Docker – A New Frontier

September 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

We have finally reached the point where large organizations are beginning to shift to Docker as its foundational virtual deployment technology. I am sure this has been happening much faster than I have realized but it is now reaching the customers I spend time with. Customers who have years invested in hypervisor-based solutions to provide their virtual environments are now looking very hard at moving to Docker.

I don’t think anyone can argue that the Docker concepts are very simple. It takes no time at all to setup and create a local Docker environment and begin to play with the technology. Put the technology into a developer’s hands and it quickly becomes a favorite. However, truly creating a Docker infrastructure for an enterprise takes some additional tooling to help manage and control the environment. Managing the Docker infrastructure as well as managing entities up the stack such as coordinating containers that represent applications are needs being filled by various projects out there. The landscape is pretty immature but sooner or later one or more of these will emerge, get merged with other efforts, or embraced by large players. This environment is the wild-wild-west right now and there are many many solutions out there trying to stand out. Here is a laundry list of solutions, some just getting started and others that have been in the over for awhile. Check out the Open Container mind map ( to get an idea of the breadth of the Docker ecosystem.

  1. Openstack  – the Openstack ecosystem is now embracing Docker
  2. Shipper
  3. DockerUI
  4. Maestro
  5. MaestroNG
  6. Decking.IO
  7. Shipyard
  8. Crane
  9. Clocker
  10. Kubernetes
  11. Mesos
  12. StackEngine
  13. Rancher
  14. DockerCompose
  15. DockerSwarm
  16. Kontena


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