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IBM has linked up with Docker to integrate their technologies

IBM has linked up with Docker to integrate their technologies

IBM said Wednesday that the company is working with Docker, which has developed an open source application containerisation technology, to further integrate both technology platforms. It also said it would host DockerHub, which provides a range of services for distributed applications deployed with Docker, on the SoftLayer platform. This marks IBM’s latest embrace of a high-momentum open source cloud project.

Docker, which runs on both bare metal and virtualised cloud platforms, is an open source application containerisation technology that allows users to deploy thousands of applications in any kind of cloud.

It recently redoubled efforts to open up its platform to the community of Docker users and introduced a series of tools for IT professionals including DockerHub, a repository for third party services for distributed apps, and DockerEngine, the software at the heart of the platform.

With the Docker community (and app containerisation more broadly) gaining more attention from the wider industry, IBM said it has taken steps to further integrate its cloud services with the open source technology platform.

It announced that DockerHub would be hosted on SoftLayer globally, and that it will offer a certified Docker image of the cloud optimized WebSphere Liberty Profile Application Server.

IBM said offering a containerised version of its WebSphere Liberty Profile Application Server will help improve memory usage and I/O, particularly when compared to traditional virtualisation techniques.

“As Docker has become more mainstream, we have seen a number of Fortune 500 users seeking to deploy Docker as part of broader transformational datacentre initiatives,” said Ben Golub, chief executive officer of Docker.

Golub said IBM brings a unique set of comprehensive capabilities and scale to deliver solutions to these companies, including a strong private cloud offerings based on the OpenStack platform, public cloud via SoftLayer, , and a range of software development applications and consulting services.

For IBM the move marks another bid to consolidate efforts around open source technologies garnering strong industry momentum. The enterprise IT giant has already thrown its weight behind OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and Linux development; it also launched the OpenPower Foundation, a group of web-scale companies and technology vendors tweaking IBM’s recently open sourced Power architecture for big data and analytics applications.

“The IT industry continues to rally behind a cloud built on open and community-driven technologies,” said IBM vice president of open technologies and cloud performance Angel Diaz.

“IBM continues to firmly believe that the best means to truly drive wide-spread adoption and innovation of cloud computing is to ensure open technologies are at its core,” he added.