Docker Acquisition Hints at Future Enterprise Virtualization Plans
The hot virtualization vendor makes its second acquisition in as many months with the purchase of Koality; what is it building?Open-source virtualization vendor Docker Inc. today announced the acquisition of privately held developer software firm Koality, in a bid to help build out its enterprise product. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed. David Messina, vice president of marketing at Docker, told eWEEK that as part of the deal, all four members of the core Koality engineering team will be joining Docker. Koality builds a continuous integration (CI) technology platform that aims to enable developers to accelerate software testing. The Koality technology will now help Docker build out its own enterprise products. "The Koality acquisition is about bringing a Docker Hub Enterprise solution to market more quickly," Messina explained. "The Koality team has built up a skill set and specific technology that is optimized to work well with enterprise application development life cycles that align with the security and compliance requirements of highly regulated industries." Docker Inc. is the lead commercial sponsor of the open-source Docker container virtualization project. In September, Docker announced that it has raised $40 million in a Series C round of funding in a bid to help further its market and technology development efforts. One of those efforts is the Docker Hub Enterprise platform.
Docker Hub first debuted alongside the Docker 1.0 release in June, providing users with software development life cycle services. Currently, Docker Hub is available in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, though the company has plans to build out an on-premises enterprise version.