IBM Rolls Out Docker-Based Container Services

IBM has introduced enterprise-class containers to make it easier for clients to deliver production applications across their hybrid environments.

Containers give developers the flexibility to build once and move applications without the need to rewrite or redeploy their code. IBM Containers, based on Docker and built on Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service, are intended to provide a more efficient environment that enables faster integration and access to analytics, big data and security services. Enterprises will now be able to use the combination of IBM, Docker, Cloud Foundry, and OpenStack to create a new generation of portable distributed applications.

"Our ongoing partnership with IBM has been a great win for the rapidly growing number of enterprises and startups alike that see Docker as the foundation for a new generation of business critical distributed applications,” said Nick Stinemates, VP of business development and technical alliances for Docker. “By making a production ready, Docker-based container service, available for developers, IBM is emphasizing a faster time to value and inspiring millions of developers to leverage the growing opportunity of innovating in the cloud.”

IBM also has become a founding member of a coalition of partners and users to create the Open Container Platform (OCP) that will ensure that containers are interoperable. The creation of the OCP will produce a collaborative environment that fosters the rapid growth of container-based solutions, offering developers a single industry agreed upon approach and direction.

Modern developers need more than basic execution of containers in the cloud. Containers should be empowered with advanced capabilities allowing production applications to be deployed and managed with ease, giving developers the freedom to focus on innovation.

The IBM Container service provides significant business benefits to the enterprise such as faster time to market, seamless application portability, and more reliability for enterprise applications. This results in an overall reduction in terms of development time and cost and more efficient configuration management across the DevOps value chain.

IBM Containers provide integrated tools such as log analytics, performance monitoring and delivery pipeline simplifying life cycle management. The containers also provide elastic scaling and auto recovery, providing resources when needed them most. The solution offers “zero downtime deployments” that help ensure users are not impacted by application enhancements.

IBM has integrated the on-premises Docker Trusted Registry software with its flagship DevOps and Cloud offerings, beginning with IBM UrbanCode and IBM Pure Application Systems. Through this relationship, IBM is enabling containers for enterprise production workloads in hybrid cloud deployment.

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