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Docker Extends Distributed App Portability Effort with Tutum Acquisition

Docker has acquired Tutum, a startup that provides a platform for development, deployment and management of cloud-scale apps, for an undisclosed amount.

The two-year-old startup has built its entire platform and cloud service based on the native Docker APIs and has native drivers to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer, DIgital Ocean, among others, to enable the movement of containerized workloads across clouds and private datacenters.

Tutum's offering is still in beta but the company has 24,000 beta users and hundreds of deployments, said Borja Burgos-Galindo, cofounder and CEO of Tutum, in an interview. The company has not committed to a timeframe for general availability, he said.

"What's most important is the notion of letting users bring their own infrastructure," Burgos-Galindo said. "This also goes to Docker's choice to users. What this enables our users to do is bring the infrastructure they have provisioned that Docker may not natively integrate with their on-premises infrastructure."

Today the platform can grab any Linux virtual machine, whether it's on a laptop or on an OpenStack deployment or on VMware and bring it into Tutum, he explained. "Tutum can use that infrastructure as an endpoint on which to deploy the containerized applications, he said.

It will also be able to grab Windows workloads once Windows Server 2016 with support for Docker Hub becomes available. "We're excited to bring this from the Linux world to the Windows world," Burgos-Galindo said.

The ability to build, ship and run apps in this type of infrastructure will lend itself well to those that need to run in distributed environments comprising a private data center and public cloud environments, said David Messina, vice president of enterprise marketing at Docker.

Tutum has 11 employees, all of whom have joined Docker.  

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 10/21/2015 at 2:44 PM


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