Docker Fills Big Hole With Tutum Acquisition

21 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Docker Acquires Tutum to Accelerate Production Deployments of Dockerized Distributed Applications.

Docker announced today that it was purchasing Tutum, a cloud service focused on deploying and managing Docker containers in any environment, whether the cloud or on-premises.Docker, Inc., the organization behind the open platform for distributed applications, today announced the acquisition of Tutum and its cloud service to deploy and manage Dockerized applications into production on any infrastructure.Docker, the startup behind the popular Linux container format, has acquired Tutum, which provides an easy way to manage containerized applications and deploy them on any cloud infrastructure service or in companies’ own data centers. Docker has always emphasized building, shipping and running containers — those discrete programming building blocks sometimes called micro-services.

With today’s purchase, the company is really completing that third piece — the running the containers part — which it has mostly left to programmers to deal with on their own up until now. Tutum’s service has been operational since October 2013, and has been used by thousands of organizations both to create their first Dockerized distributed applications and to create sustainable environments for the deployment and management of those applications in production. Tutum adds an infrastructure management capability to Docker’s existing tool set that helps developers take an application from development to production.

The Tutum platform centers on a workflow, backed by a fully-integrated set of operational tooling, which enables development teams to move applications from build to production in minutes. It can also work with a ‘bring your own node’ model on other clouds or a customer’s own hardware by installing a Tutum agent, which works on a variety of recent Linux distros (that have up to date Docker support). In some ways this step was defeating the the speed and agility containers are supposed to offer developers and operations teams, Scott Johnston, SVP of product at Docker explained. With the Tutum purchase, Docker is able to deliver a more complete package of services for its customers, which is becoming increasingly important as the product matures. “Enterprise IT markets want a product that works, so they can focus on building applications, not on maintaining custom scripts and rewriting them for every version change. The value of Tutum is its integrated set of capabilities, including networking, storage, monitoring, and scheduling, under one umbrella, Messina explained.

Tutum founder Borja Burgos said, “It’s about giving users choice”, whilst Docker enterprise marketing VP David Messina added, “Through the whole life cycle”, suggesting that developers might choose a particular environment for their work whilst operations teams might deploy to production elsewhere. While container services by cloud infrastructure giants Amazon, Microsoft, and Google focus on lower-level infrastructure tasks like clustering and scheduling, Tutu’s platform “covers the whole application lifecycle,” he said. Tutum is presently in beta, with their website stating, “Once Tutum is production ready, you will automatically move to our free forever Developer plan”.

With a few clicks, developers can create and deploy a group of Docker containers focused on the same task and then pull them automatically from a registry such as Docker Hub. Docker do however see Tutum as part of their monetization model going forward, adding to their Docker Trusted Registry that can be run on-premise or consumed from the cloud based Docker Hub. Tutum was founded in October, 2013 when Docker was barely even a product yet, but its two founders, Borja Burgos and Fernando Mayo, saw the future in Docker containers before many people even knew what Docker was. Burgos described Docker as the type of innovative technology you see once in a decade, and he and his partner decided to go for it, hitching their wagons and immediate future to Docker.

Moreover, operations teams can provision all aspects of the infrastructure for running production applications including configuration around networking and storage. There are also specific operational management dashboards for monitoring and logging. “Tutum shares Docker’s vision of providing users with the freedom and flexibility to build a new generation of distributed applications without being locked into a particular tooling or infrastructure,” said Borja Burgos-Galindo, co-founder and CEO of Tutum. “We’ve been working with Docker from the beginning and we share a community with common goals, so more closely aligning our two organizations was a natural next step.

As an integrated part of the Docker team, we will be able to further advance the user experience across the Docker platform and in all phases of the Docker journey. No plans have yet been announced for how the overlaps will be resolved, but the Tutum team of 11 will be moving to from their offices in Madrid and NYC to Docker’s headquarters in San Francisco to work on closer integration. While Tutum has been popular with the Docker community, boasting 24,000 users, as an 11-person operation it sometimes had trouble convincing larger enterprise customers that it had the cachet to deliver the goods. The key difference with Tutum is that the end user chooses and pays for the infrastructure (as a service) rather than Docker Inc having to make an investment in their own infrastructure and take care of scaling and multi tenancy. It saw Tutum as a natural fit, filling in a big hole, while having a satisfied customer base, proven ability to scale and the cultural fit Docker looks for in an acquisition target.

Docker sells subscriptions both directly and through partners, which includes the software, support and maintenance you need to deploy a Docker application and operations environments at scale. “Before using Docker and Tutum, bringing our images into production was a very manual process that required the skills of a full time DevOps. Docker also see themselves as differentiating against more opinioned PaaS by offering the flexibility to use any language or framework within a container. Instead of trying to manage sometimes obscure deployment scripts, we now have a clean and intuitive web interface for everybody to deploy our Docker containers. After linking Tutum with our Docker registry and Slack, we have increased our productivity with a solution that never fails us!” “Tutum and Docker provides an end-to-end solution for our application workflow that has fundamentally transformed the way in which we service our clients. Our ability to more rapidly respond to requests and issues has made our team much more valuable to our clients.” “We were at the point where getting new applications up and running with our existing tooling was taking days and a great deal of administrative pain.

We did test other tools before deciding on Tutum, and found Tutum’s model was by far the best solution for moving our business-critical applications into production.” “In the analytics field, there is a lot of information that requires multiple services just to handle the background processing. 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 900 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.

Docker, Inc. is venture backed by AME Cloud Ventures, Benchmark, Coatue, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Northern Trust, Sequoia Capital, SV Angel , Trinity Ventures and Y Combinator.

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