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5 Things Partners Need To Know About Docker's Next Phase

The exit of founder Solomon Hykes marks a milestone for the pioneering startup. Now Docker's looking to its next act -- capturing the commercial market it created.

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As it became clearer the technology Docker introduced would massively disrupt legacy IT systems and practices, the startup increasingly pressed its first-mover advantage and name recognition to try to own the emerging market for almost every category of container user.

For big subscription customers, those efforts yielded Docker Enterprise Edition, a container management platform with which Docker looks to position itself as something akin to the next VMware—a layer for deploying and managing mission-critical applications at scale across the data center.

Docker has also leveraged its leadership of the open-source project to aggressively court developers with tools and services like Docker Hub, Store and Compose.

The startup even challenged Kubernetes, first developed internally by Google, at the container orchestration layer with Docker Swarm, looking to deliver the technology that essentially acts as middleware for modern cloud-native applications.

 
 
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