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Docker Enterprise acquired by Mirantis. What happens now?

Sarah Schlothauer
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Docker reaches a new era, marking a new beginning, as well as an end. Docker Enterprise has been acquired by Mirantis, a vendor for enterprise cloud solutions. What does the acquisition include, what are the plans for the future and what should current Docker Enterprise customers be aware of? Read the rundown of everything you need to know about the news.

Docker Enterprise sails to new waters in an acquisition by Mirantis.

Co-founder of Docker, Solomon Hykes, Tweeted about the news:

Since its introduction in 2013, Docker has driven innovation around orchestration and opened the doors to the containerization movement, giving way to tools such as Kubernetes. It has come a long way since its initial creation, growing its community and market. Now it embarks down a new path.

Let’s run through what you need to know about this acquisition.

What is Mirantis?

Mirantis is a privately-held vendor for enterprise cloud solutions based in Campbell, California, with international locations in Russia, Poland, Germany, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Japan.

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It offers two products:

Judging by the scope of these two products, Docker fits right in.

What does the acquisition include?

With the new move, Mirantis acquires the Docker Enterprise Platform, as well as 300 Docker employees. The Docker Enterprise Platform consists of: Docker Enterprise Engine, Docker Trusted Registry, Docker Unified Control Plane, and Docker CLI.

All Docker customers and contracts will now be owned by Mirantis, as well as all alliances and partner programs.

Scott Johnston has been named CEO of the newly restructured company. (Previously, Johnston was Chief Product Officer.)

Rob Bearden, now the previous chief executive officer of Docker said of this change:

I realized that Scott Johnston was the person best suited to take the reigns as CEO of the restructured company. Scott’s strong background in product development at early stage startups is what Docker needs in its leader. I thank Scott for agreeing to take on this new opportunity, and have been working with him to ensure a smooth transition.”

How will this affect Docker customers?

So far, there will be no immediate changes to pricing, support, or services. The Docker Enterprise support team will continue providing support for customers.

Mirantis currently plans to support Swarm for at least two years, “depending on customer input into the roadmap“. Swarm users will eventually transition to Kubernetes, as Mirantis formulates a plan for an easy transition.

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According to Mirantis, their team will reach out to all customers “in the near term and ensure that your transition experience is seamless and positive”. Customers should refer to their existing contact points with any potential questions and continue as usual.

View the FAQ for customers and partners for more information.

What do future plans include?

The acquisition press release reveals that Mirantis and the Docker Enterprise team plan to develop new capabilities for clients. These potential capabilities include cloud-native technologies, an enterprise business model and financial foundation, and a new as-a-service model that will eliminate the burden of administration, integration, and operation.

Newly appointed CEO Docker Scott Johnston writes:

Going forward, Docker’s focus is to build on these foundations to advance developer workflows for modern apps. Along with real benefits, the last six years also resulted in additional complexities, an explosion of choices and new potential threats of lock-in. In light of these challenges, Docker and our community ecosystem have the opportunity to extend the open standards, functionality, automation tooling and cloud services of Docker Desktop and Docker Hub to better help developers build, share and run modern apps.

On November 13, 2019 the team also announced they secured $35 million for the advancement of developer workflows for modern applications. This newfound investment aims to expand Docker Desktop and Docker Hub’s roles.

This marks a new step for the software and will hopefully see future acceleration regarding dev tools.

Sarah Schlothauer

Sarah Schlothauer

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Sarah Schlothauer is the editor for She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and cat where she enjoys reading, writing, and medieval reenactment. She is also the editor for Conditio Humana, an online magazine about ethics, AI, and technology.

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