Showing posts with label Docker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Docker. Show all posts

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Latest Docker release covers Windows, Linux and Mainframe apps

Docker released a new version of its Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) container-as-a-service (CaaS) platform featuring the ability to manage and secure Windows, Linux and mainframe applications across any infrastructure, both on premises and in the cloud.

The company said its latest release enables organizations to modernize traditional applications and microservices built on Windows, Linux or mainframe and manage these all in the same cluster. By using one orchestration system for all application types, organizations can centralize access controls, security policies, etc. across teams and business units without requiring changes in code, processes or procedures. With the additional support for IBM Z, enterprises can use Docker EE to deliver a consistent operational experience from application composition to networking to security across Linux, Windows and mainframe applications while managing all three in a mixed cluster.

“Customers come to Docker with a common challenge- how can they accelerate business growth when 80 percent of their annual budget is spent simply on maintaining their current infrastructure,” said Banjot Chanana, Head of Product Management for Docker. “With Docker EE, organizations can shift more investment into innovation by reducing the costs of maintaining their existing applications, while increasing flexibility and security. Docker EE enables organizations to unite traditional applications and microservices built on Windows, Linux or mainframe onto a single, secure software supply chain, accelerating application delivery by 13x while reducing IT spend more than 50 percent.”

https://www.docker.com



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rancher Labs Releases ultra-lightweight Container OS

Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, released its ultra-lightweight container OS.

Key features of RancherOS include:

  • Minimalist OS: Eliminates the need for unnecessary libraries and services
  • Automatic configuration: Simplifies OS configuration by using cloud-init to parse the cloud-config files from multiple data sources
  • Simple setup: Runs services inside containers orchestrated using Docker Compose service files, making setup as simple as running a Docker container
  • Reduced footprint: Decreases resource requirements with a footprint three times smaller than that of other container operating systems in the market
  • Extensive platform support: Supports Amazon EC2, bare metal, Digital Ocean, Docker Machine, GCE, KVM, OpenStack, Packet, Vagrant, VMware (experimental) and VirtualBox
“RancherOS is a minimalist Linux distribution that is perfect for running Docker containers,” said Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs. “By running Docker directly on top of the kernel and delivering Linux services as containers, RancherOS delivers just what you need to build a containerized application environment.”

http://www.rancher.com

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Docker Datacenter Adds Container-Native Secrets Management

Docker Datacenter now includes container-native secrets management for API keys, encryption keys and passwords are required for applications to securely interact/

Docker said its container-native secrets management uniquely addresses enterprise requirements for “usable security” by providing a single standardized interface for all applications, making it easy to secure applications whether for Dev or Ops or for Dockerizing traditional apps or microservices. The secrets are encrypted in transit and at rest, leveraging Docker’s built in orchestration capabilities to deliver defined secrets only to the containers running the service associated with it.

“Docker’s secret management capability is the latest security enhancement integrated into the Docker platform as part of our ongoing effort to ensure applications are safer in a containerized environment,” said Nathan McCauley, Security Director at Docker. “Enterprises in the financial services and government sectors with the highest bars for security have recognized that our solution can be a cornerstone to their overall hybrid cloud security strategy. Docker secrets management, as with all aspects of security handled in Docker Datacenter, provides organizations with one security model that can be applied and managed uniformly on premise, in the cloud and across cloud providers.”

https://www.docker.com/products/docker-datacenter

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Docker Signs Aliyun Cloud for Container Service

Aliyun, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, and Docker announced a commercial agreement to provide a Docker image store and distribution for Docker Hub on Alibaba Cloud. In addition, Alibaba Cloud will resell Commercially Supported (CS) Docker Engine and Docker Datacenter, enabling enterprises to manage their production workloads across the entire application lifecycle.

The companies said that because Docker Hub will be hosted locally in mainland China on Aliyun, users will experience faster downloads and UI response rates, enabling them to ship applications more frequently than before. Backed by Docker, Inc., Alibaba Cloud will also provide enterprise support options for CS Docker Engine and Docker Datacenter. Through the partnership, enterprises across China will be able to innovate more rapidly, accelerating time to value when building, shipping and running distributed applications.

“As enterprises in China and throughout the world begin to modernize their application environments, there has been an increasing demand for an easy solution to deploy Docker on Alibaba Cloud,” said Sicheng Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global. “Our partnership with Docker will bring enterprises the full lifecycle management needed to scale existing implementations into production. We look forward to working with Docker to help organizations with their journey as they move their workloads to Alibaba Cloud.”

http://www.docker.com
https://intl.aliyun.com/

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Docker Announces Commercial Partnership With Microsoft

Docker has formed a commercial partnership with Microsoft to enable enterprises to run Commercially Supported Docker Engine (CS Docker Engine) and Docker Datacenter with Windows Server 2016.

As part of a new agreement, Microsoft and Docker will make the CS Docker Engine available to Windows Server 2016 customers at no additional cost. Docker Datacenter helps organizations manage heterogeneous environments of Windows and Linux workloads, running in both on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure, such as Microsoft Azure.

As part of the commercial relationship, Microsoft will provide enterprise support options for CS Docker Engine, backed by Docker, Inc.

"Over the last two years, we have partnered with Docker, a leader in containerization, to bring the Docker platform to Windows Server as well as the Microsoft Azure cloud ecosystem,” said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft Executive Vice President, Cloud + Enterprise. “With today’s announcement, we are deepening our commitment to creating an open platform, bringing together Windows Server and Linux to help developers and IT professionals deliver new levels of innovation.”

http://www.docker.com

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Azure Batch Shipyard Toolkit Automates Docker

Microsoft's Azure Big Compute team released version 1.0.0 of its Batch Shipyard toolkit, which enables easy deployment of batch-style Dockerized workloads to Azure Batch compute pools.

The toolkit makes it possible to run parallel jobs in the cloud without having to manage the infrastructure. Applications include parametric sweeps, Deep Learning training with NVIDIA GPUs, and simulations using MPI and InfiniBand, whether the containerized jobs are run on a single machine or hundreds or even thousands of machines.

Some highlighted features:
  • Automated Docker Host Engine installation tuned for Azure Batch compute nodes
  • Automated deployment of required Docker images to compute nodes
  • Accelerated Docker image deployment at scale to compute pools consisting of a large number of VMs via private peer-to-peer distribution of Docker images among the compute nodes
  • Automated Docker Private Registry instance creation on compute nodes with Docker images backed to Azure Storage if specified
  • Automatic shared data volume support for:
  • Azure File Docker Volume Driver installation and share setup for SMB/CIFS backed to Azure Storage if specified
  • GlusterFS distributed network file system installation and setup if specified

More...

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/deep-learning-simulation-and-hpc-applications-with-docker-and-azure-batch/

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hedvig at DockerCon 16

Overview of Hedvig software-defined storage for containers and CloudScale Reference Architectures at DockerCon 2016 with Docker DataCenter, ContainerX, and ClusterHQ (Flocker).

See video: https://youtu.be/UJO_CAP_IVs




http://www.hedviginc.com


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hedvig Deliver Software-defined Storage for Containers

Hedvig, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, unveiled its end-to-end CloudScale Reference Architectures to provide enterprises with tested infrastructure templates for software-defined storage in containerized environments.

Specifically, Hedvig unveiled three enterprise-ready Docker solutions built on Quanta Cloud Technology, ContainerX and ClusterHQ technology.

Quanta CloudScale Reference Architecture for Docker Datacenter: integrates leading Docker open source projects including Docker Swarm, Docker Engine, Docker Trusted Registry and the Docker Universal Control Plane. The company said that by combining the full container stack of Docker Datacenter with Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform software and QuantaGrid D51PH-1ULH hardware, enterprises are provided with an easy to install, datacenter solution for containers that runs on standard x86 datacenter-class servers and starts with as few as four nodes.

ContainerX CloudScale Reference Architecture for Windows and VMware-based container environments: combines ContainerX software-defined compute and networking with Hedvig software-defined storage in a single management interface to deploy containers for stateful and stateless applications that function across bare metal, Windows, and VMware-powered server infrastructure.

ClusterHQ CloudScale Reference Architecture for high availability databases: Hedvig is expanding its ClusterHQ Flocker plugin with a reference architecture designed for highly available (HA) stateful services using Docker Datacenter. It provides a complete recipe for taking advantage of the management capabilities of Docker Datacenter while using the flexible storage environment provided by Hedvig via the Flocker volume plugin for Docker. Hedvig and ClusterHQ are working on expanding the reference architecture to enable Kubernetes and Apache Mesos in addition to Docker Swarm for container lifecycle management.

“Our customers are adopting containers using many different approaches—ranging from wholesale integration of Docker tools to augmenting existing VMware and Windows environments,” said Avinash Lakshman, CEO and founder of Hedvig. “Data becomes a critical consideration in these environments as modern storage must be highly elastic in order to adapt to constantly changing business needs. CloudScale Reference Architectures remove the guesswork and burden of getting these infrastructure stacks right. Our tested partner solutions harness the power of distributed systems to provide enterprise-ready solutions regardless of the container adoption approach.”

http://www.hedviginc.com

Monday, June 20, 2016

Docker Brings Built-in Container Orchestration

Docker is adding built-in orchestration capabilities to it Docker Engine, thereby enabling developers and IT organization to form a self-organizing, self-healing pool of machines on which to run multi-container distributed applications – both traditional apps and microservices – at scale in production. Specifically, Docker 1.12 will offer an optional “Swarm mode” feature that users can select to “turn on” built-in orchestration, or they can also elect to use either their own custom tooling or third-party orchestrators that run on Docker Engine.

“Orchestration is at the same stage today as containerization was before Docker. You either need an army of experts to build it, or you lock yourself to a monolithic platform which will drastically reduce your choice of suppliers,” said Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO at Docker. “Three years ago we brought containerization into the mainstream by making it usable for non-experts, without lock-in. We think it’s time to do the same for orchestration. This is a necessary step for the industry to move forward, and as the leaders of the containerization market it’s our responsibility to lead this change.”

The upcoming Docker 1.12 release simplifies the process of creating groups of Docker Engines, also known as swarms, which are now backed by automated service discovery and a built-in distributed datastore. The company said that unlike other systems, the swarm itself has no single point of failure. The state of all services is replicated in real time across a group of managers so containers can be rescheduled after any node failure. Docker orchestration includes a unique in-memory caching layer that maintains state of the entire swarm, providing a non-blocking architecture which assures scheduling performance even during peak times. Additionally, the system has a built-in routing mesh technology that addresses the challenge of how to provide container-aware load balancing. The routing mesh ensures that requests are made to the right containers regardless of where they have been scheduled within the swarm.

For security, each Engine is automatically assigned a cryptographic identity which ensures that only validated Engines can be accepted into a swarm. Moreover, Docker Engine comes with mutually authenticated TLS, providing authentication, authorization and end-to-end encrypted communications among every node participating in the swarm, without the operator having to take any steps to enable it.

http://www.docker.com

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HPE and Docker Announce Alliance

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a strategic alliance with Docker covering sales, go-to-market, engineering, support, services and knowledge sharing for enterprise data center solutions.

Specifically, HPE is launching a Docker ready server program, which ensures HPE servers are bundled with Docker Engine and support.

"In order to survive and thrive in the idea economy, companies must transform the IT experience so that lines of business and developers can innovate faster, smarter and fearlessly," said Antonio Neri, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "Hewlett Packard Enterprise is innovating across its entire datacenter portfolio to help customers with that transformation. Together with Docker, we are making it easier for IT to deploy and manage containers, while giving organizations solutions that optimize their investments and power a new generation of applications that are the business."
 
"The default availability of Docker's technology on every HPE server and HPE's hyper-converged platform enables enterprises to take advantage of the benefits of containerization while leveraging their investments in existing systems and process," said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. "Having a strategic alliance that starts with Docker Engine but extends to include our commercial end-to-end platform, Docker Datacenter, provides HPE customers with a comprehensive solution that covers all of their requirements over time. Enterprises leveraging this joint solution can achieve immediate efficiencies while focusing on existing applications, which can include a 20X optimization on their infrastructure, while shipping their applications 13X faster."

http://www.hpe.com
http://www.docker.com

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Weaveworks Raises $15 Million for Container Monitoring

Weaveworks, a start-up offering networking and monitoring for containers and microservices, secured $15 million in Series B funding led by new investor GV (formerly Google Ventures).

Weaveworks’ Weave provides a simple and consistent way to connect and manage containers and microservices. It provides simple and reliable networking across development, test and production environments and any mix of data centers and public c111louds. Weave also provides a unique console to visualize and interact with container and microservice deployments in development and production.

The new funding round also included participation from existing investor Accel.

“We’re delighted to welcome GV as a new investor, and Accel as a repeat investor in Weaveworks,” said Alexis Richardson, co-founder and CEO of Weaveworks and chair of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s (CNCF) Technical Oversight Committee. “Both share our vision of simplifying microservice-based application development by minimizing the connectivity and deployment complexities, and providing unique visual ways to understand and manage cloud-native applications.”

http://weave.works/

Weave Enhances its Networking + Monitoring for Docker

Weaveworks, a start-up with offices in San Francisco and London, announced the 1.4 release of its networking and monitoring software for Docker deployments.

Weave Net 1.4 is a Docker networking plug-in that eliminates the requirement to run and manage an external cluster store (database). The plug-in simplifies and accelerates the deployment of Docker containers by removing the requirement to deploy, manage and maintain a centralized database in development and production. It builds on Docker’s core networking capabilities. It runs a “micro router” on each Docker host that works just like an Internet router, providing IP addresses to local containers and sharing peer-to-peer updates with other micro-routers, and learning from their updates. It also responds to DNS requests by containers looking to find other containers by name, also known as Service Discovery. Features include:

  • A simple overlay networking approach for connecting containers across Docker hosts
  • Fast, standards-based VXLAN encapsulation for the network traffic
  • An application-centric micro-network
  • Built-in service discovery
Weaveworks developed “micro router” technology to make Docker container networking fast, easy and “invisible”.

“Removing the dependency on a cluster store makes it faster, easier and simpler to build, ship and run Docker containers,” said Mathew Lodge, COO of Weaveworks. “Weave Net 1.4 embodies Weaveworks’ commitment to making simple, easy to use products that accelerate the deployment of microservices and cloud native applications on containerized infrastructure.”

http://weave.works/

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Docker Begins Security Scanning Service for Containers

Docker is launching an opt-in, security scanning service of the software included in container images.

Specifically, Docker Security Scanning enables detailed image security profiles, continuous vulnerability monitoring and notifications for integrated content security.  The company said it will provide binary level scanning, generating a detailed security profile for each Docker image, including details that allow IT operations to assess if the software meets its security compliance standards. The service works seamlessly with existing dev and IT workflows and scans every time a change is shipped, adding a checkpoint before deployment. Docker Security Scanning works across any application and across all major Linux distributions which allow for integration into a Containers as a Service (CaaS) workflow that improves an organization’s security posture through central IT managed secure content.

“We’ve made it our goal to secure the global software supply chain from development, test to production,” said Nathan McCauley, Director of Security at Docker. “As with all of Docker’s tooling, Docker Security Scanning works as an integrated component without any disruption to developer productivity. In fact, Docker Security Scanning enables developers to accelerate their workflows while providing greater visibility into the Docker images they choose to run in their environment. In turn, with usable security capabilities and granular control, IT operations is able to flexibly configure the security policies needed to safeguard their infrastructure.”

http://www.docker.com

Rancher Labs Lands $20 Million for Container Mgt

Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, secured $20 million in Series B funding for its open source container management software.

Rancher provides the ability to rapidly spin up and manage Kubernetes and Docker Swarm environments, while maintaining a single management experience. It implements a cloud-agnostic infrastructure services layer that works across any public or private cloud, or traditional data center.

The funding round was led by new investor GRC SinoGreen, with participation from existing investors, Mayfield and Nexus Venture Partners.

http://www.rancher.com

Rancher Ships its Container Management Platform

Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, released its open-source container management software.

The Rancher software is designed to simplify the deployment and management of containers in production enterprise applications. The software lets users select from multiple container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes and Docker Swarm, while maintaining a single management experience.  Rancher implements a cloud-agnostic infrastructure services layer that works across any public or private cloud, or traditional data center. The platform works across cloud and data center boundaries, and its load balancing and persistent storage services function uniformly on any computing resources.

Rancher said its solution allows organizations to gain visibility, manage policies and exert control of containers and infrastructure spread across different teams within an organization.  It also enables IT to improve deployment reliability, orchestrate software upgrades, and improve the utilization of infrastructure resources.

“Since announcing our beta product less than a year ago, Rancher Labs has experienced incredible demand, as well as received encouraging and helpful feedback and community support for this open platform which has enabled us to make meaningful enhancements to Rancher,” said Sheng Liang, CEO, Rancher Labs. “Now, with well over a million downloads, Rancher has quickly become the platform of choice for teams serious about running containers in production.”

http://rancher.com/

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nexenta Adds OpenStack & Docker Support for Scale-Out Storage

Nexenta announced significant updates to its block and object storage platform, including seamless integration with OpenStack and Docker environments.

The NexentaEdge is a software-only, scale-out, multi-service storage solution to deliver cluster-wide inline deduplication and compression, offering high-performance, simplified management of petabyte-scale repositories. With the latest updates, the block and object software-defined platform includes additional performance optimizations for all-flash and hybrid configurations, tightly integrates with the OpenStack ecosystem to simplify deployments in OpenStack clouds, and adds support for container-based deployments and Docker environments.

In addition to full iSCSI, NexentaEdge now supports native block device services, allowing hyperconverged OpenStack deployments to run Nova nodes directly on the NexentaEdge cluster. To fully automate deployment and configuration of NexentaEdge nodes in Canonical OpenStack environments, Juju Charms are available from the Canonical Juju Charms Store. All NexentaEdge Cinder drivers are also fully integrated in the OpenStack Mitaka release.

http://nexenta.com/NexentaEdge


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Docker Releases Runtime Compliant with Open Container Initiative

Docker announced its first release built on runC and containerd.

Docker said its Engine 1.11 demonstrates real progress with the Open Container Initiative (OCI), which was launched last year with a mission to build a vendor-neutral, portable and open specification and runtime for container-based solutions. Docker donated its container format and runtime to the OCI under the Linux Foundation in June of last year.

In December 2015, Docker introduced containerd, a daemon to control runC., which is the first compliant implementation of the Open Containers Runtime specification and the default executor bundled with Docker Engine.

Some highlights of Docker Engine 1.11:

  • DNS round robin load balancing between containers with Docker’s networking. 
  • VLAN support (experimental)
  • IPv6 service discovery: Engine’s DNS-based service discovery system can now return AAAA records.
  • Yubikey hardware image signing
  • Labels on networks and volumes
  • Better handling of low disk space with device mapper storage

https://blog.docker.com/2016/04/docker-engine-1-11-runc/

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Rancher Ships its Container Management Platform

Rancher Labs, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, released its open-source container management software.

The Rancher software is designed to simplify the deployment and management of containers in production enterprise applications. The software lets users select from multiple container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes and Docker Swarm, while maintaining a single management experience.  Rancher implements a cloud-agnostic infrastructure services layer that works across any public or private cloud, or traditional data center. The platform works across cloud and data center boundaries, and its load balancing and persistent storage services function uniformly on any computing resources.

Rancher said its solution allows organizations to gain visibility, manage policies and exert control of containers and infrastructure spread across different teams within an organization.  It also enables IT to improve deployment reliability, orchestrate software upgrades, and improve the utilization of infrastructure resources.
 
“Since announcing our beta product less than a year ago, Rancher Labs has experienced incredible demand, as well as received encouraging and helpful feedback and community support for this open platform which has enabled us to make meaningful enhancements to Rancher,” said Sheng Liang, CEO, Rancher Labs. “Now, with well over a million downloads, Rancher has quickly become the platform of choice for teams serious about running containers in production.”

http://rancher.com/

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Docker Datacenter Delivers On-Premise Containers-as-a-Service

Docker introduced a software platform that enables enterprises to deploy an on-premises Containers-as-a Service (CaaS).

Docker Datacenter (DDC) manages the application lifecycle of Dockerized applications. It is comprised of Docker Universal Control Plane, Docker Trusted Registry and embedded support for Docker Engine.

The integrations among them are tested and validated configurations with enterprise-class support. Docker said it guarantees the interoperability and full support of the Docker API across the stack for a seamless transition in taking applications in development to production.

“Docker Datacenter leverages our years of innovation in the Docker open source projects and ecosystem, and the feedback and experience of early adopters running Docker in production,” said Solomon Hykes, Founder and CTO of Docker. “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. 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.”

http://www.docker.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Apcera's CEO Derek Collison on Containerization and Microservices

Containerization is really the hot topic these days, but it is similar to the term "microservices" -- not necessarily something new, but just really taking effect, says Derek Collison, Founder and CEO of Apcera.

This video discusses the massive decomposition of software systems underway and how containerization is proving to be especially effective.

"If we really want to build faster, we actually build less and we assemble more...," says Collison.

https://youtu.be/tiJdcKb3TIc





Thursday, January 21, 2016

Docker Acquires Unikernel Systems, Extending Containerization Continuum

Docker has acquired Unikernel Systems, a start-up focused on unikernel development. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Unikernel Systems, which is based in Cambridge, UK, is comprised of pioneers from the Xen Project, the open-source virtualization platform. Unikernels are defined by the company as specialized, single-address-space machine images constructed by using library operating systems. The idea is to reduce complexity by compiling source code into a custom operating system that includes only the functionality required by the application logic.

“We are honored to have the Unikernel Systems team, with its incredible pedigree, join the Docker family,” said Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker. “Our shared vision to take transformative technology and make it accessible to a much wider audience has made the union a natural fit and it aligns with one of our core tenets to separate applications from infrastructure constraints. Through the Docker platform, unikernels will be on a ‘continuum’ with Linux and Windows containers, enabling users to create truly hybrid applications across all formats with a uniform workflow.”

“Similar to what Docker has done for Linux containers, by combining forces, we will be able to unlock the entire Docker ecosystem for use with unikernels, including orchestration and networking," stated Anil Madhavapeddy, co-founder and CTO of Unikernel Systems. "The integration with Docker tooling will accelerate the progress of unikernels and enable users to choose how they ‘containerize’ and manage their application - from the data center to the cloud to the Internet of Things.”

https://www.docker.com

Monday, December 21, 2015

Oracle Acquires StackEngine for Container Management

Oracle has acquired StackEngine, a start-up specializing in container operations management.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

StackEngine, which is based in Austin, offers software to manage and automate Docker applications, giving organizations the power to compose, deploy, and automate resilient container-native applications. Its flagship product, Container Application Center, is an end-to-end container application management solution for developers, DevOps and IT operations teams that brings users through the entire container application lifecycle, from development to deployment.

All StackEngine employees will be joining Oracle as part of Oracle Public Cloud.

http://www.stackengine.com/
https://www.oracle.com/corporate/acquisitions/stackengine/index.html

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