Freedom from Lock-in With Docker Enterprise Edition

David Messina

May 09 2018

Major business initiatives such as digitization and cloud migration have threatened to disrupt IT organizations that are already spread thin simply supporting the core business. Containerization is viewed as a way to help with these initiatives because they speed the delivery of software and typically cut operational costs by more than 50% in the first year alone. To support a containerization strategy, many enterprises are turning to container platforms to manage and secure the delivery of their mission-critical software from development through production.

Docker EEFor customers, choosing the right container platform is more than a technical decision – it is a business decision. As with any decision of this nature, it is critical that the container solution has the flexibility to evolve as business requirements change. Unfortunately, all container platforms are not the same – some lack security while others force organizations into a prescriptive operating model. And even worse, most container platforms will “lock in” an organization to a single OS, single cloud, single type of application, single development  –  leading CIOs down a single dead-end path they will have to abandon in less than two years.

So how can organization address continue to move forward with modern technologies, cope with the heterogeneous mess of systems and applications and remain independent and not locked-in?

Docker EEDocker Enterprise Edition is the only enterprise-grade platform that enables IT leaders to cost-effectively build, manage and secure their their application portfolio at their own pace, without fear of lock-in:

  • Multi-OS Support: Most organizations have multiple operating systems so getting locked into a single Linux distribution could be both costly and limiting. Docker’s Enterprise Edition offers availability across certified infrastructure platforms, including multiple Linux distributions (SLES, CentOS, RHEL, Ubuntu, Oracle Linux) and Windows Server.
  • Multi-Cloud: A Rightscale survey estimates that more than 85% have indicated plans for a multi-cloud strategy and IDC estimate that by the end of this year, more than 60% will have committed to multi-cloud architectures by the end of this year.. Organizations require a multi-cloud option as various workloads and business needs are better suited for different clouds: do you need more stringent security? More functionality for machine learning? Or a disaster recovery plan to mitigate downtime?  Docker’s container platform is the only solution that doesn’t lock organizations into an underlying infrastructure and provides flexibility to move to, from and in between all major clouds including AWS and Azure.
  • Orchestration choice: Docker Enterprise Edition is the only platform that runs both Swarm and Kubernetes simultaneously on the same cluster – so developers do not need to make an orchestration choice. Operations teams have the flexibility to choose orchestrators interchangeably. And the only container platform that manages and secures applications on Kubernetes in multi-Linux and multi-cloud customer environment
  • Any application, new or existing: With Docker, users can use the same platform to work with any application or development language,whether it be an existing legacy or new cloud native application.

With Docker Enterprise Edition, organizations have the flexibility to make changes to these portfolios on the fly, course correct or pursue new business goals. As one of Docker’s CIO customers put it:  “I want the freedom to make choices and the flexibility to move from one choice to another without mortgaging my future.” Docker EE puts customers in control, protecting investments while providing a path to the future.

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