CoreOS receives $8m in funding to bring its cloud-friendly Linux distro to market

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Update: this report is now free to read, client or not.

As newsletter subscribers know, I’ve been working on a report about CoreOS. I find it intriguing as a possible “leap-frog” around cloud platforms like OpenStack…or possibly as future best buddies. Either way, it’s really interesting to watch that team try to re-imagine Linux for cloud scale.

The report is up now for clients, but here’s the 451 Take:

Along with companies like Docker (which CoreOS bundles) and Mesos, we’re seeing interesting trends that are reinventing how operating systems work, targeted toward cloud deployments. The end goal seems to ensure that Linux will not just become a component of cloud platforms, but become something of a cloud platform itself. CoreOS is an interesting tracer for this possibility. As CoreOS itself noted, gaining broader, ‘enterprise’ adoption is the main issue for a technology like CoreOS; most enterprises are slow to change over to new, automated methods of keeping raw infrastructure up to date. This of course leaves the early market pool as Web and cloud companies, which CoreOS seems gleeful to jump into. The ideas behind CoreOS are interesting and we’ll be watching to see how this cash injection will help fund compiling those ideas into running code and services.

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CoreOS receives $8m in funding to bring its cloud-friendly Linux distro to market