Docker EE 17.06: More Windows Support, Better Security

Once the domain of early adopters and esoteric experts, Docker containers have gone mainstream. Today’s release of Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 17.06 makes it clear: Docker’s not just for Linux geeks anymore.

The release features support for mixed Windows/Linux workloads, as well as enhanced security features like role-based access control (RBAC) for nodes, and “custom roles” that provide granular control of users’ access to resources, among other features.

What this means for you

According to Docker, their Docker EE solution is, “the only… platform for managing and securing Windows, Linux and mainframe applications across any infrastructure.”

This is great news if you need support for a mixed cluster. With Docker EE 17.06, you can now run a hybrid app (where some services are Windows and some are Linux). As one Docker blog post puts it: “Docker EE unites all… applications into single platform… aligning to existing organizational structures while delivering improved resource utilization and reduced maintenance time.”

Docker 17.06 also gives you more granularity regarding user access. As Docker said in their What’s New in 17.06 video, “controlling who has access to what, and what levels of access they have, obviously, it’s vital.”

So, whereas before you had only default roles like “full control,” “restricted control,” and, “view only,” the new EE release lets you, “pick and choose the individual API operations” that you want to allow.

What’s next?

The enhanced security features and serious Windows support of 17.06 should make fence-sitting enterprises take containers more seriously. We’re moving now into the next phase of the adoption lifecycle: moving away from the early adopters and to the early majority.

But it’s not too late to get a first mover advantage. Check out the links above to learn more about Docker EE 17.06, including the new features not covered here.

Then, get into containers before your competitors do. No one wants to be a laggard. And in an industry of accelerating change, no one can afford to be.


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