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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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A Uniquely Competitive Ecosystem

Docker started by taking on legacy technology vendors with a new paradigm for building, shipping and running apps.

But as the container ecosystem matured, and Docker looked to carve a wide swath in the new market, many startups that hitched their wagons to Docker early on eventually became competitors. Those one-time partners challenged Docker as the battleground to monetize the technology moved to higher layers of the container stack.

If that wasn't enough competition, another challenge emerged from the public cloud giants—Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure all introduced hosted container services.

But perhaps the greatest threat to Docker's long-term commercial success comes from Red Hat. By acquiring CoreOS last month, the open-source powerhouse made clear it wants to dominate the on-premises enterprise container market, much like it does the one for Linux.

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