Source: Docker Inc. We continue to wait for Docker enterprise users to show us what they’re doing – that they are working on large production applications managed by Docker type container capability – right now it is still a chick and egg question – what products are needed and are they ready for prime time? As for containers as a service – Others have tried this – to make an open source product into an “as a service” 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.
Docker Datacenter Selected by Leading Enterprises to Deliver Application Lifecycle Agility and Operational Control
Enables first end-to-end on premises Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution to deliver application portability across any infrastructure from the datacenter to the cloud
San Francisco– February 23, 2016 – Docker, Inc., the organization behind the open platform for distributed applications, today announced Docker Datacenter (DDC), an integrated, end-to-end platform for agile application development and management at any scale. Comprised of Docker Universal Control Plane (generally available today), Docker Trusted Registry and embedded support for Docker Engine, Docker Datacenter addresses the requirements for organizations that want to manage the application lifecycle of Dockerized applications from development through production.
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.
"Docker Datacenter provides us with a solid foundation for our container environment, enabling our team to spend more time developing and shipping the applications that bring our customers value,” said Scott Coulton, DevOps Solutions Architect for Healthdirect Australia. “Docker Datacenter also abstracts the operations tasks away from the dev team with great features like one-click upgrades. As all devops teams know, less time on operations means more spent on development, giving you greater agility in bringing your applications to market.”
Other organizations, such as SA Home Loans, a mortgage finance company headquartered in South Africa with over 200,000 clients, selected Docker Datacenter after seeing first-hand the enterprise-class networking and security capabilities in addition to the ease-of-use when managing containers using Docker Swarm.
“At SA Home Loans, we use Docker Datacenter to host a microservice architecture that supports our primary business applications,” said Mark Dand, Systems Engineer at SA Home Loans. “By moving to the Docker platform, we have decreased our time to production significantly and have empowered our developers to use the languages and frameworks with which they are most comfortable. Through our use of Docker Trusted Registry, a component of Docker Datacenter, we are able to host our in-house images, providing a central location for our developers to get the images they need quickly, consistently and securely as it becomes an integral part in our automated build process.”
“Docker Datacenter leverages our years of innovation in the Docker open source projects and ecosystem, and the feedback and experience of early adopters running Docker in production,” said Solomon Hykes, Founder and CTO of Docker. “Through Docker Datacenter, we ship an integrated, commercially-supported production environment for container workloads, bringing developers the agility they’ve come to expect from Docker-based applications, with a Docker-native application lifecycle where what they build is what runs in production. This provides IT Pros with the level of control and security they need to manage an enterprise-class Container-as-a-Service platform, portable across any infrastructure, both on premises and in the cloud.”
Availability and Support from Open Source
Docker Datacenter is an integrated suite of commercial software (Universal Control Plane and Trusted Registry) and embedded open source Docker projects (Engine, Swarm, Content Trust, Networking). The integrations among them are tested and validated configurations with enterprise-class support. This guarantees the interoperability and full support of the Docker API across the stack for a seamless transition in taking applications in development to production. Official commercial support from Docker provides enterprises with direct access to Docker support and engineering to ensure their Docker application environments operate as designed in their IT infrastructures.
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About Docker, Inc.
Docker, Inc. is the company behind the Docker open source platform, and is the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship and run distributed applications. With Docker, IT organizations shrink application delivery from months to minutes, frictionlessly move workloads between data centers and the cloud and can achieve up to 20X greater efficiency in their use of computing resources. Inspired by an active community and by transparent, open source innovation, Docker containers have been downloaded more than 2 billion times and Docker is used by millions of developers across thousands of the world’s most innovative organizations, including eBay, Baidu, the BBC, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, ING, Yelp, and Spotify. Docker’s rapid adoption has catalyzed an active ecosystem, resulting in more than 280,000 “Dockerized” applications, over 100 Docker-related startups and integration partnerships with AWS, Cloud Foundry, Google, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack, Rackspace, Red Hat and VMware.