Lessons Learned from docker
The docker project evolved out of the PaaS movement, unlocking polyglot cloud-native applications. But it was only a piece of the puzzle to enable platforms, applications and a broader ecosystem. What lessons can be learned from the docker ecosystem?
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- Solomon Hykes shows “docker” at PyCon for 1st time (2013)
- Solomon Hykes on Eps.97, introducing “Docker” (2013)
- History of Docker, Inc (Wikipedia)
- dotCloud becomes Docker (2013)
- Ben Golub (Docker CEO) on Eps.143
- Diverging Container Standard (Kelsey Hightower, OCI, etc.) - 2016
- Introducing Kubernetes Container Runtime Interface (CRI) - 2016
- Microsoft rumored to be buying Docker for $4B (2016)
- Moby Project announced (2017)
- Docker Networking with Socketplane (pre-acquisition by Docker)
- Architectural Considerations for OSS PaaS and Container Platforms (2016)
HOW DID docker/DOCKER EVOLVE?
Between 2008 and 2013, dozens of PaaS platforms emerged. Within the platform, they all had a model for allocating compute resources, mostly through the use of Linux LXC and cGroups -- what would become containers. dotCloud was the PaaS company started by Solomon Hykes that eventually became Docker.
LESSONS LEARNED FOR THE FUTURE
- Containers were a fundamental building block for next-gen applications and platforms.
- Docker/docker created a massive community of users, but frustrated the ecosystem of partners.
- Project / Company naming conflicts are very hard to resolve (“docker” vs. “Docker”)
- Successful ecosystems allow a broad set of participants to monetize different elements of the technology. Not having a monetization model is not a good plan.
- Docker was the last software company to not monetize through offering a managed/SaaS cloud service.
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