOS server instantly," Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, told eWEEK.
CoreOS is a purpose-built operating system for the deployment of Docker container virtualization technology that got started in August 2013. In June of this year, CoreOS announced a Series A funding round, which raised $8 million. On July 25, CoreOS delivered its first stable release, building on top of the project's existing alpha and beta release development efforts.