First Major Release of Mirantis Container Runtime in Two Years


Mirantis, a provider of cloud-native infrastructure, has announced the first major release of Mirantis Container Runtime (MCR) in two years. The release is in collaboration with a reinvigorated Moby project, the open-source container framework, and includes new features, improvements, bug fixes, and security updates to make MCR more reliable, efficient, and secure.

Bjorn Neergaard, Senior Software Engineer – Containers at Mirantis, said, “This release is the culmination of two years of work to not only advance the technology but also to work together with our friends at Docker and in the wider open-source community to support the ongoing health and independence of the Moby project.”

Moby, along with other open source initiatives, represents the main project for the Mirantis Container Runtime, Docker, and Docker Engine. Users can now transition between the approved, enterprise-grade Mirantis Container Runtime and the community-developed, open source Moby software by using MCR 23.0, which matches the original version numbers of the Moby project. The Moby project-compliant Mirantis Container Runtime (MCR) offers a lightweight, secured, and highly available framework for operating containerized apps interoperable with the majority of Docker-compatible workflow, development, and workflow tools, platforms, and services.

MCR 23.0 and Moby introduce experimental support for Container Storage Interface (CSI) drivers in Swarm, making it easier to manage storage resources across container orchestration platforms. CSI drivers are the same storage drivers that Kubernetes uses, enabling developers to take advantage of the same storage plugins supported by Kubernetes. As the CSI-compliant implementation in Swarm matures, it is expected that an entire ecosystem of persistent storage backends will become available. Mirantis is actively working with the Moby development community to mature its implementation, addressing any bugs and missing features as they become apparent.

Oracle Linux 8, RHEL 9, Windows Server 2022

The release of MCR 23.0 also adds support for Oracle Linux 8, RHEL 9, and Windows Server 2022. By leveraging the power of Moby and adding valuable features and hardening, MCR simplifies the process of managing containerized applications and infrastructure, while also improving their overall performance and security. This frees developers from the burden of managing infrastructure, allowing them to focus on creating their most valuable code and accelerating development cycles, reducing costs, and improving the overall quality of applications.

With the release of MCR 23.0, Mirantis is continuing to advance its mission of enabling developers to create their most valuable code by freeing them from the burden of managing infrastructure. The collaboration with the Moby project is an important step in achieving this mission, as it ensures that the technology remains healthy and independent.

Mirantis Container Runtime is a critical part of Mirantis’ cloud-native infrastructure offering. The company’s platform delivers Kubernetes and related open-source infrastructure, multi-cloud management, and container orchestration. The platform is designed to enable enterprises to develop, deploy, and manage cloud-native applications at scale, on any infrastructure, in a simple and efficient way.

The cloud-native market has seen significant growth in recent years as more and more businesses seek to adopt cloud-native technologies. According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, the cloud-native market is expected to grow from $11.9 billion in 2020 to $37.9 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 25.2% during the forecast period. As a leading provider of cloud-native infrastructure, Mirantis is well-positioned to take advantage of this growing market.

The release of Mirantis Container Runtime (MCR) 23.0 is in fact a significant milestone for Mirantis and the cloud-native market. The collaboration with the Moby project would ensure that the technology remains healthy and independent, while the new features, improvements, bug fixes, and security updates would make MCR more reliable, efficient, and secure.