IBM and Docker, Inc., a provider of application container solutions, have formed a strategic partnership intended to help customers more efficiently build and run applications that can be moved between cloud and on-premises systems. Enterprises can use the combination of IBM and Docker to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud.
“As enterprises demand tools that allow them to develop applications in a consistent and easy manner, Docker containers have quickly become the de facto building block for doing so,” said Angel Diaz, vice president of open technology and cloud performance solutions at IBM. “IBM Containers service running Docker containers on SoftLayer's bare metal servers provides improved performance over traditional approaches and this strategic partnership between IBM and Docker is the first of its kind to provide enterprises with integrated tools and services they need to automate application deployment across the public cloud and on-premise cloud centers.”
IBM also said it is the first company to work with Docker to sell integrated solutions that include Docker Hub Enterprise, and will be a premier provider of Docker, Inc.’s flagship product for the enterprise market. DHE is a turnkey solution for distributed applications that enables developers to focus on creating differentiated services behind the firewall and assembling them together with the best content that they have selected from the 60,000+ Dockerized services available in the Docker Hub hosted repository.
As part of this partnership, IBM also announced the beta of IBM Containers, a Docker-based container service that will include open Docker-native features and interfaces, including the new Docker orchestration services. Delivered as part of Bluemix, IBM’s open cloud platform for application development, the IBM Containers service will enable enterprises to launch Docker containers directly onto the IBM
Cloud on bare metal servers from SoftLayer, an IBM company.
For more information about IBM’s cloud offerings, visit www.ibm.com/cloud.
More information on Docker is available at www.docker.com.