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Docker-JVM mix is new magic blend in the Java-ecosystem

Lucy Carey

The Linux container engine that could is proving its worth in a multitude of ways.

Container project Docker, which started life as
a solitary container on a laptop, officially reached 1.0 GA status
this June. With more than 8,741 commits from more than 460
contributors, 2.75 million downloads, and 14,000 “Dockerized” apps
to date, this

JAX Innovation Awards 2014 winner
is now one
of  the fastest growing open source projects in the space, and
there are thousands of Docker containers in the cloud.

In part, this is down to the general movement
towards highly scalable architectures and an

culture. As a
 lightweight open-source technology, Docker is perfectly
poised to capitalise on demand from devs to looking for a speedy
way to port their code into the cloud – and the software is
continuing to woo converts across the board. As we reported

earlier this month
, the JBoss community has
become particularly enamoured with this youthful technology,
creating a jboss.org microsite specially dedicated to the

As uptake flourishes, users are slowly unlocking
new layers of value from Docker. In an article published in
InfoWorld today, Al Tobey, an open source mechanic for Cassandra
vendors DataStax, can also provide a tasty complement to the JVM.
In a presentation to a

Silicon Valley JUG
, Tobey explained that,
with the engine’s brimming sackful of capabilities, it can offer a
host of functions that the Java Virtual Machine simply cannot

Moreover, Tobey has observed that increasing
numbers of JVM folks are getting wise to the beauty of the
JVM-Docker magic mix, telling the group that, “I talk with a lot of
the devops folks, the leaders in the field, and a lot of them are
deploying Java apps on Docker.”

He added that, “”The JVM has really good
sandboxing. It’s very well-respected, it has pretty good memory
control. What it doesn’t have is really sophisticated CPU resource
control, and so Docker brings that to the table. It also brings the
packaging of the entire JVM with the JARs and all the different
parts of the app into one container.”

To deploy JVM apps Docker style, devs ideally
need a separate Docker file which builds an image with the JVM in
it. Tobey explained that the file would then be “saved to a Docker
repository, whereupon application virtual machines would be built
directly, so the Java Development Kit does not have to be installed
on every single build.”

With new users picking up the tech everyday, no doubt we’re
going to see plenty more similar case studies in the upcoming
months. Rackspace, Baidu, Yandex, ebay, Spotify, opentable,
cloudflare, Mailgun, relateiq, rethinkdb, Gilt, Yelp, and New Relic
all feature in the elite echelons of Docker users, and your
robotic overlord-in-waiting
has also shown an interest in the technology. According to Julien
Barbier, Community Manager at Docker, Inc., around 95% of
contributions to the project come from the rapidly expanding
community around it.

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