TL;DR – Last Week’s Container News (8/11/17-8/18/17)

Docker EE 17.06 Released

This past week saw the release of Docker EE 17.06, featuring better security and more support for Windows, among other features. Follow the link for our complete coverage, including possible implications for your organization.

GitHub on Kubernetes

GitHub has made the move to containers, deploying their code to Kubernetes clusters “dozens of times per day,” according to the GitHub Engineering blog. This in response to a growing strain on the organization’s infrastructure and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team.

By moving to a containerized environment – orchestrated by Kubernetes – GitHub has enabled their developers to experiment without being limited by the availability of the SRE team. The move has provided developers with a self-service platform for experimentation, deployment, and scaling.

Read more about GitHub’s journey to Kubernetes and containers at the GitHub Engineering blog post, “Kubernetes at GitHub,” or check out The New Stack’s article “GitHub Goes All in on Kubernetes.” on Docker and Kubernetes has also made the move to containers (orchestrated by Kubernetes), seeing benefits around resource utilization, deployment time, and scalability. Follow the link for complete coverage of’s move to containers / microservices, as well as some “deployment standards” they’ve developed around microservices.

Azure Container Instances — Overview

The New Stack has shared an overview of Microsoft’s new Azure Container Instances (ACI). According to the article, ACI provides “lightning fast container provisioning,” without the need to provision a host VM — resulting in a huge resource time savings. The article also touches on ACI / Kubernetes integration, and is the first in a series (the next post will be a “step-by-step guide to deploying a multi-cloud application by integrating ACI with Google Container Engine”).

Microsoft Acquires Cycle Computing

Microsoft recently purchased a high-performance computing company called Cycle Computing. According to eWeek, the acquired company “specializes in cloud orchestration software that enables organizations to run compute-intensive workloads on cloud computing infrastructures.” The acquisition is part of Microsoft’s “quest to add cloud computing capabilities to practically all types of enterprise workloads,” according to eWeek.

Software-Defined Jenkins

Using Docker and Joyent’s ContainerPilot, has created a software-defined Jenkins environment. This approach has made the Jenkin’s environment totally disposable — if your Jenkin’s server goes down, it’s no big deal. Check out the step-by-step walkthrough — from Joyent’s blog: “Indispensable, Disposable Jenkins.”

New Money Fueling Docker Monetization

Docker Inc. is about to raise another $75 million — an influx of funds that place the company’s value at $1.3 billion. According to Bloomberg, the new funds should “help fuel Docker’s newest push to win business customers and finally monetize its free open-source tools.” Along with raising new funding, Docker has made recent moves (including appointing a new CEO), that may help drive sales and monetization around the popular project.

Docker at Gartner Catalyst

Docker will be at the Gartner Catalyst conference, 8/21 – 8/23 in San Diego, CA. This year’s event includes extensive coverage of Docker & Containers, with eight presentations dedicated to the topic. Follow the link for more info from Docker.

Any major container news we missed? Please feel free to drop us a line. This summary is part of an ongoing series from InfoSiftr, and we want to make sure all top container stories are covered.


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