Back in December, we laid out a roadmap for container orchestration. Then the dust settled from the Docker spinoff. What we now know is that Docker Apps is an inactive project. tldr; It’s not a big deal for our customers and they are going to automagically get something better very soon:
We strongly believe in the power of containers for embedded development at Foundries.io. However, in a world of buzzword bingo like Kubernetes, serverless, and Edge, people working on 32 bit Arm hardware would be right to feel neglected. This article discusses one way we are helping: building armhf containers efficiently.
The days of building monolithic embedded Linux systems are coming to an end. Security vulnerabilities, both on the software and hardware side are driving the embedded industry to adopt new ways to develop these systems. The writing has been on the walls for a while now, and this shift away from monolithic applications to microservices has been happening in the cloud for many years. The “internet of things” and “edge” computing have brought cloud developers closer to embedded systems than ever before.
The Linux microPlatform uses a set of Docker containers to provide end-to-end services used by the Zephyr microPlatform. The containers and their configurations are deployed using a simple shell script that wraps Ansible. The scripts require a version of Ansible with Docker support. Some distro packages such as Ubuntu 16.04 don’t have this, so make sure you install Ansible from a proper source before continuing.