Docker at Age 2 Reaches Out Far Beyond Its Roots

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Docker at Age 2 Reaches Out Far Beyond Its Roots

by Sean Michael Kerner

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IBM Embraces Docker

Among Docker's biggest supporters is IBM which announced the IBM Containers Docker-based service in December 2014.

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Amazon has an EC2 Container Service

Amazon is also a backer of Docker and supports the container virtualization technology across multiple products, including the EC2 Container Service and the Elastic Beanstalk.

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VMware Doesn't See Docker as Competitive

Docker represents a different form of virtualization from what VMware has offered. Yet VMware doesn't see the two technologies as being competitive. At the VMworld conference in August 2014, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said, "The best way to deliver containers is through a virtual machine."

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Docker Inc. has Grown by Acquisitions

While Docker has grown organically, it has also grown via acquisitions, including Orchard in October 2014, and both SocketPlane and Kitematic in March 2015.

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Google Kubernetes Orchestrates Containers

Google is also a big backer of Docker and has created the open-source Kubernetes project as a technology that enables container management.

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CoreOS Is in Co-opetition With Docker

CoreOS started out as an optimized clustered operating system for the deployment of Docker containers. In December 2014, CoreOS started its own Rocker container effort, which it hopes to use to replace Docker in the near future.

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RancherOS Is a New Docker-Optimized Operating System

RancherOS is another optimized Linux operating system option for Docker containers, which was first announced in November 2014.

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Red Hat Project Atomic Is Docker Optimized

Red Hat is another key player in the Docker marketplace, and Docker containers can run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat has also created a Docker-optimized version of its platform with Project Atomic.

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ClusterHQ Adds Data Portability to Docker With Flocker

Among the complementary technologies that enhance Docker is ClusterHQ's open-source Flocker project, which aims to solve the data management challenge. Flocker is a lightweight volume and container manager that developers can use to define their application as a set of connected Docker containers.

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CenturyLink's Panamax Aims to Ease Docker Deployment

CenturyLink announced its Panamax Docker virtualization management technology in August 2014. "Panamax is the maximum shipping container size for a container to go through the Panama Canal; so it created standards for shipping containers," Lucas Carlson, chief innovation officer at CenturyLink told eWEEK when Panamax launched. "We are trying to create application standards for Dockerized apps."

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Docker Enables Shippable for DevOps

Docker is also being used to enable the emerging trend of DevOps in multiple ways. Shippable uses Docker as the foundation of its continuous integration platform that developers can use to build and test code.

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Eight Key Attributes That Identify a Truly Hyperconverged IT System

If data center managers and administrators could eliminate the rigidity of server, storage and network switching silos, and the operational headaches that accompany them, how much more effective could they be with their time on a day-to-day basis? What if they had ease of scale and could move at startup speed on any workload? Finally, what if the system drove so much data efficiency that no one would believe the performance rates and capacity savings they were achieving? These are only a few of the promises that hyperconvergence in the data center bring. For the record, hyperconvergence is infrastructure with a software-centric architecture. It tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources plus other technologies in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor. But with so many vendors using the term, how does one know what is true hyperconvergence?...
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