With Google Backing And Technology, CoreOS Unveils Enterprise Platform

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Linux developer CoreOS, fresh off a $12 million funding round led by Google's investment arm, released Monday a new platform for implementing Google-like infrastructure across enterprise data centers.

The platform, Tectonic, brings together CoreOS' extremely lightweight Linux distribution engineered for hosting Linux containers with the Kubernetes container management platform initially developed by Google.

Released under its own brand name to impose some separation from the developer's open-source offerings, Tectonic is intended to be a complete solution for businesses looking to deploy container-centric infrastructure across their server clusters, said Michael Huang, vice president of product strategy at CoreOS.

[Related: CoreOS Introduces Enterprise Registry]

Tectonic represents "a big strategic shift for us as a company," Huang told CRN.

"In essence, it will be the most complete platform out there for Linux containers, and there are interesting things we can do with that," he said.

CoreOS has contributed to a number of open-source projects since its inception a couple years ago. A list of those projects, Huang said, would start to look like a portfolio of tools, "almost like a platform, in a sense."

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