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Assessing Operating Systems for Hosting Docker Containers

Published: 10 January 2017

ID: G00317768

Analyst(s): Tony Iams


Technical professionals responsible for I&O must select an optimal container hosting platform to maximize infrastructure agility on-premises and in the cloud. This document gives guidelines for assessing operating systems to host containers on virtual machines and immutable infrastructure.

Table Of Contents


  • Choosing a Container Base Image OS
  • Choosing a Container Host OS
    • Deployment Platforms
    • Implementing Immutable Infrastructure
    • Security Functions
    • Availability Functions
    • Storage and Networking Support
    • Monitoring Functions
    • Management Functions
    • Distributed Computing With Containers
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Container Host OS Choices
    • Enterprise Linux Distributions
    • Container-Optimized Linux Distributions
    • Other OS Implementations of Docker
  • Docker and OS Release Cycles

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