EMC arms developers with UniK open source platform to deploy applications to cloud, IoT devices

EMC Corp. announced Tuesday UniK, its open source contribution that enables developers to deploy applications to the cloud and IoT devices more securely and efficiently, by compiling application sources into unikernels.

UniK as an open source project is recognized under the DevHigh5 program through EMC {code}, a program that supports and provides recognition to developers and partners for their open source contributions. By releasing UniK as a collaborative open source project, EMC expects the tool to help bring customers closer to cloud native application platforms through the choice of running applications with containers or unikernels.

The release of UniK is the latest project in a series of EMC contributions to the open source community designed to help accelerate collaboration on and adoption of key infrastructure technologies for the modern data center. In addition to multiple projects contributed through EMC {code}, EMC has also dedicated development resources and leadership to open source communities and efforts such as Cloud Foundry and OpenStack.

Currently available under the Apache 2.0 license on Github, UniK offers the ability to integrate with multiple back-end open source platforms to compile, package and deploy applications; bring efficiency and security to applications on modern platforms and IoT devices; simplify development and operation of applications that employ unikernels; supports developing and operating applications with hypervisors running locally and in data centers, while offering support for common hypervisor and cloud providers.

“Unikernels are completely self-contained, have fewer layers of code and are much simpler to reason about. With unikernels picking up steam in the community thanks to attention from Docker and others, developers are seeking to capture benefits that include lighter weight code stacks and a reduced surface area for security intrusions—particularly important for developing apps in the cloud and for IoT devices,” said John Roese, EMC’s CTO and senior vice president. “EMC is the first organization to make this possible by bringing UniK to the open source community, offering developers the ability to compile an operating system and run it on virtually any cloud platform. We believe that offering UniK to the open source community will help accelerate innovation with unikernels.”

UniK can be integrated to application platforms with a REST API making developing and operating unikernels seamless. UniK does this through a highly pluggable and scalable architecture, allowing contributions for new processor architectures, programming languages, unikernel compilers and cloud providers.

UniK enables software developers to compile applications into different unikernels creating extremely lightweight, efficient application instances. These single-purpose images can then be deployed on hypervisors such as VMware vSphere or KVM with application platforms such as Cloud Foundry, Docker and Kubernetes.

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