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Two Docker staffers, dressed for Burning Man, fend off meddling "salesperson" Ben Golub
Two Docker staffers, dressed for Burning Man, fend off “salesperson” Ben Golub, the Docker CEO, in a skit at DockerCon. (GeekWire Photo)

Updated 11:25 a.m.: The emphasis shifted from developers to businesses this morning on the second and final day of DockerCon 2016 in downtown Seattle. Docker is being used in “the early mainstream” of enterprises, with 30-70 percent of companies having tried containerization, depending on the survey, said CEO Ben Golub during the keynote address that kicked off the day.

Golub demonstrated the use of two Docker administration tools, Datacenter and Universal Control Plane. In a skit, a developer and an IT administrator used those tools to give an interfering, alarmist salesperson (played by Golub) a view into containers’ operations while denying him the ability to interfere. “Sorry, blame it on the security team,” they told him.

The two used those tools to find a bug, patch the base image and rebuild the app. They added security with a single line of code and used Docker Swarm’s rolling-update feature to fix the problem without taking down every container running the buggy app. They resolved the issue quickly enough to get away for their planned weekend at Burning Man.

Azure CTO Mark Russinovich at DockerCon 16.

Microsoft, the conference’s chief sponsor, also demonstrated Datacenter, managing a containerized application spread across Azure and Azure Stack on-premises, in a hybrid mode. Azure CTO Mark Russinovich demonstrated MIcrosoft’s own Operation Management Suite doing the same thing. He said it works on any hybrid cloud, including Azure, AWS, Linux, OpenStack or VMWare. Docker DataCenter is now available in the Azure marketplace.

Russinovich showed the use of Azure Container Service, built on open-source orchestrator technologies including Docker Swarm. It now supports Linux and Windows Server, he said. And he announced the immediate availability of SQL Server as a Docker image on the Linux Ubuntu operating system.

As part of Microsoft’s new emphasis on openness, led  by CEO Satya Nadella, the company has been implementing a surprising amount of Linux. In one year, it’s gone from 25 percent of its Azure virtual machines running Linux to nearly 33 percent, Russinovich said.

Docker announced the private beta of Docker Store, a searchable marketplace for validated software and tools in the Docker format, including tools to manage payments, licensing and entitlement. About 35 partners have already contributed to the store, Golub said.

Among today’s product announcements:

  • AppFormix, of San Jose, Calif., announced ContainerFlow, an optimization tool it created through a collaboration with Intel — specifically, the use of Intel’s Resource Director Technology. It provides monitoring, scheduling and performance management, for example allocating the amount of cache needed to run at a certain level of performance, AppFormix said. ContainerFlow can dramatically cut latency and increase throughput, the company said.
  • Sysdig, of San Francisco, released  software it said monitors containers used within an organization’s private cloud or virtual private cloud. Sysdig also offers products for the public cloud. The new software allows a view of infrastructure, containers and applications running inside them.

More than 4,000 people are attending the event this week, double the number who attended DockerCon last year and up eight-fold from three years ago.

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