The speed of containers, the security of VMs

Kata Containers is a new open source project building extremely lightweight virtual machines that seamlessly plug into the containers ecosystem.

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Kata Containers 1.5 release is here

Kata Containers 1.5 is available now. Explore Kata Containers on GitHub.

Architecture Committee Schedule

The Architecture Committee works on the technical direction of the project.

Architecture Committee Meetings are Tuesdays at 8:00am PT.

Agendas & Call Info

Upon request dev community standing meetings on Tuesdays at 7:00am PT

Marketing SIG

The Marketing SIG works on developing community content as well as advocacy and outreach.

You can get involved with the Marketing SIG on the Kata mailing list or by visiting #kata-marketing in the Kata Slack.

What is Kata Containers?

Kata Containers is an open source project and community working to build a standard implementation of lightweight Virtual Machines (VMs) that feel and perform like containers, but provide the workload isolation and security advantages of VMs.

The Kata Containers project has six components: Agent, Runtime, Proxy, Shim, Kernel and packaging of QEMU 2.11. It is designed to be architecture agnostic, run on multiple hypervisors and be compatible with the OCI specification for Docker containers and CRI for Kubernetes.

Kata Containers combines technology from Intel® Clear Containers and Hyper runV. The code is hosted on Github under the Apache 2 license and the project is managed by the OpenStack Foundation.

Learn about the Kata Containers 1.0 launch in May 2018, or see the most recent release.

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