The open source Docker project is no more limited to a container engine as it now includes Swarm clustering service and Compose application assembly projects as well. An announcement has been made on the new efforts which will expand its scope of deployment and usability too.
Docker Inc., the vendor of the open source Docker project, has announced a commercial enterprise product and partnerships to improve its adoption. Docker was started eighteen months ago and the Docker Engine has been the core of the project. It offers a container approach for application virtualisation. Now the Docker Engine has been joined by Docker Machine for increased container deployment portability, Docker Swarm for clustering and finally for application assembly services.
In a conversation with eWeek, Docker CEO Ben Golub explained, they are moving to a new model where a large number of containers will be run across several hosts. They are moving to the model of multi-Docker container distributed applications. Golub further explains that Docker Machine service ensures that host component of Docker Engine can be deployed easily and can be run on any server. The second open source service is Docker Swarm which will offer container clustering capabilities. An organisation will be able to run Docker now across multiple hosts and can also control Docker. The third service is Docker Compose, which will allow a developer to bring in several components running in separate containers and runs a single logical application.
Along with these new open source services, Docker Inc. is also launching Docker Hub Enterprise or DHE commercial product which will provide on-premise version of online Docker Hub service. This new service will benefit from Docker’s partnership with Amazon, IBM and Microsoft. DHE will be available through Microsoft Azure marketplace and on Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a CloudFormations template, as revealed by Golub.