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Google Inc Collaborates with CoreOS for Tectonic, Invests $12M 

Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) venture capital arm, Google Ventures, led an investment round raising $12 million for CoreOS, a creator of open source container-oriented Linux distribution for massive-scale server deployments.

Other participants in the funding round were Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Fuel Capital and Accel Partners. The increased the total funding to $20 million.

CoreOS, Inc. is a provider of components required to build distributed systems to support application containers. CoreOS creates a super-lightweight edition of the free Linux operating system, which decreases the amount of hardware required to run applications in large-scale data centers. That’s what has made it popular among software developers who are seeking to do more with less. CoreOS is the creator and maintainer of open source projects CoreOS Linux, etcd, Fleet, Flannel and Rocket.

Its new launch is Tectonic — a lightweight, enterprise-ready platform for running Linux containers in a distributed environment. It combines CoreOS’ operating system and related tools with Google’s open-source Linux containers management and orchestration program Kubernetes in a commercial distribution package. With the collaboration, CoreOS becomes the first company to launch a completely supported enterprise edition of Kubernetes.

Kubernetes is an open source project that enables organizations to manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system. Kubernetes enables users to orchestrate and control clusters of containers and virtual machines (VMs).

Kubernetes is used to control computing power from data centers into a strong virtual machine. It enhances cloud computing deployments as well as the usage of container technology.

Tectonic is aimed at smaller cloud service providers and is intended to make it simpler and safer for enterprises to shift to a distributed and container-based environment. Companies deploying Tectonic can freely choose their cloud provider entirely based on the merits of their infrastructure, with no lock-in requirement. As of now, it is only available to a select group of beta users.

Google has been supporting CoreOS on its Compute Engine service for almost a year now. The recent move, that is, both the partnership and investment in CoreOS will also place Google in a better position in the cloud infrastructure market to compete with the likes of, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

It will also boost the prospects of Google’s Kubernetes initiative. It would attract startups and corporates to Google’s cloud infrastructure, thereby increasing its customer base.

Google holds a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). A better-ranked stock in the same space is LivePerson, Inc. (NASADAQ:LPSN), which sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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