Docker Announces Federated Application Management Across Multi-Cloud Environments With Docker Enterprise Edition

Company unveils new capabilities across the application lifecycle
from the developer’s desktop through production at DockerCon 2018

today announced new capabilities for Docker
Enterprise Edition (EE)
, the leading enterprise-ready container
platform, and Docker
, an easy-to-install desktop environment for building
applications, that extend the development and secure management of
containerized applications on premises and across multiple clouds.
Federated application management, a new capability available on Docker
EE, provides a single management plane to automate the management and
security of containerized applications on premises and across hosted
Kubernetes-based cloud services including Azure AKS, AWS EKS and Google
GKE. With Docker EE, IT operations have an aggregated view and automated
model for deploying, migrating and replicating applications.
Additionally, organizations can centrally control and secure the
software supply chain to provide a single “source of truth” for their
entire containerized application portfolio.

“With an estimated 85 percent of today’s enterprise IT organizations
employing a multi-cloud strategy, it has become more critical that
customers have a ‘single pane of glass’ for managing their entire
application portfolio,” said Scott Johnston, Chief Product Officer at
Docker. “Docker Enterprise Edition delivers on the promise of the cloud
by offering customers the portability benefits of containerized
applications and the management of those containerized applications
across all infrastructure. Additionally, Docker EE is the only container
platform to manage and secure both legacy and modern applications in
Linux, Windows and multi-cloud customer environments, offering customers
unparalleled choice and the flexibility to evolve their environments as
their business requirements change.”

In addition to federated application management, Docker is previewing
two other new capabilities:

  • In keeping with its leadership in Windows containers, Docker is
    announcing Windows Server containers on Kubernetes in Docker
    Enterprise Edition.
  • Docker is also extending the power of containerization to a broader
    range of enterprise developers with new template-based workflows for
    Docker Desktop.

Portable application management on premises and across multiple clouds

The rise of containers has helped make applications more portable but
the management of these containers is not. With the increasing global
nature of business, most organizations have more than three clouds
brought on by shadow IT and geographic distribution needs. Each
cloud-based application infrastructure and on-prem data center silo is
managed under a separate operational model, resulting in high cost and
inefficiencies. With data sovereignty issues and the emergence of
cloud-hosted Kubernetes services, the problem is exacerbated as there is
no common operating model or security framework across the clouds.

Docker Enterprise Edition is uniquely positioned to deliver federated
application management by treating the enterprise’s entire application
portfolio uniformly across all environments. With Docker Enterprise
Edition, you can make strategic decisions to deploy apps for economic
reasons, to provide high availability or to utilize the cloud provider’s
specific services. Docker Enterprise Edition is the only container
platform that provides this flexibility by offering choice, security and

  • Freedom of choice: The Docker container platform is not tied to
    a single OS or VM model and provides choice across all cloud
    providers. Only Docker supports all leading cloud-hosted Kubernetes
  • Security: Docker Enterprise Edition secures control of an
    organization’s applications and the ability to audit every step in the
    application delivery process. Docker EE includes Docker Trusted
    Registry, a centralized and federated source of truth for content of
    enterprise-grade image management and integrated security policies
    across clouds.
  • Agile operations: Standardization means speed and savings with
    faster development and faster scalability. Docker Enterprise Edition
    accelerates onboarding with a uniform operating model for applications
    across clouds with the enforcement of application lifecycle policies.

Docker demonstrates Windows Server containers in Kubernetes with
Docker Enterprise Edition

Docker continues to drive innovation and adoption of Windows Server
containers in collaboration with Microsoft by enabling organizations to
use Kubernetes for orchestrating .NET and Windows Server-based
applications with Docker Enterprise Edition. Docker provides more
choices for organizations as Docker EE is the only enterprise-ready
container platform that supports production-grade Linux and Windows
containers and dual orchestration options with Swarm and Kubernetes
across those mixed environments. Demand for Windows containers among
Docker’s customers is continuing to grow with more than 50 percent using
Windows containers for modernizing legacy apps.

Docker unveils template-based workflows for Docker Desktop to extend
containerization to a broader range of enterprise developers

To date, millions of developers are using Docker Desktop, with more than
a million new users leveraging Docker Desktop in the last year alone.
Furthering Docker’s mission to continue to make containerization
technology easier to use, the company has channeled the best practices
from its developer installed base to provide a template-based workflow
that makes Docker even more accessible to the broader market. These new
templates presented via a GUI allow developers to create new
containerized applications without requiring them to learn Docker
commands or write Dockerfiles and Compose files from scratch – bringing
the agility benefits of Docker even more quickly to those using it.

This template-based approach will also evolve to support greater
collaboration by allowing teams to share their own best practices within
their organization.


Docker federated application management capabilities for Docker
Enterprise Edition will be in beta in 2H 2018. Support for Kubernetes on
Windows Server will be available in Docker Enterprise Edition in 2H
2018. To sign up for the respective betas, register at

The new template-based workflows for Docker Desktop will be available in
2H 2018. To sign up for the beta, register at

Additional Resources

  • Lean
    about federated application management with Docker Enterprise
  • Read
    the blog on Windows Server containers in Kubernetes with Docker
    Enterprise Edition
  • Check
    the Docker blog on an easier way to design applications in
    Docker Desktop
  • Try
    Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 with our Hosted Trial


Gabe Taylor