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What’s A Unikernel?

by C. Ross Jam on May 27, 2016

I recently worked on a proposal that heavily incorporated the notion of unikernels. Even still, I’m not really sure I could have explained what they were to even someone else technically proficient.

Enter the Google Cloud Platform Podcast. Listening to Pivotal’s John Feminella I finally heard a clear, clean explanation. Check it out for yourself, but the notion of an automatically constructed, application specific, machine image that can run on a hypervisor nails it for me.

They’re still extremely bleeding edge, but it looks like unikernel based approaches will have a place in the microservices oriented future.

P.S. I just started listening to the GCP Podcast, but I’m encouraged by how informative these first couple of episodes have been.

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