Docker Datacenter Suite Advances Production Container Technology
Docker isn't just for hobbyist developers and early adopters anymore. Docker Inc. takes the wraps off a new commercial platform that enables containers as a service (CaaS).Docker Inc., the lead commercial sponsor behind the open-source Docker container technology, is expanding its commercially supported product lineup Feb. 23 with the official launch of the Docker Datacenter platform. DDC builds on Docker Inc.'s existing services, including the Docker Universal Control Plane, which was first publicly announced as a beta last November. "Docker Datacenter is a product suite that enables end-to-end application delivery, from the developer all the way through into production," Scott Johnson, senior vice president at Docker Inc., told eWEEK. The DDC platform comprises multiple technologies, including the Docker Universal Control Plane, the Docker Trusted Registry and a commercially supported Docker Engine. The Universal Control Plane had been in beta deployments and is now generally available as part of DDC. What the Universal Control Plane provides is multiple management and deployment capabilities for Docker containers, including access control and resource allocation features. Docker Trusted Registry, on the other hand, is an evolution of the commercial Docker Hub Enterprise product and was first announced in September 2015. With Trusted Registry, organizations are able to benefit from a commercially supported repository technology for secured Docker application images. Until the announcement of DDC today, Trusted Registry was Docker Inc.'s flagship commercial product; in a November 2015 video interview with eWEEK, Docker CEO Ben Golub identified Trusted Registry as the primary item that Docker's customers were paying for.
When Docker first announced the Universal Control Plane at the DockerCon EU event last November in Barcelona, Spain, the goal was to combine it with Trusted Registry to enable a commercial containers-as-a-service (CaaS) offering, which is precisely what DDC is all about, Johnson said.