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Docker Containers: Product Overview and Insight

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Bottom Line

Docker provides developer tools and a choice in the container orchestration tools. Their strength comes from the flexibility in container management and support for multicloud and on-premises deployment. Docker Enterprise will help organizations streamline DevOps from the dev environment to production. Their support for governance makes Docker Enterprise a compelling platform for enterprises.

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Docker, which introduced containers to the marketplace in 2013, is available in both a free version and a commercial product. Customers seeking interoperability should be aware: Docker supports all versions of Linux as well as Windows and mainframes. There are three enterprise versions, which stand out for strong orchestration, image management, operation management and security features. Docker Enterprise provides strong container runtime capabilities, with orchestration support for both Kubernetes and Swarm. It also provides strong multicluster management across public cloud and on-premises infrastructure.

Product Description

Docker is a leading choice for organizations. It now accommodates upwards of 2 million applications and supports 650 plus commercial customers.

Docker’s enormous popularity isn’t an accident. It has continually stayed at the leading edge of the container space. The platform delivers a highly integrated environment that includes developer services, registry services, policies and governance, app lifecycle management, container orchestration, networking and storage support, and Docker Engine, which supports Linux and Windows applications through the Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) core container runtime, containerd. The Docker platform is highly scalable and flexible.

It can be used with all major public clouds. Docker can also be used on-premises as either a virtual or bare-metal solution.


Container Tool

Docker but the platform supports orchestration through Kubernetes.


Microsoft Windows, Linux


Docker offers strong management tools that are highly flexible and work with virtually all major languages a secure container supply chain from the developer’s desktop to production and simplifies multi-OS and multi-scheduler container clusters.


Works with any infrastructure and all major public cloud services. Offers certified plugins in Docker Hub.


Robust features for scheduling containers, orchestration and cluster management, including Kubernetes support.

Networking and Security

Uses automated security policies to run only trusted images. Incorporates encrypted communications and rotating certificates. Also uses Kubernetes network encryption. Includes LDAP/Active Directory integration with role-based access controls and node isolation.

Monitoring and Logging

Offers built in monitoring and logging tools but also supports third party tools, such as Sematext.


Free version and three enterprise versions. Pricing starts at $750 per node per year.

Docker Overview and Features at a Glance:

Features Docker
Supported platforms Windows and Linux. Works with most major cloud platforms.
Key features Includes developer services; registry services; policies and governance; app lifecycle management; container orchestration; networking and storage support; and Docker Engine. Offers certified plug-ins.
User comments Users like the powerful features and capabilities and the cost. Some complain about slow performance.
Pricing and licensing Free version and three enterprise versions. Pricing starts at $750 per node per year.

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