Docker has added greater control for IT ops and new container security tools, along with its containers as a service offering.
Building on the tremendous momentum among developers for its open source container project, Docker put its focus on IT operations, as it aims to be an end-to-end provider for the enterprise market.
Docker Inc. released a series of enhancements this week at its DockerCon developer conference in Barcelona, Spain, aimed at lifecycle management of distributed applications, including new security features and a control plane that puts the company in the increasingly crowded containers as a service space.
The primary focus of Docker has been on the developer so far, so it's interesting to see so much attention being paid to IT operations, said Jay Lyman, research manager at 451 Research LLC in New York. It also points to some degree of maturation in the market, as Docker has more and more interactions with large enterprises and potential customers.
"It's Docker addressing more of that enterprise IT shop operations and central IT teams, as they contemplate application containers in a sanctioned way -- in a way that meets all the different compliance and security requirements," Lyman said.
Docker is doing what it needs to address enterprises' security concerns, but there's still a long way to go before containers are seen as being as secure as VMs, especially for multi-tenancy, Lyman said.
"There's a high bar for containers to meet, given the tooling and management and security, and also the credibility that exists around VMs," Lyman said. "Enterprises aren't foolish, but I think there's an expectation that containers have nearly all or all of the capability features and security enhancements that VMs do, and the fact of the matter is they just don't." (+)