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Docker Joins Eclipse, Updates Commercial Platform

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted November 21, 2016


Docker Inc, the lead commercial sponsor behind the open-source Docker application container technology, is working hard trying to help all of its DevOps constituents, including both developers and enterprises, that use Docker in production.

This past week, Docker announced that it is joining the Eclipse Foundation, which is a leading developer tools organization that produces its namesakeDocker Eclipse IDE (Integrated Developer Environment).

Eclipse is also home to the Che developer workspace server and cloud IDE, which is becoming an increasingly popular option as developers move away from desktop-only approaches to development.

Docker has been working with the Eclipse Che community, and at the CheConf 2016 event on November 16, Tyler Jewell, CEO of Codenvy, a leading contributor and user of Che, announced new Docker integrations for Che.

Che can now be run as a docker container, and Che now also supports Docker Compose, enabling container creation. The increasing intersection of Docker and Che is what is leading Docker Inc to become a member of the Eclipse Foundation.

"We wanted to get to work directly on Che, which is the fastest moving project under the Eclipse umbrella," Mano Marks, Director of Developer Relations at Docker Inc, wrote in a blog post. "So we're happy to announce that Docker is joining the Eclipse Foundation! We look forward to working more with Eclipse and Codenvy going forward."

Enhancements Aplenty in Docker Datacenter Platform Update

Docker Inc is also updating its Docker Datacenter (DDC) platform, which is the company's flagship commercial offering providing an enterprise-grade Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform.

DDC was first announced in February 2016 as a superset of Docker's commercial products, including Docker Universal Control Plane, the Docker Trusted Registry and a commercially supported Docker Engine.

The new DDC release supports the Docker Engine 1.12 release that brings with it an integrated Swarm-mode, providing orchestration capabilities. Additionally, the new DDC release improves on security.

"In this release of Docker Datacenter, we advance content security with an integration to Docker Content Trust in both a seamless installation experience and also the ability to enforce deployment policy in the cluster based on the image signatures," Banjot Chanana, Senior Director of Product Management at Docker Inc, wrote in a blog post.

David Lawrence, Senior Software Engineer at Docker Inc, explained that with the new release of DDC, the Docker Trusted Registry (DTR) now also ships with integrated Notary services.

"This means you’re ready to start using DCT and the new Signing Policy features out of the box," Lawrence stated. "No separate server and database to install, configure and connect to the registry."

Notary is an open-source effort that got started in 2015 as an initiative to use The Update Framework (TUF) approach for secured software updates. Docker first bought Notary into the Docker 1.8.0 release under the Content Trust feature name.

"As applications scale and teams grow, these features help provide assurances with proof of content origin, safe transport and that the approval gates have been met before deploying to production," Lawrence wrote in a blog post.

Overall, DDC is also getting a refreshed user interface that provides visibility into new capabilities that include container health checks, access control for networks, node managements and expanded storage support for images.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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