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The Role of Enterprise Container Platforms

As container technology adoption continues to advance and mature, companies now recognize the importance of an enterprise container platform. More than just a runtime for applications, a container platform provides a complete management solution for securing and operationalizing applications in containers at scale over the entire software lifecycle.

While containers may have revolutionized the way developers package applications, container platforms are changing the way enterprises manage and secure both mission-critical legacy applications and microservices both on prem and across multiple clouds. Enterprises are beginning to see that container runtime and orchestration technologies alone don’t address these critical questions:

  • Where did this application come from?
  • Was the application built with company and/or industry best practices in mind?
  • Has this application undergone a security review?
  • Is my cluster performing as expected?
  • If my application is failing or underperforming, where should I look?
  • Will this environment run the same on the new hardware/cloud that we’re using?
  • Can I use my existing infrastructure and/or tools with this container environment?

Leading Industry Analysts Highlight Container Platforms for Enterprise Adoption

For some time, there was a lot of confusion in the market between orchestration solutions and container platforms. But in 2018, we are seeing more alignment across major Continue reading

Now Open: DockerCon Europe Diversity Scholarship!

Over the last 3 years, Docker has provided over 75 financial scholarships to members of the Docker community, who are traditionally underrepresented, to attend DockerCon. By actively promoting diversity of all kinds, our goal is make DockerCon a safe place for all to learn, belong and collaborate.

With the continued support of Docker and one of our DockerCon scholarship sponsors, the Open Container Initiative (OCI), we are excited to announce the launch of the DockerCon Europe Diversity Scholarship Program. This year, we are increasing the number of scholarships we are granting to ensure attending DockerCon is an option for all.

 

Apply Now!

Deadline to Apply:

Friday, 26 October, 2018 at 5:00PM PST

Selection Process

A committee of Docker community members will review and select the scholarship recipients. Recipients will be notified by the week of 7 November 2018.

What’s included:

Full Access DockerCon Conference Pass

Please note, travel expenses are not covered under the scholarship and are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.

Requirements

Must be able to attend DockerCon Europe 2018

Must be 18 years old or older to apply

Must be able to travel to Barcelona, Spain

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Hands-on Learning Opportunities at DockerCon EU

 

The value of attending a conference is measured by how much you can learn and who you will meet. While DockerCon has you covered on both fronts. We know that everyone learns differently so the conference provides three options for you.

Workshops: Starting this year at DockerCon San Francisco, we introduced a track dedicated to workshops where technical experts deliver 2-hour deep dive sessions with hands-on tutorials to deepen your understanding of Docker technology, Kubernetes, Isito and solutions from our ecosystem partners. Included as part of your conference pass, you must pre-register for workshops to save your seat.  

Hands on Labs: I instructor-led isn’t your thing, check out the self-paced Hands-On Labs. Also included with our conference pass, Hands-On Labs are available at any time throughout the conference. Drop in between sessions or anytime – grab a seat and launch a tutorial. Docker moderators will be on hand to help answer questions.

Training: In addition, you can add official Docker training courses to your DockerCon schedule at a discounted rate. Come early to Barcelona for a 2 day training course led by Docker authorized instructors and designed specifically for your role in using containers. Each course features a variety Continue reading

Docker Certified Plugins From Networking Partners

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The Docker Certified Technology Program is designed for ecosystem partners and customers to recognize Containers and Plugins that excel in quality, collaborative support and compliance. Docker Certification gives organizations enterprises an easy way to run trusted software and components in containers on the Docker Enterprise container platform with support from both Docker and the publisher.  

In this review, we’re looking at Docker Network Plugins. Networking has long been a vertical in the enterprise cloud and data center that has no shortage of complexity. Just as an overarching goal of Docker Enterprise is to make deploying and operating containers as simple as possible, the same goal applies to making Swarm networking as simple as possible. This powerful abstraction of complexity, is applicable regardless of whether in the customers data center or spread across multiple clouds. In some cases Docker Enterprise solves customer problems by shipping built-in plugins and in other scenarios the user’s needs are solved by innovations from the extensive Docker ecosystem. These solutions are validated by both Docker and the partner company and integrated into a seamless support pipeline that provide customers the world class support they have become accustomed to when working with Docker.

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Announcing the DockerCon EU 2018 Sessions

 

DockerCon EU 2018 sessions focus on how Docker works for you. From the latest in Docker technology, to how-tos for your developer and IT infrastructure and operations team, to customer stories on how they are transforming their business with Docker, this year’s program was revamped based on audience feedback. The result –  we’ve doubled your favorite content! That’s right, we’ve expanded our popular Using Docker track into two customized tracks for those that are hands on with Docker technology on a daily basis – Using Docker for Developers and Using Docker for IT Infrastructure and Operations.  

DockerCon is for Teams

DockerCon is better with friends and colleagues. In Barcelona we are introducing tracks specifically dedicated to developers and IT Infrastructure and Operations professionals. Combined with hands-on learning opportunities with Official Training, Workshops and Labs, there is no shortage of ways to level up on how to work with containers every day. So grab your colleagues and register together to take advantage of our DockerCon for Teams offer: Teams of 4 or more get 10% off their registration and 10 or more get 20% off.

Using Docker for Developers

This track is designed to cover the range of topics applicable Continue reading

What We Heard About Containers and Windows Server App Migration at Microsoft Ignite

Ever since Microsoft CVP Erin Chapelle spoke about the future of Windows Containers at DockerCon earlier this year, there has been excitement around the general availability of Windows Server 2019. That announcement came last week at the Microsoft Ignite Conference in Orlando.

Ignite was a tremendous opportunity for us to discuss the containerization journey with companies of all shapes and sizes. A central theme: what to do with large numbers of applications running today on Windows Server 2008, an operating system that will reach the end of its supported lifecycle in a mere 15 months.

Here are some common questions discussed last week at Ignite:

Q: What challenges do legacy Windows Server applications present?

A: Legacy applications have several challenges:

  • Fragile dependencies between the OS, application and other components
  • Lost knowledge when original development teams move on.
  • The stickiness of legacy .NET applications, with 70 percent of .NET apps still running on Windows Server 2003 or 2008.

Q: Are Docker containers only a public cloud technology?

A: Containers are the fastest growing cloud enabling technology, and are often used to enable cloud migration initiatives. Jabil Circuit, GE Digital and Lindsay Corporation are among many customers that have used containers Continue reading

Back By Popular Demand – Docker Pals Is Coming To Barcelona!

At DockerCon Copenhagen we launched the Docker Pals program in order to connect attendees and help them make the most out of their trip to DockerCon. Attending a conference by yourself can be intimidating and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at DockerCon! Pals get matched with a few others who are new (the “Pals”), and someone who knows their way around (the “Guide”) so that you will know someone before you arrive at the conference. So, DockerCon veterans, please consider signing up to be a Guide and help welcome those newer to DockerCon to the amazing Docker community. Participating gives you the opportunity to learn even more, grow an even bigger network, and have even more fun!

Here’s what Pals had to say:

“Docker Pals was an excellent opportunity to meet new Docker Captains and Community Leaders who are open to engaging with container enthusiasts of all skill levels, specialities and backgrounds. I would certainly take advantage of the program again, and volunteer to be a Guide next year.” – Jackie Liu

“I was able to learn and understand how Docker is used in real time and in production with my fellow Docker Pal.” – Continue reading

Docker Certified Storage Partners Review – Sept. 2018

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The Docker Certified Technology Program is designed for ecosystem partners and customers to recognize containers and plugins that excel in quality, collaborative support and compliance. Docker Certification gives organizations an easy way to run trusted software and components in containers on the Docker Enterprise container platform with support from both Docker and the publisher.  

In this review, we’re looking at Docker Volume Plugins. In any production Docker Enterprise  deployment, it is important to have the ability to manage storage for persistent applications. While it is  possible to use traditional SAN and NAS solutions directly with Docker Enterprise with Swarm orchestration, it is actually much easier and more convenient to manage volumes through the Docker CLI and management interfaces by specifying a Docker-native volume driver so users can manage volumes on demand.

Check out the latest certified Docker Volume Plugins that are now available from our partners on Docker Store:

Along with Docker Volume plugins, we also have partners with container-based storage solutions in Docker Store:

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3 Ways Docker Customers Future-Proof Legacy Windows Server Applications

In 2018, why are we still talking about legacy Windows applications? Why are we holding onto Windows Servers that are a decade old? The simple answer — the applications on those servers still work, and they still serve a business purpose. But they can become a significant liability.

Many of our customers are containerizing legacy Windows 2003 and 2008 applications today with Docker Enterprise, making them portable to new Windows Server platforms and the cloud with no code changes. These three examples — Jabil Circuit, a bank, and GE Digital, showcase the depth of what you can do with Docker Enterprise to modernize legacy Windows applications.

Jabil Modernizes Legacy Windows Apps for Cloud Migration

Jabil, one of world’s most technologically advanced manufacturing solution providers with over 100 sites in 29 countries, has embarked on a digital journey to modernize their technology infrastructure. They have a “cloud-first” strategy that requires modernizing over 100 legacy .NET and Java applications, many of which are running on Windows 2008 and 2012.

They’ve deployed Docker Enterprise and windows containers to successfully migrate the applications from legacy Windows servers to Windows Server 2016 on Microsoft Azure cloud. Now that the first phase is complete, Jabil has Continue reading

Docker at Microsoft Ignite 2018

 

Docker will be at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, FL the week of Sept 24th to showcase the latest release of Docker Enterprise. Specifically, we will be sharing insights for how to move your legacy Windows applications from Windows Server 2003/2008 to Windows Server 2016 and Azure.

Visit Docker in Booth #644 to learn more about how we’re helping IT organizations learn about Docker Enterprise tools that help you to id and containerize Windows legacy applications. We’ll have technical experts there to answer your questions.

Make sure to check out these sessions featuring Docker:

  • From Ops to DevOps with Windows Containers and Windows Server 2019. Specifically we are highlighting Lindsay, a joint Docker Microsoft customer that has migrated Windows legacy apps with Docker Enterprise to Azure. You can get more details about the session here.
  • Thursday 9/27 @ 2pm: HPE Theatre in the HPE booth #2125. The session will focus on how Docker Enterprise is  helping customers migrate their legacy apps and run them in a hybrid environment.
  • Get a Hands on Tutorial at the Docker User Group

Docker is also partnering with Docker Captains in Orlando to deliver a hands-on lab focused on migrating a legacy Continue reading

Windows Server 2008 Cutoff: How Docker Enterprise Cures Migration Headaches

The coming end-of-support for Windows Server 2008 is the perfect opportunity for IT organizations to tap Docker Enterprise to modernize and secure legacy applications while saving millions in the process.

THE END IS NIGH (FOR WINDOWS SERVER 2008)

The coming end-of-support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2020 leaves IT organizations with a few viable options: migrate to a supported operating system (OS), rehost in Azure, or pay for an extended support contract (up to 75% of the license fee per year) to receive security updates beyond the cut-off date. The option of doing nothing (running applications on unsupported OS versions) is a non-starter for the vast majority of businesses, as this poses a significant security and compliance risk. We saw the impact of this last year when a massive ransomware attack that affected nearly 100 countries spread by targeting end-of-life and unpatched systems.

THE APPLICATION MIGRATION MIGRAINE

Upgrading will be no small feat as roughly 80% of all enterprise applications run on Windows Server. Of those applications, 70% still run on Windows Server 2008 or earlier versions*. Migrating all of these critical applications to a supported version of Windows Server is painful and costly, due to rigid legacy Continue reading

5 Reasons to Attend DockerCon

Are you ready to get started with Docker and containers or level up your current use?

Join the Docker team, the container ecosystem, contributors and maintainers, developers, IT professionals and executives at DockerCon Barcelona December 3-5. DockerCon is the must attend conference to learn, network and innovate with the container industry.

Besides Barcelona being a beautiful city with delicious food, here are our top 5 reasons to attend DockerCon:

  1. Think big. Docker containers and our container platform are being used everywhere for everything. Your possibilities are endless, from sending rockets to space to literally save the earth from asteroids, to running intensive genomics analysis to find cures for diseases or keeping e-commerce running smoothly for black Friday shoppers. Come to DockerCon and imagine your digital future.
  2. Start small. The promise of containerization is big, but the sheer volume of options can be intimidating. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. DockerCon has a path for you for each stage of the journey: from getting started, to launching your first project, to scaling out your environment, to building some new and innovating.
  3. The. Best. Content. DockerCon is known for its amazing speakers who deliver real takeaways and lessons learned. Continue reading

Get to Know Docker Desktop

Today on the Edge release channels, we released a new beta version of Docker Desktop, the product formerly known as Docker for Windows and Docker for Mac. You can download this new Edge release for both Windows and macOS. Docker Desktop enables you to start coding and containerizing in minutes and is the easiest way to run Docker Engine, Docker Swarm and Kubernetes on Mac and Windows. In addition to simple setup, Docker Desktop also includes other great features and capabilities such as:

  • Fast edit-test cycles with volume mounting for code and data, including file change notifications.
  • If you want to switch from Swarm to Kubernetes for orchestration, it’s a click of a button in the Docker Desktop UI.
  • On Windows desktops, you can develop both Windows and Linux containers with Docker Desktop using a toggle selection in the UI.
  • Docker Desktop handles the setup and teardown of lightweight VMs on both Windows and macOS, using Hyper-V on Windows desktops and Hyperkit on macOS.
  • Built-in enterprise network support allows Docker Desktop to work with choice of VPNs and proxies.

You may have already noticed the new Docker Desktop name on www.docker.com, and over the next few months we Continue reading

Join the Beta for Docker Engine 18.09

A few weeks back, we announced changes to extend the maintenance lifecycle for Docker Engine – Community (CE). As part of these changes, we’re having a beta testing period to deliver a higher-quality engine to the market.

We’d like to invite our community members to now participate in this beta testing by installing the beta package, kicking the tires, and submitting issues.

 

Docker Engine – Community version 18.09 adds these new features:

  • Built on containerd – Docker Engine’s new architecture is based on containerd 1.2 and fully supported through the Kubernetes containerd integration.
  • BuildKit is now generally available – Access improved build performance (see slides 22-26) and scalability with the optional BuildKit integration. BuildKit remains opt-in with an environment variable, e.g.
        $ DOCKER_BUILDKIT=1 docker build .

You can also set the feature option in /etc/docker/daemon.json to enable BuildKit by default:

 {"features":{"buildkit": true}}
        $ docker -H ssh://[email protected]

Install Instructions:

Only install the beta package on a new system without previous versions of docker-ce installed.

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Top Questions from VMworld 2018


Last week, the Docker team had a chance to interact with the attendees of VMworld to talk about containers and container platforms. We spoke to companies in all stages of their containerization journey – some were just getting started and figuring out where containers may be used, others had started early containerization projects, some had mature container environments. Here are some of the most common questions we were asked.

Q: We have developers that are using Docker containers now, but what is the relevancy of containers to me (as an IT or virtualization admin)?

A: While developers were the first to adopt containers, there are many benefits of containers for IT:

  • Server consolidation: While virtualization did increase the number of virtual machines per server, studies show that servers are still greatly underutilized. On average, Docker Enterprise customers see 50% greater server consolidation with containerization. That means being able to pack more workloads onto existing infrastructure or even reducing the number of servers and therefore saving on licensing and hardware costs.
  • Easier patching and maintenance: Containerized applications can be updated easily through changes to the source image file. This also means it’s possible to update and rollback patches on the Continue reading

Imagine Yourself on the DockerCon Stage

We want to hear from you

Share your story of how Docker and containers work for you at DockerCon EU in Barcelona Dec 3-5, 2018. DockerCon is the industry-leading container conference where thought leaders and the community of developers, IT professionals, architects and business leaders come together to learn, discover and engage with each other. Part of the learning experience is hearing about the possibilities of containerization from other teams using containers.

Don’t be shy about proposing your idea – no topic is too small or too big. For every presentation given, there are hundreds of people who learn and relate to the experience and insights that you share.  Some of the best talks have come from people just like you — and for some, DockerCon is their very first time public speaking. Our team is standing by to help with any first timers’ jitters too!

The deadline to submit a topic is just around the corner: Sept. 8, 2018

SUBMIT YOUR TALK HERE

What do people want to hear about?

DockerCon provides a variety of breakouts to address the needs of both developers and IT teams whether they are new to containers or about to scale a global deployment.

Are Containers Replacing Virtual Machines?

With 20,000 partners and attendees converging at VMworld in Las Vegas this week, we often get asked if containers are replacing virtual machines (VMs). Many of our Docker Enterprise customers do run their containers on virtualized infrastructure while others run it on bare metal. Docker provides IT and operators choice on where to run their applications – in a virtual machine, on bare metal, or in the cloud. In this blog we’ll provide a few thoughts on the relationship between VMs and containers.

Containers versus Virtual Machines

Point #1: Containers Are More Agile than VMs

At this stage of container maturity, there is very little doubt that containers give both developers and operators more agility. Containers deploy quickly, deliver immutable infrastructure and solve the age-old “works on my machine” problem. They also replace the traditional patching process, allowing organizations to respond to issues faster and making applications easier to maintain.

Point #2: Containers Enable Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Adoption

Once containerized, applications can be deployed on any infrastructure – on virtual machines, on bare metal, and on various public clouds running different hypervisors. Many organizations start with running containers on their virtualized infrastructure and find it easier to then migrate to Continue reading

The “Depend on Docker” Philosophy at Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Alex Iankoulski and Arun Subramaniyan co-authored this blog.

BHGE is the world’s leading full stream Oil & Gas company on a mission to find better ways to deliver energy to the world. BHGE Digital develops enterprise grade cloud-first SaaS solutions to improve efficiency and reduce non-productive time for the Oil & Gas industry.

In our group, we have developed an analytics-driven product portfolio to enable company-wide digital transformation for our customers. Challenges ranging from predicting the failures of mission-critical industrial assets such as gas turbines to optimizing the conditions of an Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) to increase production, which require building and maintaining sophisticated analytics at scale.

The past few years have taught us this: where there is a whale, there is a way!

We were happy to share our story at DockerCon recently, and wanted to share it here on the Docker blog as well. You can watch the session here:

 

 

We face two major challenges in delivering advanced analytics:

  1. Data silos
    We must handle a multitude of data sources that range from disconnected historical datasets to high speed sensor streams. Industrial data volumes and velocities dwarf even the largest ERP implementations as shown below.

Analytics silos
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Learn More About Docker at VMworld 2018

The Docker team will be at VMworld in Las Vegas next week (Aug. 26-30) to interact with IT leaders and virtualization administrators and share the latest on Docker Enterprise – the leading enterprise-ready container platform that supports your choice of technology stacks, application types, operating systems and infrastructure. Register today to get a guided tour of Docker Enterprise.

 

Secure Your Legacy, Protect Your Future – See How Docker Works for Windows Server Migrations

Come by Booth #2513 near the Mobility Zone to learn more about container platforms and how Docker Enterprise is the only solution that can help IT migrate applications from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2016 – without recoding!

Windows Server 2008 is approaching End of Support which means security and maintenance patches will be discontinued. Don’t risk your business critical apps with an unpatched and unsupported operating system. Discover the simplest way to move off of Windows Server 2008 (and even Windows Server 2003) with a proven methodology using Docker Enterprise and  purpose-built containerization. With Docker, you can:

  • Eliminate legacy app security risks and improve reliability
  • Make your apps portable and cloud-ready
  • Cut costs by 50% from increased server consolidation and operational efficiencies

Stop by, talk to our Continue reading

An Update on the Docker FIPS 140-2 Compliance Initiative

Last year, we announced our pursuit of FIPS 140-2 validation of the Docker Enterprise container platform. This meant starting with the included cryptography components at the Docker Engine foundation to better address the rigorous security requirements of government agencies and others in regulated industries. Over the last year, we’ve progressed through the NIST Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), from “Implementation Under Test” to “Module In Process” and are nearing full completion of validation. Track our progress online at NIST’s CMVP website and as of this post, we are “Module In Process, Coordination”. We are anticipating full validation of Docker Engine – Enterprise in the coming months.

Recently Docker Engine – Enterprise version 18.03 was released, our first to include the FIPS 140-2 compliant modules currently undergoing validation by the NIST CMVP. These modules cover the cryptography elements in Docker Engine – Enterprise and are used when Engines are deployed standalone or with Docker Swarm enabled.

Compliance from Docker Engine to Container Platform

Additionally we are working to bring the FIPS 140-2 compliant modules into the remainder of the Docker Enterprise container platform and make this available to our customers. This will include FIPS 140-2 compliance for the private registry and management Continue reading

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