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Docker / Kubernetes
vs Unikernels

Some people think that Unikernels are just containers 2.0 but the reality is that they are incredibly different technologies

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Unikernels are Faster

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Kubernetes and Docker are way slower than Linux because they duplicate both the storage and networking layers.

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NanoVMs Nanos relies on the underlying infrastructures existing network primitives so it isn't just faster than containers - it's faster than Linux itself.

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Unikernels can run 2X as fast as Linux on GCP and 3X as fast on AWS.

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Unikernels are Safer

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Containers complicate the software supply chain.

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Containers break well-known Unix/VM security boundaries.

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Unikernels Reduce Attack Surface.

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Unikernels Make Compliance Much Easier.

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Unikernels are Simple

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Unikernels remove layers of abstractions while containers add them.

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Unikernels use the cloud as the orchestration platform and don't require an external one like K8S.

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Unikernels are way easier to debug than containers.

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Quick Start

It doesn't matter if you using Mac, Linux or WSL - you can boot your first unikernel right now in just a minute.

We've made it super easy for you to try it out and it's all free and open source.