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This past April was a huge month for Docker. Microsoft furthered their Docker support by announcing containers with the security of virtualization (called Hyper-V Containers) and also introduced Nano Server, a minimal version of Windows Server that is highly optimized for the cloud and containers. Docker released some highly requested features (like faster image pulls, a preview of Docker client for Windows and container and image labels) with Docker Engine 1.6 and raised a whopping $95M led by Insight Venture Partners which values the business near the $1B mark. CoreOS also raised funding led by Google Ventures and announced Tectonic, a commercial Kubernetes platform for the enterprise. In other news, Nutanix and VMware are involved in a very public (and slightly entertaining) scuffle: long story short, Nutanix is allowing enterprises to rip and replace VMwares flagship product, the hypervisor, and helped VMware lose a $1.6B contract with the US Dept. of Defense. At stake is a fast growing market called the "Software Defined Datacenter” estimated to be worth $77B in five years that VMware wants to lock itself into. It will be interesting to see how containers will impact this space as the technology matures. Lastly, to end on a fun note, check out this awesome tutorial on running multi container apps on your Raspberry Pi.