When Docker kicked off the container revolution some five years ago, several startups, like CoreOS, dived into that nascent ecosystem. It was a little later on, once the technology's potential became more obvious, that established enterprise vendors started integrating container products and building their own solutions.
Now that container technology has matured and is rapidly becoming a staple in enterprise environments, Red Hat's acquisition of CoreOS could be the first sign of a wave of consolidation between the new kids on the block and their legacy counterparts.
The deal is "one of the more-coalescing acquisitions for a supported public Kubernetes platform," Joe Dickman, senior vice president of Vizuri, a Red Hat consultancy based in Virginia, told CRN.
We're likely to see more coalescing pairings.
Expect systems integrators with deep container expertise, platform providers, ISVs and IT tooling companies to "begin to round out their container capabilities," Chris Ciborowski, CEO of Nebulaworks, a container specialist based in Southern California, told CRN.
Keep an eye on other emerging container platform vendors gaining traction in the market, such as Rancher Labs, Mesosphere, Weaveworks, Heptio, Mirantis and Twistlock to name just a few.