Analysis: Containers as a service – Others have tried this – to make an open source product into an “as a service” so that vendors can make some money other than training revenue – but the jury isn’t out yet it is hard to say whether this strategy will be successful… It’s hard to gauge whether or not enterprises are asking for this (since there are only a few enterprises onboard). In any case, it’s probably a good idea to do this since Docker (the company) clearly has the resources to bring out a service offering.
Source: Docker Inc.
Docker promoting Containers as a Service
Enterprises are using Docker Datacenter to deploy an on-premises Containers-as-a Service (CaaS) solution. CaaS is an IT-managed and secured application environment where developers can, in a self-service manner, build and deploy applications. Some of the world’s most security-conscious organizations, like ADP, have bought and deployed Docker Datacenter to deliver a CaaS solution that provides agility for development teams, control for operations teams and portability of applications across any infrastructure, from on-premises datacenters to public clouds, across a vast array of network and storage providers.
“As part of our initiative to modernize our business-critical applications to microservices, ADP has been investigating solutions that would enable our developers to leverage a central library of IT-vetted and secured core services that they could rapidly iterate on,” said Keith Fulton, Chief Technology Officer at ADP. “Docker’s CaaS approach will enable us to drive transformation across the entire application lifecycle from development to operations. A key feature for us is the end-to-end integration with Docker Content Trust to centrally administer and control our images so that only signed and validated content can be used or deployed into a production environment. With Docker, we will be able to ensure application portability, whether it is between dev and ops or between the datacenter and the cloud.”
From Fortune 500 to SMB: Agility, Portability and Control
In an era where enterprises are putting more workloads into the public cloud than on-premises, the requirement for balancing agility, portability and control is greater than ever. This is why Fortune 500 companies from the pharmaceutical, financial services, healthcare and insurance industries have purchased Docker Datacenter for all their applications — legacy monoliths and microservices — while enabling secure content controls and role-based access that leverages the tools already used for security compliance and IT governance.
Similarly, smaller to mid-sized organizations are using Docker Datacenter to move to a more modern application infrastructure. Healthdirect Australia provides health services by contracting with service providers, managing ongoing operations and implementing governance structures so that their health services are provided safely and efficiently. The company already is running many of its Dockerized applications in production and is in the process of shipping all its applications in Dockerized containers.