Docker’s fourth birthday is tomorrow, and the platform is celebrating in a big way. The blue whale has gone mainstream, with an Enterprise Edition, “optimized for business critical deployments,” and a Docker Certification Program providing assurance and support for third party technology.
It’s clear: Docker’s not just for Linux hackers anymore. It’s ready for a, “broader community of developers and IT ops teams,” who want to, “deploy apps on Docker for Linux and Windows on any infrastructure” (see Docker’s blog post introducing the Docker Certification Program).
We’ve covered Docker Enterprise Edition in a separate post. Here are the three things you need to know about the Docker Certification Program:
1. What will be certified
The Docker Certification Program containers three categories: Certified Infrastructure (including “operating systems and cloud providers”), Certified Container (Independent Software Vendors distributing their software as containers), and Certified Plugins (Networking and Volume plugins distributed to users as containers).
2. What certification entails
Certified Containers and Certified Plugins are “tested, built with Docker recommended best practices… scanned for vulnerabilities, and… reviewed before posting on Docker Store.”
Certified Containers and Certified Plugins will have a visible badge in the Docker Store so “customers can quickly identify the Certified Containers and Plugins… and be confident that they were built with best practices, tested to operate smoothly on Docker EE,” according to Docker.
Meanwhile, the Docker platform itself is integrated, optimized, and tested for all Certified Infrastructure.
3. Why it matters
According to a Docker, the Docker Certification Program will allow “both technology partners and enterprise customers to recognize Containers and Plugins that excel in quality, collaborative support and compliance.”
It’s all part of providing enterprises “a trusted way to run more technology in containers with support from both Docker and the publisher.”
In short: the Certification Program represents another major step toward making Docker accessible to the enterprise, with all the support, security, and exacting standards enterprise organizations demand from their software solutions.
So what are you waiting for?
Docker has a webinar on 3/21/17 at 10am (PST) that’s all about “Accessing Docker’s Certified Ecosystem with Docker Store.” Follow the link to sign up, and learn about all the Docker Certified Program has to offer.