Could an unsung Microsoft Azure feature make containers yesterday’s news?

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Containers aren’t that new. Docker Inc. didn’t invent containers, and they may not even be the best virtualization method for deploying and running distributed applications. This is according to John Gossman (pictured), architect for the Microsoft Azure core team at Microsoft. “They took a bunch of kernel primitives that were in Linux and put a really great user experience on it,” Gossman said. “And I’m not taking anything away from Docker for doing that, because often times in the technology industry, it’s easy to make something that’s complicated and powerful but not easy to use,” he explained.

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