skip to main content
Close Icon

In order to deliver a personalized, responsive service and to improve the site, we remember and store information about how you use it. This is done using simple text files called cookies which sit on your computer. By continuing to use this site and access its features, you are consenting to our use of cookies. To find out more about the way Informa uses cookies please go to our Cookie Policy page.

Global Search Configuration


With containers, the role of the OS is important, and we focus here on the Linux OS, as containers cannot be simply moved around without consideration to the OS and version the microservice was built on and the container host OS and version.


  • A great advantage of the microservices architecture is its polyglot nature, and we can take advantage of that by introducing a simple rule to ensure OS sanity: no matter which OS the container's base image was built on, it must run in a host with matching kernel OS and version.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn to deploy containers consistent with OS across base image and host kernel.
  • Understand the challenges with container network controllers.

Key questions answered

  • How can developers ensure containers do not run into OS inconsistencies during deployment?
  • What is the impact of the GPL license on containerization and microservices architecture?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Linux distros have library incompatibilities
  • Polyglot: a pattern for mixing container OSs in the environment
  • A container type for the right base image
  • The GPL license was not designed for a container world
  • Container network controllers still have challenges


  • Acknowledgement
  • Author

Recommended Articles

  • Service Provider Markets, Consumer & Entertainment Services,...

    MWC 2018 Highlights

    By Ronan De Renesse 27 Feb 2018

    Over 20 of our senior Ovum analysts and consultants attended this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February. In between meetings, briefings and presentations, our analyst team were blogging and tweeting about key developments, trends and rumors. Have a look through our daily MWC 2018 Highlights to find out what happened.

    Topics 5G AI IoT Cloud Payments SDN/NFV Smart home

  • Enterprise Decision Maker, Enterprise IT Strategy and Select...

    2017 Trends to Watch: Big Data

    By Tony Baer 21 Nov 2016

    The breakout use case for big data will be fast data. The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasing the urgency for enterprises to embrace real-time streaming analytics, as use cases from mobile devices and sensors become compelling to a wide range of industry sectors.

    Topics Big data and analytics IoT

  • Consumer & Entertainment Services

    US pay TV: Is it facing an existential threat?

    By Adam Thomas 28 Mar 2018

    With US pay TV having endured the worst year in its history, thoughts have inevitably turned to the future. The likelihood remains that the immediate future will remain highly uncomfortable for everyone except the scaled multinational digital platforms.


Have any questions? Speak to a Specialist

Europe, Middle East & Africa team - +44 (0) 207 017 7700

Asia-Pacific team - +61 (0)3 960 16700

US team - +1 646 957 8878

+44 (0) 207 551 9047 - Operational from 09.00 - 17.00 UK time

You can also contact your named/allocated Client Services Executive using their direct dial.
PR enquiries - Call us at +44 7770704398 or email us at

Contact marketing -

Already an Ovum client? Login to the Knowledge Center now