To help businesses succeed in building and deploying Dockerized distributed applications, Docker has announced new monthly subscription-based commercial solutions that aim to provide users with flexibility and support.

“Since its launch at DockerCon SF last June, Docker Hub has attracted hundreds of thousands of users and tens of thousands of organizations,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. “These users and organizations have given us valuable feedback on the nature of the commercial solutions they would like to see from us to support their deployment of business-critical distributed applications. We have used this feedback as well as feedback from our Docker Trusted Registry beta program to define our commercial solutions for production environments in a way that creates confidence for leveraging Docker as a cornerstone technology and business partner.”

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The commercial solutions will feature certified Docker Engines, image registries and 24×7 commercial support. Businesses can access solutions via Amazon Web Services, Docker, IBM and Microsoft.

The company also announced the general availability of the Docker Trusted Registry, the company’s on-premise registry for Docker container images. It features single-click deployment and upgrading, integration with LDAP, role-based access control, and auditing and event logging.

“The trusted registry is a natural monetization extension for Docker,” said Al Hilwa, industry analyst at research firm IDC. “The model is similar to source-code and binary repository players that have preceded Docker, like Git, Bitbucket and JFrog. Being able to work in a private space, whether hosted or on-premise, is a key requirement for enterprises, especially those working in regulated fields.”

In addition, Docker and Microsoft announced the next step in their partnership. Since their partnership began a year ago, Microsoft has provided Windows Server Containers, Hyper-V Containers, Docker VM Extensions for Linux on Azure, and more.


Going forward, Microsoft said it will provide developers with a cross-platform solution by allowing them to combine Windows Server and Linux containers with Docker Compose and Swarm. Developers will also be able to use Visual Studio Online to build, test and deploy multiple containers defined using Docker Compose, and they can use the Azure Marketplace to deploy containerized apps sourced from Docker Hub using Docker Compose.

Microsoft also announced it will be part of the Open Container Project.

“When we release Docker containers, Docker Swarm and Docker Compose support on Windows Server, we will bring together customers and community to offer the most complete container experience, spanning tooling, operating system and cloud platform, all so you can deploy cross-platform applications simply and easily,” wrote Corey Sanders, director of program management for Microsoft Azure, in a blog post.