DockerCon 2018, the 5th annual container conference, wrapped up last week in San Francisco, CA.  For those of you who track the container market, here’s a quick recap of the event…

Besides all of the vendor announcements, which are typical during a conference, the real news is understanding the future direction of Docker.  The container market is quickly evolving and so are Docker’s competitors.  Steve Singh’s opening keynote summarizes the future of Docker in three simple words: Agility, Choice, and Security.  Let’s examine each of these.

Agility

On the agility track, Docker announced improvements to Docker Desktop.  These new capabilities allow developers to quickly build applications from either pre-canned templates, similar to CloudFormation and Terraform templates, or from scratch.  The pre-canned templates allow the sharing of best practices to quickly build similar applications with a click of a button.  If your template doesn’t exist, don’t worry, Docker Desktop can quickly build your environment based on your custom requirements.  All new capabilities are supported via the graphical user interface (GUI) and command line interface (CLI) to support all developers.

Choice

On the choice track, Docker announced two improvements to Docker Enterprise Edition.  The first announcement was native support for Kubernetes on Windows Server.  This expands Docker’s support of Kubernetes, which was previously available on Linux.  This new support for Windows is to meet the growing demand for Windows containers.  Docker Enterprise Edition users now have more choice on the type of containers they can run, including the orchestrator.

The second announcement was native support across on-premise and multi-cloud deployments from a single console.  In addition to on-premise support for RedHat, Mesos, and Pivotal, Docker Enterprise Edition now supports deployments for the following cloud services:

  • Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)
  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS)

This federated container deployment across heterogeneous clouds is ‘Kubernetes-native’ and is currently supported through managed Kubernetes layers only.

Security

On the security track, announcements from Docker were light. It’s obvious that security is a critical part of container adoption, but currently Docker’s answer is a security ecosystem. Of the almost 90 sponsors, there were at least 20 security vendors sponsoring this event. Time will tell what Docker’s answer to security will be.  Will it be a one-stop solution that includes security, keeping in line with their ‘Security built in’ message, or BYO Security?

Summary

Layered Insight was proud to sponsor DockerCon 2018 as a start-up sponsor. It was a great opportunity to see the latest from Docker and engage with the Docker community. But, the exciting part was to notice a clear realization by the community that security has to addressed before deploying containers in production.  This is a clear indication of container adoption passing the initial hype phase and entering maturity.  We look forward to DockerCon EU in the fall.

Learn how to secure your Docker deployments by visiting layeredinsight.com, requesting a demo here, or contacting us at [email protected].