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What on Earth is a Flocker? It's a piece of open source software that lets you run databases, key-value stores and queues inside Docker containers, and comes from ClusterHQ. Any wiser? Docker is an open-source Linux container technology that runs multiple apps under a single OS inside a containing structure instead of each …

  1. Pete 2 Silver badge

    The SUN never sets

    > multiple apps under a single OS inside a containing structure

    Isn't this what Solaris had about 10 years ago? Containers or zones (I forget - it's been a while)

    > Snarky old IT folks might sarcastically recall multi-tasking under one OS and sniff in sorrow

    Yup, pass the snifters. I'll have an Armagnac.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The SUN never sets

      Containers or zones (I forget - it's been a while)

      Engineering called them zones, marketing decided to officially call them containers. Customers ignored marketing & used the short name :)

      The original zones shared a kernel with the physical host. The latest release of Solaris from a week or too now allows independent kernels in each zone: Kernel Zones.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Zenoss annouced a docker orchestration layer that does data volumes last week

    Looks like a lot of solutions are comming out. Zenoss just annouced a container orchestration platform also: &&

    It provides data volumes, log monitoring, performance monitoring and high availability

  3. MyffyW Silver badge

    Appreciate seeing the dots joined...

    Thanks @Chris_Mellor, useful article.

    Coming from a Windows background (yes, I blush, but it paid the mortgage) I can't help but draw parallels with ThinApp and AppV, which have proven useful in certain circumstances. I guess the differences between distros on Linux makes containerisation all the more appealing, and the potential use cases broader.


    Coverage from Edinburgh Docker Meetup

    Readers might be interested in videos from our first Edinburgh Docker Meetup where industry analyst Paul Miller ( gave an excellent intro to Docker which was followed by talks on Apache Brooklyn ( and two Docker ecosystem Apache licensed projects Clocker ( and of course Flocker.

    See for videos of talks.

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