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Docker Buys Tutum

Docker acquires Tutum to speed production deployments 

Docker Inc. has beefed up its ability to deploy, manage and migrate Docker containers with its purchase of Tutum, an 11-person start-up in New York. Docker said Tutum’s “tooling” can reduce time to deploy Docker applications from days or weeks to minutes.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.MORE


By Larry Gordon and Tim Clark 

October 21, 2015 

Docker Inc. has made another small acquisition to expand its platform, buying 11-employee Tutum to build out its capabilities to deploy and manage Docker containers through its Docker Hub.   Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 

Tutum, based in New York, has been active as a Docker ecosystem partner and contributor to Docker’s open source code. Docker says that integrating Tutum with Docker Hub, a cloud service for automating development team workflows, Docker will deliver “a complete commercial solution for IT teams to collaboratively build, ship and run production-ready distributed applications.” 

That claim is somewhat odd because Docker, before the acquisition, had touted its software as a full solution for building, managing and deploying Docker containers.  Docker apparently wanted a more elegant solution and one that works on any infrastructure.

Scott Johnston, Docker’s VP of Product, positioned the acquisition as “the last mile of [Docker] application delivery” and as “tooling” for Docker, suggesting perhaps that Tutum may eventually be folded into the overall Docker offering.  

Without Tutum, Johnston said, the processes for deploying Docker applications could take days or weeks; with Tutum and Docker Hub, deployments can take minutes or hours.  It’s a classic workflow efficiency play plus the ability to deploy, manage and migrate distributed applications across any infrastructure, on-premise or in the cloud. 

Tutum’s service, operational since October 2013, has been used in beta by 24,000 organizations, up from 1,500 in August 2014, when Tutum received $2.65 million in equity funding from Azure Capital Partners, NXTP Labs and RTP Ventures. Johnston said the Tutum team will initially remain its own business unit.