How Docker Is Growing Its Container Business

Docker CEO Ben Golub Details 2017 Growth Plans

Docker CEO Ben Golub Details 2017 Growth Plans

VIDEO: Ben Golub, CEO of Docker Inc., discusses the business of containers and where Docker is headed.

AUSTIN, Texas—Docker is a name that has become synonymous with the application container revolution in recent years. At the helm of Docker Inc. is CEO Ben Golub, who is tasked with leading the company forward and making sure containers are a good idea for not only developers, but also for paying customers.

In a video interview with eWEEK at the DockerCon 17 conference here this week, Golub details how Docker Inc. has developed its business model and what lies ahead.

"We have built up a subscription business model," Golub said. "What we have seen over the course of the past year, since we have introduced our more serious commercial products, is a great ramp in terms of the number of customers."

There has also been expansion within customers, with organizations that start with Docker expanding their usage on average by five times within six months, according to Golub. Renewal rates are also growing rapidly, he added. 

"The fact that we're building up a customer base in some of the largest companies on the planet with extensive use cases sends very good signals to us about how revenue will be growing over time," Golub said.

Docker now has an Enterprise Edition, with three levels of service and functionality. Docker's focus is on further enhancing functionality and making Docker even easier for organizations to use, according to Golub.

"We think we're in the rare position of being able to build a category-making company," he said. "We have a very unique opportunity to build a world-class company, and that's what we're trying to do."

Watch the full video with Docker CEO Ben Golub above.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

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