Docker has acquired software-defined networking startup SocketPlane with the goal of creating a Docker-native networking ecosystem.

According to a Docker blog post written by the SocketPlane team, partners already showing interest in Docker networking include Cisco, IBM, Joyent, Microsoft, Rancher, VMware and Weave. SocketPlane’s efforts will focus around the Docker APIs, collaborating with partners to create enterprise-class networking solutions for multi-container, multi-host applications.

“The majority of users want networking to just work, but just as importantly, integrate into their existing networks,” the blog post stated. “Focusing on a ‘batteries included but swappable’ approach addresses a fair amount of well-known simple deployments that developers care about. This enables opportunity for partners and ecosystem to address their customer use cases.”

GitLab acquires Gitorious
GitLab has acquired competitor Gitorious, consolidating its open-source Git application-management platforms.

GitLab will provide a simple update path for Gitorious users to the combined platform offering Git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds, wikis and continuous integration. Gitorious users can now import their existing projects into GitLab by clicking the “Import projects from Gitorious.org” link when creating a new project. Gitorious.org will stay online until the end of May to give users time to migrate their repositories.

“We believe that, in the long term, coming together under one umbrella with a common goal will benefit everyone, so we are getting that process started today,” said GitLab CEO Sytse Sijbrandij.

More details are available here.

IBM Watson Group acquires AlchemyAPI for enhanced deep-learning capabilities
The IBM Watson Group has announced the acquisition of AlchemyAPI, which provides scalable cognitive computing API services and a deep-learning technology platform.