But Inter-Vendor Cooperation Will Increase
CoreOS has not only worked closely with Google, an early backer and investor, and Red Hat, but also other platform developers such as Mirantis and Microsoft in recent years.
That kind of cross-vendor cooperation is a unique feature of the container space, which is all about portability, distributed application architecture and cloud-native development.
Container tech has been breeding a slew of alliances, such as the joint Pivotal-Google-VMware PKS platform for running Kubernetes. Even as competition becomes more fierce, that kind of cooperation will continue.
Look for Red Hat to integrate CoreOS' Tectonic platform into its OpenShift platform, and branch out to forge new alliances around that product. Other platform competitors will also look to strengthen their hand through strategic alliances.