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Docker: Revolutionizing Container Management and Helping Businesses Improve Efficiency

With the sudden rise in the amount of data into the world of Informational Technology, there arises the necessity and demand for an integrated container system. Enterprises are now looking for a complete platform that incorporates container management, orchestration, security, networking and more. To tackle these needs enters Docker, an organization which galvanized the containerization movement by delivering lightweight container technology that makes it easy for development and IT teams to build, ship and run applications, irrespective of the infrastructure, whether Windows, Linux or mainframe, on premise or in the cloud.
Since the open source project was launched in 2013, Docker has evolved to offer its container platform, Docker Enterprise Edition that addresses the entire application lifecycle with capabilities spanning container management, security, orchestration with both Docker Swarm and Kubernetes, multi-cloud portability and more. With Docker, enterprises are gaining operational and cost efficiencies, flexibility and security, while gaining an innovation engine that fuels competitive advantage. This innovative product of the promising company is now being used by hundreds of renowned multinationals like ADP, MetLife, Northern Trust, and Visa.
To support enterprise modernization efforts, Docker has launched the Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program with go-to-market partners including Avanade, Cisco, HPE, IBM, and Microsoft. The industry experts say that Docker EE is the only container  platform that unifies the management and security of diverse applications across disparate infrastructure, both on-premise and in the cloud. It is also certified against a wide range of infrastructure platforms including public clouds, Windows Server 2016, RHEL, SLES, and even IBM z systems. The company has strategic partnerships with every major cloud provider and some of the best known brands like Microsoft, Oracle, HPE, Alibaba and Accenture among hundreds of others, and this is what has made Docker to stand as the defacto standard for containers.
Helping Organizations Experience Significant Cost Savings with Greater Security and Efficiency
The industry reports say that by implementing Docker EE, businesses are accelerating application delivery by almost 13 times and achieving cost-savings of near about 50 percent. The MTA program of Docker enables enterprises to containerize legacy applications without touching source code in fewer than five days. As a result of such a system, organizations are experiencing significant cost-savings and the application gain greater security and efficiencies, while becoming a portable to hybrid cloud environments. Organizations can in turn use these cost savings to fund modernization projects and digital transformation programs using Docker Enterprise Edition at the heart of these initiatives.
The present scenario suggests that the business organizations increasingly have fragmented infrastructure landscapes with x86 servers, mainframe and multiple private and public clouds to manage. To help enterprises, Docker EE delivers an integrated container platform for developers and IT operations to collaborate in the enterprise software supply chain, preserving the dev to ops experience across the entire application lifecycle all the way to production. This solution is quite unique to the market as it allows enterprises to deploy Windows, Linux, and mainframe containers in the same cluster.
Not only does Docker generate cost-savings and efficiency for enterprises, but the platform is also known to deliver robust security across the entire software supply chain. The company claims “It’s critically important for us to provide the highest level of security without sacrificing usability. Docker security works without getting in the way.” It also includes role-based access control, secrets management, security scanning and other automation capabilities that allow large organizations to securely scale their container environments through predefined policies.
Additionally, Docker is certified against a variety of infrastructure platforms which ensures that Docker applications will run on any platform as mentioned above without any necessary code change. This is a key enabler of hybrid cloud as containerized applications are truly portable and enterprises can easily move applications across public and private clouds using Docker Enterprise Edition.  As a result of the many benefits mentioned and its applicability to any company embracing software development, Docker is being used for aviation, scientific, and medical research, and also to help some of the largest financial institutions to process billions of transactions.
About the Foundation of this Promising Company
In 2013, with a vision to create an open source project to build, ship, and run applications independent of the underlying infrastructure, Solomon Hykes launched Docker. The wide applicability and utility of the tool quickly caught the attention of the developer community and now enterprises across the globe. Solomon played an instrumental role in the evolution of the Docker ecosystem and fostering of open initiatives.
Currently, Steve Singh, CEO at Docker, plays a pivotal role in the Docker’s leadership team with Solomon. Steve is a proven enterprise leader, having founded Concur and built it into a billion-dollar business serving the enterprise before it was acquired by SAP in 2014 for $8.3 B.
Docker and its Future Standpoint
Docker is unique when it comes to its services, but its acceptability and accessibility is so wide that it applies to any company that has embraced software development – providing a container platform that covers all major enterprise applications and supports the backend/server side for mobile and all other ways to access systems. The company is fueled by customer needs and its collaborative ecosystem.
Docker will continue to enhance their container platform to meet their customer needs while helping to foster innovation across the community. Most recently, the company announced a seamless integration of unmodified Kubernetes into Docker Enterprise Edition alongside Swarm. With this, users are given the choice to use Kubernetes and/or Docker Swarm for orchestration while maintaining the consistent developer to operator workflow users have come to expect from Docker. Docker Enterprise Edition also has been certified as Kubernetes Conformant.
Enterprises are increasingly allocating their attention and resources to achieve modern IT initiatives – whether cloud, DevOps, modernizing legacy apps or microservices. The Docker platform is built to support enterprises across these efforts  and their MTA program demonstrates how enterprises can speed up their digital transformation and start on the path to microservices at a pace that best fits their business needs.
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