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Network Namespaces in RHEL7

Linux namespaces are somewhat like Solaris zones in many ways from a user perspective but have significant differences under the hood. The term namespace isolation is often used because the purpose of namespaces is to provide a group of processes with the illusion that that they are the only processes on the system. This is an important requirement for implementing Linux Containers. Namespaces were developed over a number of years by Eric W. Biederman (user namespaces), Pavel Emelyanov, Al Viro, Cyrill Gorcunov, et al. Six user namespaces (out of 10 proposed) are implemented in RHEL7: mnt – mount points, filesystems

My thoughts on Docker, i.e. Linux Containers

Docker is an open-source project, started by Solomon Hykes of dotCloud, that automates the packaging of an application and its dependencies, and the deployment of such applications inside software containers on a Linux kernel. Currently the technology is being strongly pushed by the Linux community and especially by Red Hat. Unlike hypervisor-based virtual machines, a Docker container does not include the kernel or all the operating system libraries, shells and utilities. Instead, it relies on functionality in the Linux kernel (cgroups, LXC, etc.) to provide resource and namespace isolation. In many ways this is similar to the older Oracle Solaris