We have all probably heard about containers and virtual machines. Virtualization has allowed IT to break down a single server into multiple machines. The containers allowed you to take this concept and make it even smaller. DeferPanic wants to go one step further with a technology called Unikernels. Today, the company announced its $ 1.5 million seed round.
The round was led by Intialized Captial. Other investors were Hack.VC, Ron Gula, Ray Rothrock, Justin Label, Liquid2 and BloomBerg Beta. The round was funded on a $ 6 million valuation, said founder and CEO Ian Eyberg at TechCrunch.
Unikernels is a kind of container, but Eyberg takes care to distinguish them from the types of containers we are talking about when we look at Docker and Kubernetes. It is a form of specialized virtualization, very light, with key features that should make them extremely attractive to companies that are trying to build quickly while avoiding being hacked (pretty much everybody).
First of all, you can put just about any application in a unikernal, even your older generation and enjoy big benefits. The largest is perhaps a unikernal is by design a single isolated entity. It is just launching the application inside and nothing more. This means that you can not execute any other code, which eliminates any form of attack.
The unikernel itself is very efficient, you can pack 100-200 per host as opposed to 5-6 VMs. "We produce thousands of unikernels on lousy servers in seconds – there is plenty of room for growth," says Eyberg.
Although Eyberg claims that this technology has existed for some time now, with larger companies like Ericsson and NEC working on them, until now, they were confined to geeks who were willing to get on with the task to make them work. Just as it took some time for containers to really take their place before marketing Kubernetes as an orchestration layer, Eyberg sees his company bringing a similar dynamic to that of Unikernels.
"Until now, it was a real pain in the ass to handle [unikernels] .The side of the orchestration is its own ball of madness.If you did not no low level background, you probably do not play with them.We are one of the only ones to build a platform, allowing you to click a button and you are gone for the races ", he said.
You may be wondering how the company sums up unikernel at such a small size, but Eyberg says that's because the operating system, typically Linux in virtualization, has always been bigger than it should be.
He sees a way to eliminate this disruption of the operating system as a key to the success of the Unikernal platform. Instead of placing the entire OS in the unikernel container, it puts the absolute bare minimum, which typically includes only a network and disk drivers. This greatly reduces the size and feeds the other benefits.
The company, which launches into the Alchemist Accelerator, announces its unikernel orchestration tool and funding this week at the RSA Security Conference.