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Dockercon 2016: Docker’s Plan to Dominate the Enterprise Data Center

Last week Seattle hosted DockerCon 2016, industry’s largest technology conference focused on containers. Like most of the vendors, Docker has utilized its user conference to announce a slew of new products, features, and services. These announcements reveal Docker’s ambitious plan to make containers the basic building block of the enterprise data center.

Docker Engine’s Built-in Orchestration

The latest beta of Docker Engine comes with built-in support for Swarm, Docker’s official container orchestration engine. This eliminates the need for installing, configuring, and managing a separate cluster to run microservices and distributed containerized workloads. While preserving backward compatibility, the core engine and tools got additional capabilities to run containers across a fleet of servers. There is a new nomenclature of application bundles, nodes, and services to manage containerized applications. In its latest avatar, Swarm comes with most-requested features like service discovery, load balancing, and resiliency, closing the gap with some of the competing orchestration engines in the market.

This seemingly routine integration has many implications. Containers running in production typically span more than one machine. Container Orchestration Engines (CoEs) enable customers to manage the workloads as well as the underlying infrastructure. The bottom line is that the orchestration is key to run production workloads. Customers have a choice of CoEs — Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, and Mesosphere DC/OS — to manage container infrastructure.

The interesting fact is that all the available container orchestration engines are built for Docker engine. Though they can work with other container technologies, they are primarily designed to support the image format, API, and runtime that Docker exposes. As an early mover, Docker has already won the battle at the core engine level. But the real opportunity exists in managing the distributed workloads rather than one container at a time. Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesosphere are battling it out to seize this opportunity (among others).

While it’s important to get the developer mindshare, containerization is predominantly an operations-oriented technology.

Configuring and deploying containerized workloads on the new Swarm environment is a no brainer. With just a few commands, developers and operators will be able to use the built-in orchestration capabilities than dealing with the complex setup process involved in configuring Kubernetes or Marathon.

Read the entire article at The New Stack.

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.