Docker Partners With Salesforce's Mulesoft for Container Applications

The combination of Docker Enterprise and the Mulesoft Anypoint integration platform will enable organizations to more easily bring apps old and new into containers.

Docker Mulesoft

Docker Inc. announced a series of new partnerships on Nov. 15, including a new round of investment from Salesforce Ventures and a partnership with Salesforce's Mulesoft division.

The partnership provides integration between the Docker Enterprise platform and the Salesforce Mulesoft Anypoint platform, which enables organizations to design, build and manage APIs.

"Excited to work with incredible partner @MuleSoft @salesforce to drive value for our customers," Docker CEO Steve Singh wrote in a Twitter message. "Legacy apps run businesses. Now, next gen apps built, run, and managed [alongside legacy apps] using @Docker can drive innovation on top of legacy data."

Docker Enterprise is Docker's flagship platform and provides container deployment, management, security and lifecycle capabilities. Docker Enterprise 2.1 was released on Nov. 8, providing new features to help Windows workloads to work with Docker containers.

Salesforce announced that it was acquiring Mulesoft back in March, in a deal valued at $6.5 billion.

"The partnership with Mulesoft provides the ability for Docker apps to leverage the business logic and data within the Salesforce clouds and ecosystem of applications," Betty Junod, vice president of product marketing, told eWEEK.

While both Mulesoft and Docker have open-source applications, Junod said the initial focus of the integration is around the platforms used in enterprise deployments. 

"The modernization of legacy custom apps to the application network and the ability to do that quickly is new—and now those services are available to developers as they write new apps," she said.

According to Docker, any new applications created in Docker will be automatically securable, accessible and discoverable from the Mulesoft Anypoint platform. As each new application exposes new services in the customer’s application network, organizations benefit from greater reuse and agility, while also improving developer productivity. 

Salesforce Ventures

Alongside the partnership, Docker announced that Salesforce Ventures is investing in Docker Inc.

"We are not disclosing the terms of the new investment but this was part of our Series E extension," Junod said.

Docker's Series E round of funding was first announced in October 2017, initially reported at $75 million. Docker has raised approximately $272.9 million to date. In a June 2018 video with eWEEK, Docker CEO Steve Singh said that he was projecting his company to have "triple digit" revenue in 2018.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.