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Posted by Charlie Dai on June 10, 2014
On June 9, Docker.com announced that it will release version 1.0 of Docker, an open source platform that could automate the deployment of various types of applications as lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers and run them virtually on any infrastructure. This announcement indicates that the platform is ready for commercial use, including lightweight, portable runtime support and packaging via Docker Engine and cloud services for application sharing and process automation via Docker Hub.
We talked to some early adopters of Docker, including global ISVs and local solution providers. We believe that Docker-based solutions will disrupt the server virtualization market segment and further drive the adoption of cloud because of their:
Unlike hypervisor-based solutions such as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, Docker leverages Linux containers for virtualization. As a result, the containers will be much smaller than traditional virtual machine (VM) images and boot much faster than VMs. Developers can also easily compare containers, debug any problems, and deploy containers onto Amazon Web Services.
Docker still has a long way to go. It must enable complex enterprise applications in the cloud, much as VMware vApp simplifies the deployment of multitier applications, have more user-friendly graphical user interfaces for easy management, and provide more debugging and tracing features. But we believe that it’s time for tech management decision-makers to keep an eye on Docker and consider embedding it into cloud solutions to improve business outcomes.
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