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Docker announces new development and management features for its enterprise-grade products

At DockerCon 2018, Docker announced three new capabilities for its enterprise-grade products to simplify the development and management of software container applications on premises and across multi-clouds.

Two of the new features are targeted at Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), while the one is for Docker Desktop. Docker EE is a leading container platform, while Docker Desktop is a desktop environment used to build applications.

Talking about the Docker EE, it is getting federated application management feature, and support for Kubernetes on Windows Server.

The federated application management feature will automate the management and security of container applications on premises and across Kubernetes-based cloud services.

It will provide a single management platform to enterprises so that they can centrally control and secure the software supply chain for all the containerized applications.

“With an estimated 85 percent of today’s enterprise IT organizations employing a multi-cloud strategy, it has become more critical that customers have a ‘single pane of glass’ for managing their entire application portfolio,” said Scott Johnston, Chief Product Officer at Docker.

Docker has collaborated with Microsoft to add support for Kubernetes for DEE version that runs on Windows Server. This will open a door of new opportunities for enterprises as Docker is the only platform to support production-grade Linux and Windows containers, as well as dual orchestration options with Swarm and Kubernetes.

“Docker Enterprise Edition delivers on the promise of the cloud by offering customers the portability benefits of containerized applications and the portable management of those containerized applications across all infrastructure. Additionally, Docker EE is the only container platform to manage and secure both legacy and modern applications in Linux, Windows and multi-cloud customer environments, offering customers unparalleled choice and the flexibility to evolve their environments as their business requirements change,” added Scott Johnston.

Talking about the new capabilities for Docker Desktop, it is getting new template-based workflows which will enable developers to build new containerized applications without having to learn Docker commands or write Docker files.

Docker said that the template-based workflows will also help development teams to share their own practices within the organization.

Also read: Software container adoption increased by 50% in just one year: 2018 Docker Usage Report

The new features are expected to be available in beta in second half this year.

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Microsoft teams up with Heptio and Tigera to better Kubernetes support for Azure and Windows Server Containers 

After announcing the serverless and DevOps capabilities for Kubernetes community, Microsoft has now shifted its focus to the Kubernetes ecosystem and has announced collaboration with Heptio and Tigera.

Heptio will bring its Kubernetes disaster recovery and migration solutions to Azure with Heptio Ark, while Microsoft and Tigera will jointly contribute to Project Calico, to simplify network security for Windows Containers.

Heptio Ark

Ark project works through Kubernetes API, and is a solution for managing backups and disaster recovery. It’s also a useful source to move workloads across on-premise and public cloud environments.

These capabilities of Ark will be available to Azure customers, and will help them not only backup and restore content in AKS (Azure Container Service), but also the snapshots that are created using ark will persist in Azure and will be encrypted at rest.

Calico

Calico, the community-based, free and open source solution, is maintained by Tigera, and enables developers and DevOps teams to easily manage the configuration and security of Kubernetes-managed networks and services.

As a part of the partnership, Microsoft will contribute code for Calico data plane driver (Felix), and Tigera will extend the functionality of Calico to support Widows Server version 1709.

It will help the users running mixed OS (Linux and Windows) Kubernetes clusters to define and manage network policies consistently, as well as securing the containerized applications and microservices.

Microsoft said that Calico for Windows will work for both on-premises and cloud environments, including Azure Container Service through ACS-Engine.

Additionally, Microsoft is shipping beta support for Windows Server Containers in Kubernetes 1.9, which will expand the Kubernetes capabilities to the enterprises who invested in .NET and Windows applications.

Also read: Microsoft Azure adds DevOps and Serverless capabilities to Kubernetes community 

Currently, the support for Calico on Windows is at beta-level. Microsoft and Tigera are still working on it to conduct trials over the coming months, and expect to make it generally available in first half of 2018.

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Microsoft and Red Hat unite to help enterprises adopt containers easily for enhanced cloud experience

Microsoft and Red Hat announced a partnership recently which focuses on Red hat’s OpenShift container platform supporting Windows Server containers – a container technology of Microsoft, used for operating Windows applications in containers.

This includes Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure, Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift and SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift.

With the move, the companies joint focus will be to help enterprises get better agility and drive digital transformation with hybrid cloud. This will enable more and more enterprises to lift their workloads from Windows server and take them to containers to modernize their development workflows.

Alongside Microsoft, Red Hat is providing a way for organizations to make technology choices that matter to them, from containerized workloads to public cloud services, without adding complexity. Combined with our integrated support teams, we’re able to offer a pathway to the digital transformation that offers the capabilities, flexibility, and choice required to power the future of enterprise IT.” – Matthew Hicks, vice president, Software Engineering, OpenShift and Management, Red Hat

The companies also plan to provide enterprise customers with co-located integrated joint support to help them meet all challenges with ease.

Also read: Microsoft strengthens its position in the evolving container space with ACI Service

OpenShift, a Red Hat’s computer software product built from Kubernetes, will support both Linux and Windows container workloads via one platform across various hybrid cloud environments, making it simpler for organizations to modernize and scale operations using a single infrastructure stack.

Also, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure will help enterprise IT teams to deliver business value and foster innovation instead of micro-management of resources.

Microsoft and Red Hat are aligned in our commitment to bring enterprise customers the hybrid cloud solutions they need to modernize their businesses as they shift to operate in a cloud-native world. Today, we’re extending this commitment as we again join forces to bring fully integrated solutions that simplify container adoption and help customers make the most of their hybrid cloud strategies.” – John Gossman, Lead Azure Architect, Microsoft Corp.

Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure will be open for general availability in May 2018.