Top 5 Exciting Announcements From DockerCon
As DockerCon sold out in advance, we know there were many folks who weren’t able to attend the conference. As fun and exciting as it was, there were a handful of announcements that topped our list of highlights from the DockerCon 2015 experience. One of the biggest learnings for us was the incredibly large proportion of companies who were well familiar with Docker but hadn’t yet deployed it into production. Docker announced plenty of tools and resources that will definitely help move that needle.
1. Orca Project. Though it should be acknowledged that orca are technically big dolphins and not actual whales, Docker’s new solution most definitely made a “whale” of a splash at the conference. And it’s most assuredly going to make a big splash in the marketplace. Docker describes Orca as a top-to-bottom integrated stack that takes the tools and the plumbing that [Docker has] been talking about recently and provides an integration of those in a very prescribed and opinionated manner that can make operations teams successful out of the box in deploying Dockerized distributed apps. Given the strong demand for opinionated platforms, this was one of the most well-received announcements from the entire conference.
2. Open Container Project. Docker and CoreOS’s joint announcement was huge just from the sheer number of companies and organizations involved. Including a laundry list of major tech companies, Docker and CoreOS announced that they will be collaborating on a new Linux Foundation initiative that seeks for everyone involved — both users and vendors — to agree on a standard container runtime and image format and prevent unnecessary fragmentation. This is fantastic news for Docker users who’ve been hesitant to deploy it into production due to concerns around standardization.
3. Experimental Tools. Hand it to the Docker team for listening to the community and delivering on the promise of “batteries included but swappable.” Docker now supports plugins for networking, storage, orchestration and service discovery. The new tools absolutely help make Docker more suited for the enterprise than ever before. In the past it was challenging to build complex, real world applications with a “best of breed” approach using the Docker tools available. This is a big win for all users - but especially enterprise-level companies with large, complex environments.
4. Docker Notary. One of the most welcome announcements from the conference was about the new Docker Notary. Though still a work in progress, Notary will significantly enhance security by making it easy for people to publish and verify content. Publishers can sign their content offline using keys that are kept highly secure. Once the publisher is ready to make the content available, they can push their signed trusted collection to a Notary Server. The best part is that it’s not strictly tied to Docker. Publishers can even use Notary to publish trusted scripts for other platforms.
5. Enterprise Package. The big announcement from the second day - and arguably one of the most important for Docker - was the release of the Docker Trusted Registry into general availability. In response to enterprise’s strong demand for more security, the DTR allows enterprises to store their container images securely. Launched in beta earlier in the year, the full release comes with Active Directory and LDAP support, audit logging, management features and commercial support. The subscription plan starts at $150 a month, which will certainly help Docker monetize the exponential growth they’ve experienced in the last 12-24 months.
Most of the attendees (and many of the vendors) we spoke with were interested in hearing insights on our experience from deploying over 4,000 containers into production over the past year. We’re excited to be sharing many of those insights in an upcoming webinar with Modulus’ own Head of Infrastructure, Aaron Brongersma. Register here today before spots fill up!