So what a heck is LXC?

For the sysadmins and cloud evangelists out there LXC may ring a bell! or not…
LXC (Linux Containers) is what they call as chroot on steroids. Heavily used in the cloud market, namely in the stands of PaaS providers such as Heroku, dotCloud, and others, LXC provides lightweight virtual systems that support resources isolation and processes management mechanisms for the Linux kernel. You can compare LXC to other virtualization technologies as Xen or VMware. However instead of booting new and separate virtual machines on-demand, LXC uses a completely different approach through cgroups (project started by Google engineers Paul Menage and Rohit Seth) which enables the co-existence of virtual environments that have their own processes and network space, all in a single host. At the end of the day, you could even use this LXC thing on all kind of devices (set-top boxes, smartphones) for building your own nano cloud!

I won’t enter in the nitty-gritty of Linux Containers but you can check them here.

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One thought on “So what a heck is LXC?

  1. beau says:

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who was doing a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me breakfast due to the fact that I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to discuss this topic here on your internet site.

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