IBM launches Docker-based containers for its cloud

IBM's plan is to offer Docker-based containers under a partnership and then surround the technology with analytics, security and other tools.

IBM on Monday launched Docker-based containers for enterprises with the aim of making applications easier to move around hybrid cloud deployments.

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The news, delivered at DockerCon in San Francisco, highlights how the enterprise giants have aligned behind Docker, a container technology that allows for faster application development. Docker allows developers to build and application and then move it without rewriting code.

In IBM's case, Big Blue is looking to spread Docker throughout hybrid cloud deployments. Docker is a critical technology in hybrid scenarios because enterprises could move new applications to the cloud, on-premise and then back again. Docker and IBM announced a partnership and a container beta in December.

Docker, a startup commercializing the open source technology, can use IBM's help spreading throughout enterprises.


The IBM Containers will be built on the company's platform-as-a-service effort BlueMix so customers can mix and match IBM Containers, Docker and Cloud Foundry.

IBM's plan is to surround its containers with management and analytics tools with the aim of managing portability as well as reliability. IBM Containers use log analytics and monitoring, elastic scaling, reliability tools, load balancing and routing, persistent storage and security services.

Other odds and ends:

  • IBM demonstrated Java performance improvements within Docker-based IBM Containers.
  • IBM will resell Docker's Trusted Registry.
  • Mindjet, a startup known for crowd sourcing platform Spigit, said it will use IBM Containers on Bluemix.

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