Docker Container Apps Hit the Microsoft Azure Marketplace
Microsoft takes a curated, app store-like approach to spinning up containerized apps on its cloud.A year after dipping its toes into the virtual application container waters, Microsoft has launched a new, curated Container Apps category in the Azure Marketplace. "This is a super simple 'getting started' experience for deploying single and multi-container Dockerized applications utilizing Azure Resource Manager templates and the new Docker Extension," blogged Microsoft Azure Marketplace Vybava Ramadoss, on June 23 as the DockerCon user conference in San Francisco was winding down. "Prior to today's announcement, you needed to launch Docker on an Ubuntu Server to deploy Docker Host and then run containers on the Azure Virtual Machine." "Click the '+ New' and select 'Container Apps' in the Create blade," Ramadoss said. "Container Apps showcases a handful of Official Repositories from Docker Hub. You can jump straight to the deployment flow with one click." In addition to streamlining the process of deploying container apps on the cloud, the move represents another step in the rapid mainstreaming of the technology. Docker has grown so popular, so fast that even bitter rivals are gathering behind the technology and its open-source competitors.
On June 22, the Linux Foundation announced the formation of the Open Container Project (OCP), an influential alliance tasked with advancing Docker, CoreOS and other open-source container platforms. Besides the Linux Foundation, the OCP's founding members include Docker Inc., CoreOS, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, EMC, Google, HP, IBM and Microsoft, among other tech giants.