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Docker Advances Container Management and Security for Applications on Kubernetes with Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0

Docker today announced Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 2.0, the only enterprise-ready container platform to manage and secure applications on Kubernetes in multi-Linux, multi-OS and multi-cloud customer environments. Docker EE provides organizations with unparalleled choice – from orchestration (Kubernetes and Swarm) to applications (legacy or cloud native) to infrastructure (cloud or on premises) – enabling IT leaders to advance their digital and cloud initiatives with the flexibility needed to make adjustments as business requirements evolve.

In keeping with Docker’s heritage of making complex technology easier to use, Docker EE provides a unified operational model that simplifies the use of Kubernetes for those that want the capabilities for their application delivery environment, but do not want to hire a team of Kubernetes experts. With Docker EE, security is built in every step of the way, ensuring organizations have security and governance over their containers without slowing down software delivery.

“Our business is built on human relationships and providing trusted services to our customers,” said Jesse Antosiewicz, Sr. Director, Infrastructure and Application Services at Liberty Mutual Insurance. “Every technology decision we make is aimed at improving the experience for our policyholders and employees. With Docker Enterprise Edition, we’ve empowered our technology organization to quickly make choices that best align with their business needs – whether it is containerization of legacy apps, cloud native or IoT experimentation – enabling them to place their workloads in the most secure, cost effective and desirable operating environment.”

Docker EE 2.0 Provides Choice to Eliminate Lock-in

Docker EE eliminates risk for organizations by providing the freedom to choose how, when and where to innovate their applications without the fear of technology or infrastructure lock-in. Organizations can start big or small, with legacy or cloud-native applications, using any application stack on any OS, across any infrastructure, whether it be on prem or across multiple clouds and still have the same Docker experience throughout the application lifecycle.

As part of Docker EE 2.0, organizations have these capabilities:

  • Multi-OS Support: Availability across certified infrastructure platforms, including multiple Linux distributions (SLES, CentOS, RHEL, Ubuntu, Oracle Linux) and Windows Server.
  • Multi-Cloud: Organizations are not locked into an underlying infrastructure and get the greatest flexibility in hybrid cloud deployments across all major clouds including AWS and Azure.
  • Orchestration Choice: Docker EE is the only platform that runs both Swarm and Kubernetes simultaneously on the same cluster - so developers do not need to make an orchestration choice. Operations teams have the flexibility to choose orchestrators interchangeably.
  • Networking: Consistent with Docker’s “batteries included but swappable” model, Docker EE offers integrated secure networking through Project Calico by and in collaboration with Tigera, Docker’s integration partner for Calico. With this CNI integration, organizations get a fully-supported Kubernetes solution with Project Calico built-in - the only one that works uniformly across the leading Linux OSes and the major cloud providers. Companies with networking plugins that are certified or being certified on Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 include: Cisco Contiv, Infoblox and Weaveworks.
  • Storage: Companies with volume plugins that are certified or being certified on Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 include: Blockbridge, Dell EMC, Hedvig, HPE/Nimble, NetApp, Nexenta, Portworx, Pure Storage, StorageOS, Veritas, Virtuozzo.

All certified containers in Docker Store continue to work on Docker EE certified infrastructure.

“Enterprises are investing heavily in containers to enable their strategic IT initiatives, but to further drive success, they need a container platform that addresses the scale and operational requirements of a global business,” said Scott Johnston, Chief Product Officer at Docker. “In working closely with our customers, we developed Docker EE 2.0 to meet these enterprise needs and bring the unique security, portability and agility benefits of the Docker platform to Kubernetes. From ensuring end-to-end security across a globally-distributed IT organization to enabling existing teams to operationalize Kubernetes, Docker EE 2.0 provides the foundation for enterprises to innovate at their own pace, without fear of vendor lock-in.”

Docker EE Simplifies the Operational Experience for Kubernetes

Docker EE simplifies day-to-day operational tasks when using Kubernetes - similar to how Docker has operationalized Swarm. Docker EE is the only platform that allows you to leverage your existing team and processes to adopt and operationalize Kubernetes. For example, Docker EE offers:

  • GUI-based operational workflows for simplified yet powerful Role-based Access Control (RBAC) as well as cluster and registry management.
  • Secure application zones that provide logical and physical separation of applications within the same cluster. This approach maximizes both operational efficiency and infrastructure utilization leading to significant cost savings. In contrast, other platforms force “cluster sprawl” by requiring customers to create a separate cluster for each application added to the Kubernetes infrastructure.

Docker EE streamlines managing Kubernetes; however, operations teams also have access to raw Kubernetes components that run atop a full-featured, CNCF conformant Kubernetes stack. Accordingly, Kubernetes-native APIs, CLIs and interfaces are available to advanced users seeking to fine tune and troubleshoot the orchestrator.

Docker EE Manages Swarm and Kubernetes-based Apps Across a Uniform Secure Supply Chain

Only Docker EE brings a complete secure supply chain to Kubernetes in the same way it has for Swarm. Combining Docker image signing and scanning with policy-based image promotions allows organizations to build governance over the container environment without impeding the speed of development and application delivery.

To tailor these capabilities to globally distributed organizations, Docker EE 2.0 comes with new functionality within its trusted registry for image caching and mirroring. These features ensure that centrally stored images can be propagated to regional registries for better performance and replicated for higher availability. The result is that organizations with software projects that span multiple continents can seamlessly and securely share their software within a given development team. When one part of the organization is done for the day, they can sign their content, push it to the private registry and then have the content changes automatically cached, for a hand-off, in other private registries around the globe.

A Simple Yet Powerful Experience for Dev and Ops

The Docker Desktop integration of a complete Kubernetes stack ensures that developers can seamlessly leverage features like multi-stage builds, application composition (Docker Compose) and in-container development and have them run consistently from development all the way to production. Developers have the flexibility to write their application with Docker and then can choose their orchestrator without requiring any additional modification. Similarly developers can maintain their Docker native workflows, while experimenting with Kubernetes native tools and commands.

Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 Availability and Resources

Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 and Docker Desktop for Mac and Windows are immediately available.

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