So, what’s the deal with this unikernel thing?
It almost sounds made up: unikernel. If you try to type it out in a word processor, it will probably be highlighted as a spelling and grammar issue. The reality is that unikernels are already becoming something very important in the data center and cloud ecosystem. You’ll see a lot more talk about the cloud when we talk unikernels, but before we get too far, let’s just recap on the basics.
What is a unikernel?
The premise of a unikernel is to deliver an operating environment with the thinnest possible delivery. A minimal operating system, with a subset of the libraries needed to support only core and critical functions. The reason that it is being called a unikernel is that it is being delivered as a more single-purposed product.
The formal description is “specialised, single-address-space machine images constructed by using library operating systems”, and although that may sound
This is not a new thing, and you can see that by reading the 2013 paper titled “Unikernels: Library Operating Systems for the Cloud” at unikernel.org that shows the approach being used to solve specific problems in cloud platforms where a thin, agile, application environment is needed.
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