The Compelling Origins of Containers A number of years ago, it become clear that the rise of container platforms was more than just a passing technology trend. A genuine technology shift was taking place that would undoubtedly change the IT industry forever. Early indicators were everywhere. Investment by the largest software industry giants was significant, as was their marketing positioning. Pivotal and IBM were aggressive with Cloud Foundry and Blue Mix. Red Hat was progressive with Openshift and receiving industry praise. Docker Inc stormed onto the scene. Then Google started the Kubernetes opensource project with immediate impact. Locally, there were also strong indicators. MeetUp groups were started and quickly became well-attended - especially the Docker meetups based in Australia. In the early days, the meetings were sold-out, and eager attendees weren't able to secure a spot. After a humble start, the Kubernetes MeetUp was became very popular and continues to be so to this day. There was something brewing, and everyone wanted to be a part of it.