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Bringing Docker apps to the masses

By Tim Clark

July 27, 2015

In a move that could bring dockerized applications to more companies, a small software company focused on hosting providers has released its first free public beta of KuberDock, a platform as a service (PaaS) technology that allows service providers to deploy dockerized applications on their infrastructures.  

"Docker is not well-positioned to service providers; it's positioned for enterprises," CloudLinux CEO Igor Seletskiy told Focus on Docker in an interview. 

The new product, announced in March, opens the way for smaller hosters and managed service providers to offer Docker applications, thus extending Docker applications to a broader market of small and mid-sized companies.  KuberDock represents a new direction for container technologies, which have largely been focused on enterprise adoption. 

“KuberDock is the first service of its kind that finally allows hosting companies to complete with giants like Amazon AWS, Google and Azure offering Docker container servicers,” Seletskiy said in a statement. “With KuberDock, hosting companies can use Docker containers to run a lot more apps on the same server and to offer application hosting using Docker format quickly and easily.”

CloudLinux built KuberDock exclusively for service producers with multi-tenant environments to host Docker containers; more than 50 have already signed up for the beta.  CloudLinux also markets its flagship CloudLinux OS, designed for multi-tenant hosting providers, which runs on 25,000 production servers today.  Its KernelCare product offers automated kernel security updates without reboots for most popular Linux distribution. Its customers include LiquidWeb and Dell.    

“With KuberDock, hosters can deploy apps faster, and easier, using a seamless integration with their existing control panels,” Seletskiy said in March. “We have made KuberDock easy for DevOps and developers. DevOps no longer need to worry about infrastructure and developers can deploy their apps through the KuberDock interface.”

With KuberDock, hosting providers can:

  • Allow end-user customers to deploy any dockerized application quickly.
  • Offer apps as an add-on service for their shared hosting customers.
  • Expand their application hosting portfolio by gaining easy access to more than 70,000 dockerized applications through the Docker hub.
  • Access third-party billing and custom control panels through  APIs.

“Users want apps, not servers,” Seletskiy said in a presentation earlier this year, saying hosting providers can set up Kuberdock in “a few hours.”