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JAX Innovation Awards 2014 Spotlight: Docker

Lucy Carey

Part of a special series showcasing our final nominees, we find out what keeps this container engine open.

Over the last month we’ve had many interesting and diverse nominations sent our way for the JAX Innovation Awards 2014, in the form of Most innovative Java Technology, Most innovative Open Technology, and Most innovative Open Tech Business. Community voting is open until May 12th – make sure to get yours in, and give the people making genuine waves in the industry the recognition you think they deserve.  Click here to get submitting! This interview is part of a special series showcasing our final nominees. 

Category: Most innovative Open Technology

Technology: Docker

Interviewee: Julien Barbier

1) Can you tell our readers a little more about Docker?

Docker is an open-source project to easily create lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application. The same container that a developer builds and tests on a laptop can run at scale, in production, on VMs, bare metal, OpenStack clusters, public clouds and more.

2) Can you explain what problems you solve with your technology?

  • Application lifecycle Management with CI/CD being a major use case (including separation of concerns (dev vs ops))
  • Disruptive economics with an Alternative form of virtualization
  • Agility – Scale-out, down, up…rapidly
  • Development flexibility (laptop, datacenter, hybrid/private/public cloud) to deliver Cross Cloud Deployment
3) Who are your main users?
  • Rackspace
  • Baidu
  • Yandex
  • ebay
  • Spotify
  • opentable
  • cloudflare
  • mailgun
  • relateiq
  • rethinkdb
  • Gilt, Yelp, New Relic…

4) What’s on the roadmap ahead for you?

Docker 1.0 is the next big release for our product. Meaning stable, ready for production software.

5) Why do you think Open Technologies are important for truly innovative IT?

Docker is open source since the very beginning. We think this is important because everybody has a lot of great ideas, not only employees. We have 400+ contribnutors to the projects, 95% being non-employees. That’s 400+ brains, and 20 times more ideas than if we were a closed technology.

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