Docker launches Docker Datacenter “Container-as-a-Service”

Container service aims to support portability of apps across any infrastructure

Docker has unveiled its new container management offering, Docker Datacenter (DDC), designed to help organisations gain control over the creation, movement and administration of containers.

The product will allow organisations to deploy a Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) either on-premise or in a virtual private cloud, the firm said. According to Docker, CaaS is an IT-managed and secured application environment where developers can, in a self-service manner, build and deploy applications.

The DDC is composed of the new Docker Universal Control Plane and Docker Trusted Registry, and also includes open source components such as Docker Engine, Swarm, Content Trust and Networking.

Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker, said that DDC is built upon “years of innovation” in Docker open source projects and ecosystem, and the feedback and experience of early adopters running Docker in production.

"Through Docker Datacenter, we ship an integrated, commercially-supported production environment for container workloads, bringing developers the agility they’ve come to expect from Docker-based applications, with a Docker-native application lifecycle where what they build is what runs in production,” he said.

“This provides IT pros with the level of control and security they need to manage an enterprise-class Container-as-a-Service platform, portable across any infrastructure, both on-premises and in the cloud.”

According to Docker spokesman Banjot Chanana, DDC is designed to work with the environment an organisation currently has, and provides the flexibility to adjust any part of that infrastructure without having to recode applications.

“As an example, the networking plugins make it super easy to use Docker to define how your app containers network together while choosing from any number of providers to provide the underlying network infrastructure,” he said in a blog post.

“This model enables a vibrant ecosystem to grow with hundreds of partners providing Docker users with choices in networking, storage, monitoring, workflow automation and much more.”

The Docker Data Centre is immediately available. 

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