Docker Acquires Tutum to Accelerate Production Deployments of Dockerized Distributed Applications

Tutum Provides GUI-Driven Workflow for Rapid Deployment and Management Capabilities for Applications to Run on Any Infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO – October 21,  2015 – Docker, Inc., the organization behind the open platform for distributed applications, today announced the acquisition of Tutum and its cloud service to deploy and manage Dockerized applications into production on any infrastructure. By integrating Tutum with Docker Hub, a cloud service for automating development team workflows, Docker provides a complete commercial solution for IT teams to collaboratively build, ship and run production-ready distributed applications. Tutum’s service has been operational since October 2013, and has been used by thousands of organizations both to create their first Dockerized distributed applications and to create sustainable environments for the deployment and management of those applications in production.

The Tutum platform centers on a workflow, backed by a fully-integrated set of operational tooling, which enables development teams to move applications from build to production in minutes. Operations uses the same common framework to change, scale and manage distributed applications across any infrastructure on premise or in the cloud. 

“Docker and Tutum share the common goal of building a toolset that inspires developer innovation, while providing operations teams with the ability to run distributed applications anywhere in production,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. “Tutum has already been validated by our user community as the best way to achieve a seamless Docker user experience from the point of initial onboarding to running Dockerized applications in production. Users and customers alike are excited by the intersection of these two companies and the combined tooling that will result from our close collaboration.”

Development and Operations Share One Platform 

Tutum has integrated all the technology necessary for both developers and operations to share in the management of their applications. Development teams using Tutum have found it be a powerful tool in their DevOps initiatives and as a self-service solution for deploying and managing their applications. With a few clicks, developers can create and deploy a group of Docker containers focused on the same task and then pull them automatically from a registry such as Docker Hub. Similarly, developers are guided through a workflow that defines all the services that comprise a distributed application in a single file. Guided by these concepts, thousands of development teams and operations teams have been able to deploy Dockerized distributed applications into production for the first time, and can now use Tutum and Docker for a sustainable application creation, deployment, and management environment for their operations. 

Operations teams have the flexibility to deploy and manage disparate distributed applications across different clouds or data centers with the ability to migrate the application from one environment to another. Moreover, operations teams can provision all aspects of the infrastructure for running production applications including configuration around networking and storage. There are also specific operational management dashboards for monitoring and logging.

“Tutum shares Docker’s vision of providing users with the freedom and flexibility to build a new generation of distributed applications without being locked into a particular tooling or infrastructure,” said Borja Burgos-Galindo, co-founder and CEO of Tutum. “We’ve been working with Docker from the beginning and we share a community with common goals, so more closely aligning our two organizations was a natural next step. As an integrated part of the Docker team, we will be able to further advance the user experience across the Docker platform and in all phases of the Docker journey. We are excited at the prospect of what we will be able to build together as a single team.”

Docker’s acquisition of Tutum aligns with the company’s vision to identify the companies that exhibit leadership in the ecosystem and that share a vision of expanding critical tooling for developers and sysadmins. Tutum is a Docker-native solution that fully supports the Docker API, ensuring that Docker’s openness extends to this commercial solution. 

By incorporating Tutum into the Docker family, the company is expanding its ability to extend a seamless Docker experience through commercial offerings that provide management and support of distributed applications at scale in production. Tutum is one of a series of acquisitions that have helped to build out Docker’s commercial and open source offerings, including acquisitions supporting functionality such as networking, storage and Docker Trusted Registry. Docker sells subscriptions both directly and through partners, which includes the software, support and maintenance you need to deploy a Docker application and operations environments at scale.

Supporting Quotes 

“Before using Docker and Tutum, bringing our images into production was a very manual process that required the skills of a full time DevOps. Tutum helped us to reach the last mile when it comes to continuous deployment. Instead of trying to manage sometimes obscure deployment scripts, we now have a clean and intuitive web interface for everybody to deploy our Docker containers. After linking Tutum with our Docker registry and Slack, we have increased our productivity with a solution that never fails us!”

-Amine Mouafik, Chief Technology Officer at Continuous Software

“Tutum and Docker provides an end-to-end solution for our application workflow that has fundamentally transformed the way in which we service our clients. Orchestration, scaling, provisioning and administration have now become procedural tasks that can be handled by a first-tier engineer. As a result, we have become more receptive to our clients’ needs because we can be more agile. For example, if a client is having a database issue in their WordPress environment, we can quickly containerize a Redis database to solve their bottleneck issue or come up with another creative solutions using Docker and Tutum and test our solution in the real world. Our ability to more rapidly respond to requests and issues has made our team much more valuable to our clients.”

-ET Cook, Chief Advocate,

“We were at the point where getting new applications up and running with our existing tooling was taking days and a great deal of administrative pain. While we knew we wanted to Dockerize our applications, it wasn’t until we discovered Tutum and its capabilities around deployment and orchestration that we were able to realize the full value and flexibility of the Docker ecosystem. Since then, Tutum has been central to Gazelle’s migration of its applications to a Docker-oriented environment. We did test other tools before deciding on Tutum, and found Tutum’s model was by far the best solution for moving our business-critical applications into production.

-Max Newell, Director of DevOps, Gazelle

“In the analytics field, there is a lot of information that requires multiple services just to handle the background processing. In the past, building and deploying these applications involved a cumbersome configuration process that was both manual and time-consuming. With Docker and Tutum, we have simplified tooling that empowers each engineer to scale their infrastructure through to production. The end result is a streamlined deployment process that reduces the time required to move applications into production from hours to minutes.” 
-Danni Friedland, CEO of Jaco

“Tutum gives us the ability to easily and quickly deploy our Docker infrastructure. With Tutum, we don’t have to worry about building our own management platform — everything just pretty much works out of the box. We utilize stack files to define our applications and use Tutum’s API to integrate with our existing applications and infrastructure. With Tutum, we only have to worry about the health of our servers and coding. Tutum makes sure our applications scale correctly and are always available because they integrate with our monitoring system.”

-Stephen Hoogendijk, CTO of

For more information:

About Docker, Inc.

Docker, Inc. is the company behind the Docker open source platform, and is the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship and run distributed applications. With Docker, IT organizations shrink application delivery from months to minutes, frictionlessly move workloads between data centers and the cloud and can achieve up to 20X greater efficiency in their use of computing resources. Inspired by an active community and by transparent, open source innovation, Docker containers have been downloaded more than 900 million times and Docker is used by millions of developers across thousands of the world’s most innovative organizations, including eBay, Baidu, the BBC, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, ING, Yelp, and Spotify. Docker’s rapid adoption has catalyzed an active ecosystem, resulting in more than 180,000 “Dockerized” applications, over 40 Docker-related startups and integration partnerships with AWS, Cloud Foundry, Google, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack, Rackspace, Red Hat and VMware.

Heather Fitzsimmons

Mindshare PR


[email protected]

Get started with
Docker today