What is Docker?
Docker is the company driving the container movement and the only container platform provider to address every application across the hybrid cloud. Today’s businesses are under pressure to digitally transform but are constrained by existing applications and infrastructure while rationalising an increasingly diverse portfolio of clouds, data centres and application architectures. Docker enables true independence between applications and infrastructure and developers and IT ops to unlock their potential and creates a model for better collaboration and innovation.
What is a Container Platform?
A container platform is a complete solution that allows organisations to solve multiple problems across a diverse set of requirements. It is more than a piece of technology and orchestration – it delivers sustainable benefits throughout your organisation by providing all the pieces an enterprise operation requires including security, governance, automation, support and certification over the entire application lifecycle. Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) is an enterprise-ready container platform that enables IT leaders to choose how to cost-effectively build and manage their entire application portfolio at their own pace, without fear of architecture and infrastructure lock-in.
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The container journey starts with the existing applications that run your business. By making them faster, more secure and cheaper to operate, Docker helps free up time and resources to build new applications for your customers. Transform IT without having to re-tool, re-code or re-educate existing applications, policies or staff. Once containerised and on the secure software supply chain, Docker uniquely addresses the needs across your IT organisation — from bringing the legacy forward to enabling future development. Accelerate your time to market, time to value and increase return on investment (ROI).
Modernise Traditional Apps (MTA)
The first step with Docker is to modernise the existing application portfolio. Packaging existing applications into containers immediately improves security, reduces costs, and gains cloud portability. This transformation applies modern properties to legacy applications – all without changing a single line of code.
Cloud migration, multi-cloud or hybrid cloud infrastructure require frictionless portability of applications. Docker packages applications and their dependencies together into an isolated container making them portable to any infrastructure. Eliminate the “works on my machine” problem once and for all. Docker certified infrastructure ensures the containerised applications work consistently, reducing costs via predictable repeatability and greatly reduced deployment times.
Continuous Integration and Deployment (DevOps)
Integrate modern methodologies and automate development pipelines with the integration of Docker and DevOps. The isolated nature of containers make it conducive to rapidly changing environments by eliminating app conflicts and increasing developer productivity. Docker enables a true separation of concerns to accelerate the adoption of DevOps processes.
Docker containers are lightweight by design and ideal for enabling microservices application development. Accelerate development, deployment and rollback of tens or hundreds of containers composed as a single application. Whether building new microservices or transitioning monoliths to smaller services, simple to use tools make it easy to compose, deploy and maintain complex applications.