The open source project Kata Containers has issued version 1.0 of the software which provides a way to isolate containerized workloads with security comparable to virtual machines (VMs) but without the performance penalty which comes with full VMs.
According to details provided by the OpenStack Foundation, the solution provides fast and secure deployment for both highly-regulated workloads as well as untrusted code, on the public or private cloud, containers-as-a-service, and edge computing.
With security being a big issue for container deployments, it does not come as a surprise that OpenStack Foundation focused exactly on that part with its Kata Containers version 1.0 release.
In case you missed it, Kata Containers project was launched back in December last year under the OpenStack Foundation and is compatible with both the Open Container Initiative (OCI) specification and the container runtime interface (CRI) for Kubernetes. IT also supports mixed workloads and should eventually expand to support device passthrough and accelerators in future releases.
In addition to Intel, Hyper.sh, ARM, Canonical, Dell EMC, and Red Hat, other companies have also joined the project, including 99cloud, AWcloud, China Mobile, City Network, CoreOS, EasyStack, Fiberhome, Google, Huawei, JD.com, Mirantis, NetApp, SUSE, Tencent, Ucloud, and UnitedStack.
In addition to security focus, Kata Containers 1.0 delivers the fully integrated code bases of the two technologies that were the foundation of the project, Intel Clear Containers and runV technology from Hyper.sh. According to details, combining these two virtualized container open source code bases, Kata Containers should provide secure, light, fast and agile container management technology across stacks and platforms.
You can download Kata Containers 1.0 as well as check out more details over at the official website.