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Docker and Microsoft team up in initiative for greater container control

December 05, 2018 / James Bourne

Docker has its DockerCon event in Barcelona this week while Microsoft is running its online Connect() conference – and the two have combined on a new product which aims to help empower developers working in container environments. The product, known as Cloud Native Application Bundles (CNAB), is an open source specification for packaging and running distributed applications, enable a single all-in-one packaging format, across any combination of environments. As containerisation came to pass, the theory of a truly distributed application – one which can run on multiple computers at the same time, whether on servers or in the cloud – was edging closer. Yet, as is always the way when technologies mature, there are bumps in the road, with the rise of Kubernetes meaning this vision took a step back. Microsoft and Docker are here trying to steer the ship back in the right direction; think of it as a container for containers.