1Docker Turns 5: A Look at How the Technology Popularized Containers
In March 2013, Solomon Hykes introduced the world to a new generation of Linux containers that he dubbed Docker. Over the last five years, Docker as a technology and as a company has remade both itself and the software industry. According to Docker, there are more than 3.5 million applications that have been “Dockerized,” or converted into container applications. Container applications are being broadly used as well, with over 37 billion downloads of containers over the last five years. As a technology platform, Docker has transformed from a single effort in 2013 to a broad set of projects and open-source efforts in 2018. In this slide show, eWEEK provides eight quick facts about Docker in celebration of its fifth birthday.
2Solomon Hykes Creates Docker in March 2013
In March 2013, Solomon Hykes launched the Docker project while running his platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company dotCloud. Docker became popular quickly, and dotCloud rebranded itself as Docker Inc. that October. In August 2014, Docker Inc. sold off the last remnants of its dotCloud business to German PaaS vendor cloudControl.
3Docker 1.0 Adds First Commercial Support
4Docker Continues to Gain Momentum
Docker use has grown since the project’s creation and the 1.0 release, with Docker now a widely deployed technology. According to Docker Inc., there are approximately 3.5 million Dockerized container applications and, in total, there have been 37 billion container downloads by individuals and companies.
5Steve Singh Leads Docker
6Moby Project Enables Container Systems
7Containerd Is Docker’s Container Runtime
8Docker Supports Rival Kubernetes
Running multiple containers requires an orchestration and clustering system, which is what Docker Inc. has been providing with its Swarm technology. In October 2017, Docker Inc. announced that it would also begin supporting rival Kubernetes container orchestration, which has become increasingly popular in recent years.
95th Birthday at Docker HQ in San Francisco
Docker Inc. is planning on celebrating Docker’s fifth birthday at its San Francisco headquarters on March 22. In addition, more than 65 other events worldwide will further celebrate Docker’s birthday.