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IT Security and the Unikernel – the Answer to Hackers and Attackers?

First, there was the virtual machine. Then came the container. Now, welcome to the unikernel, the latest initiative for atomising computing.

As everyone know, splitting the atom is a difficult job, so the ultimate computing atom ought to be safe from attacks. Is the unikernel that computing atom?

If you haven’t yet met the unikernel, here’s a super quick definition. It’s a package of what you need and only what you need to run a given application.

It contains the app itself, any middleware, libraries and kernel, including requisite device drivers. It differs from a virtual machine, which bundles up everything in terms of the operating system, etc., whether you need it or not. It also differs from a container, which bundles up the things you need, but minus the operating system.