Tech romance

Docker partners up with VMware

JAX Editorial Team

Docker, the lightweight alternative to virtual machines, is to integrate more smoothly with VMware’s line of products

Big news broke at the VMworld conference this week
– Docker (the open
platform for developers and sysadmins to build ship and run
distributed applications) is to enter into a partnership with
VMware. The collaboration is
thought to be be mutually beneficial for both parties as they
continue the search to find new solutions for their large consumer

From zero to hero

In their first year of existence, Docker surpassed all
startups in the early adopters round, something its competitors in
virtual machine tech were not too happy about (especially when they
were selected for a prestigious JAX Innovation Award earlier this year). Word
of their success spread quickly and after only twelve months,
Docker was able to announce the following impressive

  • 13 million downloads of the Docker engine

  • 30,000 Docker Apps hosted on the Docker Hub

  • 570 contributors

Enterprise IT is the big player in this scenario.
These organisations place more worth on their infrastructure and
this is where the VMware and Docker collaboration can help. The two
companies already share the same users, as the Docker blog has commented: 

Not surprisingly, Docker’s enterprise IT
customers have been making significant investments in VMware
infrastructure for years across their application lifecycle
environments, from developer laptops to QA servers to production
data centers. 
Through this partnership, now they can
realize the agility and choice benefits of Docker on top of the
VMware infrastructure they know and trust.“

Seamless interoperability

The Docker Engine and VMware partnership is made up of
three main points.

  • Firstly the Docker Engine will run seamlessly on
    developer workstations that use VMware Fusion, on data center
    servers with VMware vSphere and vCloud Air.

  • Secondly, there will also be collaborations with
    Docker open-source software libcontainer and libswarm. Considering
    all the manpower behind VMware, Docker can only serve to make a

  • Finally, there will be an interoperability between the
    Docker Hub and the management tools from VMware to facilitate the
    work of sysadmins and developers.

Apart from these main points, Docker will also profit from the
scope of its new partners business. VMware will promote the
container project through its large marketing and advertising
routes which will place Docker at the heart of its customer
interaction. This is, however, a favour that will also be repaid by

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