Docker Hub Accelerates Application Delivery by 600 Percent

Cloud Service Provides Automated Workflows for Development Teams with Plugins for Atlassian Bitbucket, CircleCI, Cloudbees Jenkins, GitHub, GitLab, Shippable and Travis CI

SAN FRANCISCO – September 17, 2015 –  Docker, the sponsor of the open platform for distributed applications, today announced an update to Docker Hub, a cloud service for automating the workflows of development teams, that further accelerates application delivery and increases team productivity. As a result of this update, which includes a new application architecture and a completely new front-end technology stack, Docker Hub users are seeing 2.5 times faster downloads and 1.9 times faster UI response times. Teams use Docker Hub to integrate source code management, build and QA tools in order to reduce their commit-to-deploy cycle times from days to minutes, often enabling them to ship applications seven times more frequently than before. 

Because of this impact, in the last 12 months Docker Hub has experienced 390 percent growth in users, 480 percent growth in applications and a rapid increase in the number of ecosystem partners. Plugin support from Docker Hub’s broad set of ecosystem partners allows development teams to use their existing tools in their automated workflows assembled with Docker Hub.

Couchbase is one of the more than 17,000 organizations using Docker Hub to automate their development workflows. Couchbase delivers the world’s highest performing NoSQL distributed database platform. Developers around the world use the Couchbase platform to build enterprise web, mobile, and IoT applications that support massive data volumes in real time. By using Docker Hub with the Jenkins Official Repository, Couchbase is able to not only accelerate their CI pipeline but also keep a history of all the images ever created. This uniquely aids their customer support team by instantly being able to reproduce the exact build when researching customer issues. 

“Docker’s encapsulation and isolation benefits make it easy for Couchbase to package up build requirement into a single container, instantly spinning up new containers on demand to test proposed changes,” said Tim Stephan, head of product marketing at Couchbase. “By integrating Docker Hub with Jenkins, we are able to accelerate and further automate our CI pipeline for testing new images, reducing the time required to build and test from days to minutes. With Docker, we are able to maintain a full inventory of current and historical images while being able to easily share the right images across our various build environments and development teams and ship any change.”

Since Docker Hub takes advantage of a development team’s existing tools, automating workflows for building and shipping “Dockerized” applications is quick and easy. For example, Docker Hub provides out-of-the-box integration with cloud-based source code management services Bitbucket, GitHub and GitLab and continuous integration tools CircleCI, Jenkins (CI/CD), Shippable and Travis CI. Docker Hub’s APIs and broad partner ecosystem ensure development teams will be able to leverage and extend their investment in one common tool chain to build distributed applications with the freedom of choice to explore other solutions if their requirements evolve over time. Using Docker Hub’s webhooks, build triggers and repository links, a development team can combine these with Docker Hub’s own image registry and automated build services to quickly assemble custom workflows. This allows teams to focus on building their applications and avoid having to adopt and learn completely new tools and processes.

Since its launch at DockerCon SF in June 2014, Docker Hub has experienced explosive growth. For example, application downloads have grown by more than 280 times to 860 million. This has required more than 200 TB of storage and consumed over 400 TB of network bandwidth. Given this growth, in order to scale for the future, the Docker team completely re-architected Docker Hub from top-to-bottom. Thanks to significant Docker engineering investment in infrastructure providers, a new application architecture and a completely new front-end technology stack, users are seeing 2.5 times faster downloads and 1.9 times faster UI response times.

“Docker Hub adoption and usage has exceeded our expectations, and so to stay ahead of the growth we needed to update our architecture and technology stacks,” said Marianna Tessel, SVP of engineering, Docker. “We expect the investments we made in this update to carry us successfully into 2016, and we’ll update and upgrade the stack as the Docker Hub community and content continue to grow.”

Supporting Quotes

“Integration between Bitbucket and Docker simplifies how software is delivered by assembling all the elements needed to ship in one location,” said Eric Wittman, vice president and general manager of developer tools, Atlassian. “Atlassian and Docker together play a crucial role in building a robust continuous delivery pipeline for professional teams.”

“The combination of CircleCI continuous integration and deployment and Docker Hub creates dramatic developer efficiencies for our many joint customers,” said Paul Biggar, CEO of CircleCI. “For instance, an engineering lead from Sony Japan says that while older projects in the organization required a checklist of instructions and took days to deploy fully to their app servers, their team now uses CircleCI and Docker Hub to go from a GitHub push to a completed deployment in minutes.”

“Docker is a critical driver in the DevOps landscape today, and a lot of people rely on Docker Hub for their day-to-day operations, including Jenkins users that use plugins to interact with Docker Hub. It is great to see the investments Docker is making in Docker Hub to keep it strong.” Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Jenkins founder and CTO at CloudBees

“Docker Hub is an essential part of many GitLab users’ CI and CD workflow, and our GitLab Runner uses Docker Hub by default to pull images and services,” said Sytse “Sid” Sijbrandij, CEO and co-founder of GitLab.

“At Shippable, we’ve seen big improvements as a result of increased push and pull speeds,” said Avi Cavale, CEO and co-founder of Shippable. “Internally, we deploy 10-40 times per day and we’ve seen 5-8x gains when we pull and deploy from Docker Hub. Our customers who use Docker Hub as part of their CI/CD pipelines are seeing similar results. The time savings add up quickly.”

“Docker Hub has been a core ingredient in enabling our customers to fully customize their continuous integration and delivery environments on Travis CI, and we’re excited to see it evolve with Docker Hub 2.0,” said Mathias Meyer, CEO and co-founder at Travis CI. 

bout 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 800 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.

Additional Information    

Blog: Announcing Docker Hub Update 

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Commercial support for Docker and Docker Hub

Building continuous integration pipelines with Docker

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For more specific examples, see how companies like Bleacher Report, Bunchball, Business Insider, and Gilt Groupe all use Docker Hub as an integral part of their continuous integration pipeline.


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