Docker without Docker  ↦

Thomas Ptacek writing on Fly’s blog:

Even though most of our users deliver software to us as Docker containers, we don’t use Docker to run them. Docker is great, but we’re high-density multitenant, and despite strides, Docker’s isolation isn’t strong enough for that. So, instead, we transmogrify container images into Firecracker micro-VMs.

This is a fun, technical read about how they’re converting Docker’s OCI images (turns out they’re just a stack of tarballs) into Firecracker VMs. It’s much simpler to accomplish than I would’ve thought! Money quote:

You’re likely of one of two mindsets about this: (1) that it’s extremely Unixy and thus excellent, or (2) that it’s extremely Unixy and thus horrifying.


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