CenturyLink Debuts Panamax for Docker Virtualization Management
The open-source technology aims to make Docker container deployment and management easier and less complex.The open-source Docker container technology has continued to build momentum this year as a new way to deploy virtualized applications. Yet actually getting Docker up and running across multiple hosts, loading applications and managing the whole process can still be a challenge for some organizations, which is where the new Panamax effort comes into play. Panamax is an open-source effort created by Century Link's Innovation Labs. CenturyLink is currently the third-largest telecommunications vendor in the United States. Panamax provides a user interface to deploy, create and manage Docker container applications. As opposed to a traditional virtualization hypervisor like VMware's ESX, which requires each application to have its own operating system, Docker sits on top of a host system and applications don't need an additional OS. The name Panamax is a play on the Panama Canal, explained Lucas Carlson, chief innovation officer at CenturyLink. "Panamax is the maximum shipping container size for a container to go through the Panama Canal; so it created standards for shipping containers," Carlson told eWEEK. "We are trying to create application standards for Dockerized apps."
CenturyLink had 11 engineers work on Panamax over the last nine months to build out the technology. Carlson declined to provide a specific number for the exact amount of money that CenturyLink has invested in the effort.