CoreOS, developer of the eponymous Linux distribution aimed at running containers, has secured new funding from investors including Intel and detailed a bundle of additional open source projects to support container-based infrastructure.
The firm announced at the CoreOS Fest distributed systems conference in Berlin that the $28m in funding will support the development of technologies to deploy, manage and secure container-based infrastructure for operating applications and services.
CoreOS explained that the latest investment comes from a number of sources, including GV (formerly Google Ventures), Intel Capital, Accel, Fuel Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Y Combinator Continuity Fund.
The money will assist in developing the company's vision of providing firms with comparable capabilities to cloud platforms like that of Google, which it terms ‘Google infrastructure for everyone else' (GIFEE).
As part of this plan, CoreOS will continue to build up its Tectonic platform, an enterprise-grade packaging of the Kubernetes framework for orchestrating containerised applications in a clustered environment.
"We are in the middle of an important transition in the next major phase in enterprise computing since virtualisation and cloud, where enterprises are on the path to embracing Google-style infrastructure. With this investment, CoreOS is at the forefront of bringing GIFEE to enterprises by providing the most advanced and secure Kubernetes distribution," said CoreOS chief executive Alex Polvi.
The firm also used CoreOS Fest to detail developments in a number of related open source projects. Among these is the first beta release of etcd v3, a distributed key value store that provides a reliable way for applications to store data across a cluster of servers.
The beta adds performance and scalability improvements, according to CoreOS, thanks partly to a new storage engine that makes etcd 3 approximately 10 times more memory efficient than earlier releases.
CoreOS is also open sourcing JWT Proxy, a tool that the company created to secure communications between the Quay Docker repository service and Clair, its container image security scanner. However, JWT Proxy provides a general purpose method of secure service-to-service authentication, and CoreOS decided to make it available to all via GitHub.
Meanwhile, CoreOS said that integration between its rkt container runtime and Kubernetes continues, and that rkt is on track to be a first-class container engine option for Kubernetes as an alternative to Docker.
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