Containers will kill virtual machines


Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you – the reader – choose the winning argument.

The format is simple: a motion is proposed, and for and against arguments are published over the course of a week, during which you can cast your vote, choosing whether you're in favor or against the motion. The final score will be announced on Friday. It's up to our writers to convince you to vote for their side.

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This motion tackles a dilemma facing IT pros today: should you migrate your services and applications to containers, or are virtual machines good enough? Is containerization an overkill and just for the likes of Google and Amazon, or are virtual machines a blunt tool unsuitable for modern software deployment? Read, decide, vote, and comment!

This is the debate process

Phase One Phase Two Result
Phase 1

Read the opening arguments on Monday and Tuesday

Phase 2

Read the closing arguments on Wednesday and Thursday


Voting closes Thursday evening and the results announced on Friday