Ah Docker – Probably the coolest logo of any tech company I know! Certainly as of late that whale has been all the rage, well, more-so those containers sitting up on top of him. We’ve seen the likes of Microsoft and VMware all declaring support for Docker – we have saw startups spawning around Docker supporting things such as management and persistent storage. All of this says to me that containers and Docker are pretty much gearing up to go mainstream and start being utilized in a lot more enterprises around the world. Docker is is the last company to present at Tech Field Day 12 – and in my opinion “last but not least” certainly applies to this situation.
So who’s Docker?
So, in terms of who/what Docker is, well they are kind of one of the same – confused? Docker is essentially a project, an open source project, where-as Docker Inc is the company that originally authored said project. While the use of Docker containers is most certainly free, Docker the company sells services and solutions around them…
So what does Docker offer?
First up is support – open source software is great and all, but for adoption in the enterprise you certainly need to have someone whom you can call upon when things go awry – companies like RedHat and Canonical certainly know this space well. Software’s free, support is extra – and that’s one element that Docker the company comes into play offering support on case by case basis, as well as premium subscriptions around the container world.
Next, is Docker Datacenter – In it’s basic Docker Datacenter is a service which allows customers to get the same agility, efficiency and portability of containers, but bringing security, policy and controls into the mix. All things that again, enterprises prefer when going “all-in” to a product. It can be deployed both on-premises or in a virtual private cloud type deployment hosted by Docker.
To be totally honest I’ve read a lot about containers but haven’t actually been involved in any “production” deployments as I’ve been striving to find use-cases around them. I can see this changing in the future – with VMware moving into the space, making it easier and easier to deploy containers alongside your virtual machines it’s only a matter of time before containers really hit mainstream. I’m excited to see what Docker has to talk about during Tech Field Day 12. If you want to follow along the whole event will be live-streamed. I’ll hopefully have the stream going, as well as all my other Field Day content on my page here – and for more information and everything Tech Field Day 12head over to the official page here. Thanks for reading!