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Webinar Q&A: Introducing Docker Enterprise Edition (EE)

A few weeks ago we announced Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), the trusted, certified and supported container platform. Docker EE enables IT teams to establish a Containers as a Service (CaaS) environment to converge legacy, ISV and microservices apps into a single software supply chain that is flexible, secure and infrastructure independent. With a built in orchestration architecture (swarm mode) Docker EE allows app teams to compose and schedule simple to complex apps to drive their digital transformation initiatives.

On March 14th we hosted a live webinar to provide an overview and demonstration of Docker EE. View the recorded session below and read through some of the most popular questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is Docker EE licensed?

A: Docker EE is licensed per node. A node is an instance running on a bare metal or virtual server. For more details visit

Q: Is Google Cloud also one of your certified infrastructure partners?

A: Docker EE is available today for both Azure and AWS. Google Cloud is currently offered as a private beta with Docker Community Edition. Learn more in this blog post and sign up at 

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Q&A: 15 Questions AWS Users Ask About DDC For AWS

Docker is deployed across all major cloud service providers, including AWS. So when we announced Docker Datacenter for AWS (which makes it even easier to deploy DDC on AWS) and showed live demos of the solution at AWS re:Invent 2016 it was no surprise that we received a ton of interest about the solution. Docker Datacenter for AWS, as you can guess from its name, is now the easiest way to install and stand up the Docker Datacenter (DDC)  stack on an AWS EC2 cluster. If you are an AWS user and you are looking for an enterprise container management platform, then this blog will help answer questions you have about using DDC on AWS.

In last week’s webinar,  Harish Jayakumar,  Solutions Engineer at Docker, provided a solution overview and demo to showcase how the tool works, and some of the cool features within it. You can watch the recording of the webinar below:

We also hosted a live Q&A session at the end where we opened up the floor to the audience and did our best to get through as many questions as we could. Below, are fifteen of the questions that we received from the audience. We selected Continue reading

What To Expect from Docker at AWS re:Invent 2016

It’s the age of IT transformation. Spurred on by developers, adoption of Docker containers has empowered application teams to transform the way they build, ship and run applications, allowing for faster and more frequent delivery. Initially seen as a tool mainly for developers, Docker is now at the center of key enterprise initiatives, and has attracted the attention of IT operations teams. Enterprise IT ops teams use Docker to maintain control over their environment and boost security as they embrace cloud strategies like hybrid cloud and multi-cloud.

AWS re:Invent

Docker at AWS re:Invent 2016

This adoption of Docker within the cloud is why we are excited to be at AWS re:Invent 2016. If you’re going to be at the show, we hope you stop by booth #622. Docker employees will be showing live demos, and will be on hand to answer questions. We’ll of course be passing out free Docker swag as well.

This year we’ll be showing two types of demos at the booth:

1.     Docker Datacenter (DDC)  demo – In this demo attendees will learn about Docker Datacenter, our commercial solution that delivers an enterprise container management platform. The platform is supported by Docker Continue reading

What’s New in Docker Datacenter with Engine 1.12 – Demo Q&A

Last week we announced the latest release of Docker Datacenter (DDC) with Engine 1.12 integration, which includes Universal Control Plane (UCP) 2.0 and Docker Trusted Registry (DTR) 2.1. Now, IT operations teams can manage and secure their environment more effectively and developers can self-service select from an even more secure image base. Docker Datacenter with Engine 1.12 boasts improvements in orchestration and operations, end to end security (image signing, policy enforcement, mutual TLS encryption for clusters), enables Docker service deployments and includes an enhanced UI. Customers also have backwards compatibility for Swarm 1.x and Compose.

Docker Datacenter Demo


To showcase some of these new features we hosted a webinar where we provided an overview of Docker Datacenter, talked through some of the new features and showed a live demo of solution. Watch the recording of the webinar below:



We hosted a Q&A session at the end of the webinar and have included some of the most common audience questions  received.

Audience Q&A

Can I still deploy run and deploy my applications built with a previous Docker Engine version?

Yes. UCP 2.0 automatically sets up and manages a Swarm cluster alongside the native built-in swarm-mode Continue reading

5 Tales from the Docker Crypt

(Cue the Halloween music)

Welcome to my crypt. This is the Docker crypt keeper speaking and I’ll be your spirit guide on your journey through the dangerous and frightening world of IT applications. Today you will learn about 5 spooky application stories covering everything from cobweb covered legacy processes to shattered CI/CD pipelines. As these stories unfold, you will hear  how Docker helped banish cost, complexity and chaos.

Tale 1 – “Demo Demons”

Splunk was on a mission to enable their employees and partners across the globe to deliver demos of their software regardless of where they’re located in the world, and have each demo function consistently. These business critical demos include everything from Splunk security, to web analytics and IT service intelligence. This vision proved to be quite complex to execute. At times their SEs would be in customer meetings, but their demos would sometimes fail. They needed to ensure that each of their 30 production demos within their Splunk Oxygen demo platform could live forever in eternal greatness.

To ensure their demos were working smoothly with their customers, Splunk uses Docker Datacenter, our on-premises solution that brings container management and deployment services to the enterprise via an integrated platform. Images are Continue reading

The 4 Biggest Questions About Docker from VMworld 2016

Simply incredible. We spent last week at VMworld speaking with thousands of enterprise security, infrastructure and virtualization pros. It was humbling to witness all of the curiosity and excitement around Docker at the show, and how Docker clearly made a strong impression on the attendees.


This curiosity around Docker and its use within enterprise environments is the reason why i’m writing this blog. We noticed that there were many of the same questions that arose, and we figured we should share them with you, as you start your journey towards adopting Docker containers and VMs.

Here are the most commonly asked questions from the conference.

  1. What is Docker? Or even a container? Is it a lightweight VM? Can I use it with vSphere? What value do they provide?



A Docker container is a standard unit in which application code, binaries and libraries can be packaged and isolated. The Docker Engine is the runtime installed on your infrastructure of choice and is what executes commands to build and deploy containers. Many containers can be connected together to form a Continue reading

The Dockerizing of VMworld 2016

Containers have landed…in VMs in the enterprise.

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 9.16.50 AM.pngDocker’s adoption continues to grow in the enterprise. There have been over 5 billion images pulls, and 60% of users are running Docker in production environments. Today Docker is run everywhere – from development to production; in the cloud, on virtual machines and bare-metal servers. Enterprise application teams around the world are seeing the value of Docker containers and how they help them containerize their existing applications to save money and better utilize infrastructure resources.

To get the latest with Docker and vms stop by our Docker booth #2362 at VMworld. Containers and vms are different but are complementary when it comes to application deployment. With their ability to optimize infrastructure resources, accelerate deployment and provide additional security, Docker containers bring some serious benefits to virtualized workloads within enterprise environments. Additionally, a Dockerized workload gains portability as containers move from VMs or bare metal systems, on prem or in the cloud. That same platform serves as the foundation for your new microservices applications as well.


The Docker booth experience you won’t want to miss:

Live demos – Three live  demos will be featured in the booth, including:

  1. Deploy your very first Docker container with a quick hands Continue reading

The 10 Most Common Questions IT Admins ask About Docker

CnNSmL1VMAAzTx9.jpgOver the past few months we have attended a string of industry tradeshow events, helping to teach the enterprise world about Docker. We were at HPE Discover, DockerCon, RedHat Summit and Cisco Live all within the past 6weeks! I had the pleasure of helping to represent Docker at each of these awesome events and got to speak with attendees about Docker for the enterprise.
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Indiana University Uses Docker Datacenter for Production-Ready Orchestration

Founded in 1820, Indiana University has over 115,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 20,000 faculty members and eight campuses located throughout the State of Indiana. The University’s vision is to provide their students with the best possible education experience via a world-class IT team.

For almost a decade the university was building custom scripts and deploying their applications onto VMs running on RHEL 6. A process that involved lots of manual work. In addition to this, their environment was optimized for their legacy Java-based applications.

In order to give their students the best experience possible, the University needed to not only modernize their 150 applications that span across both administrative and student lines and include everything from human resources based applications, course selection, finances and other student-facing applications. They also needed the ability to deploy their applications across their multi-host datacenter environment. They required a production-ready solution. A tool that would enable them to build new process around packaging, deployment, management, and scale for both centralized and de-centralized environments at the same time.

For this, Indiana University turned to the Docker Datacenter (DDC) solution. DDC is our commercial solution that delivers a Containers as a Service platform and includes: Universal Control Continue reading

ADP + Docker Datacenter Delivers Security and Scale for Both Legacy and Microservices Applications

At DockerCon 2016, the second day’s general session featured products and stories related to Docker running in the enterprise. From product demonstrations of integrated security features, to deployment templates to a session featuring Keith Fulton, CTO of ADP, speaking about their evolution to a tech company and how Docker Datacenter enables them to ship faster, securely at scale across apps big and small.

ADP is the largest global provider of cloud based human capital management (HCM) solutions. ADP has over 630,000 clients that span more than 35 million users in over 100 countries. More than just payroll services, ADP delivers solutions across the entire spectrum of HCM for their customers in each one of these areas with right sized versions for SMBs, mid market and large enterprises.



This breadth and depth of solutions developed over the last 60 years does lead to some complexity in product development. ADP views this as a transition from a services company to a technology company and Docker is the key to future acceleration. Speeding up product development, not just in writing more code faster, but also helping ADP ship the resulting end product faster. Docker enables them to have a common Continue reading

Using Docker Datacenter for Enterprise-Ready Orchestration – The SA Home Loans Story

Orchestration for dockerized applications in production has been a huge reason for why today’s enterprises have begun to leverage Docker Datacenter.

Universal Control Plane, the management layer of the Docker Container-as-a-Service platform delivers production-level orchestration. The tool enables enterprise IT ops teams to manage, deploy and scale their applications across their multi-node clusters. These clusters can be comprised of nodes that exist both in cloud providers like Azure and AWS as well as in the datacenter. Universal Control Plane comes with Docker Swarm embedded into it, giving it the power to create clusters and scale applications across their environment, regardless of infrastructure type, all with support from the Docker team.

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CI/CD with Docker Cloud

So you want to innovate faster, right? Continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) are some of the most common, but impactful use cases for teams who are looking to Dockerize their environment. The key to CI/CD is being able to … Continued

Video: What’s New in Docker Swarm 1.1

Last week we released our Docker Datacenter solution to the world, bringing container management and deployment to the enterprise with an on-premises Containers-as-a-Service platform. Universal Control Plane, part of the Docker Datacenter solution, enables IT operations teams to manage and … Continued