Cisco and Docker Team Up
March 2, 2017
and Docker have started a strategic alliance for worldwide engineering,
sales and support to deliver essential container capabilities for
application-centric data center and cloud infrastructure.
Customers can modernize applications using Docker Enterprise Edition
(EE) with Docker Datacenter, and deliver them securely and efficiently
across Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Cisco validated
Converged Infrastructure solutions with Cisco partners. Cisco and Docker
will deliver unified and certified solutions for the entire application
journey, whether organizations are containerizing traditional
applications, refactoring applications to microservices, or creating new
applications. Docker EE with Docker Datacenter running on Cisco UCS will
provide application developers a seamless way to deploy, iterate,
re-deploy, and monitor applications onto production infrastructure.
This worldwide initiative between two industry leaders will deliver:
Reduced complexity for improved
manageability and automation, leveraging the unified, highly scalable
architecture of Cisco UCS, with consistent management across all
computing environments - traditional and modern. Cisco UCS is ideal for
distributed, microservices application architectures with high
performance networking and comprehensive infrastructure controls via
application programming interfaces.
Scalable, resilient, secure
networking for containerized applications using Contiv, a
Cisco-initiated open source project that allows IT organizations to
implement comprehensive network policy enforcement.
"The powerful combination of Cisco's leading UCS product line for Cloud
infrastructure and Docker's containerized technology will offer
customers high levels of security, manageability and scale," said Liz
Centoni, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Computing
Systems Product Group. "Developers and IT, working together, can now
build, ship, and deploy container applications anywhere."
"Enterprises are increasingly looking to Docker to modernize their
traditional applications so their investment in Linux and Windows Server
applications can achieve major operational efficiencies while making
these applications more agile, cloud-ready and more secure" said Ben
Golub, CEO, Docker. "This strategic partnership brings even more
opportunity for these enterprises by running Dockerized applications on
a validated Cisco UCS infrastructure that is optimized for security,
availability, performance and scale."
Docker EE is the leading container platform for enterprise developers
and IT teams that are looking to converge a diverse set of application
pipelines under one uniform packaging format, API & tooling for all
their applications across the entire application lifecycle. Docker EE
establishes the foundation for a Containers as a Service (CaaS) model
that becomes the framework for an enterprise software supply chain where
any applications (traditional and microservices) can be managed
centrally and uniformly across any infrastructure.
Joint sales and support programs across Docker, Cisco and Cisco channel
partners ensure that Docker EE works seamlessly for applications
deployed across hybrid cloud, converged infrastructure, converged
storage, hyperconverged infrastructure, and Cisco servers. Enterprise
customers have the assurance of Cisco-supported Docker platform as part
of this strategic relationship.
Cisco and Docker plan to deliver joint solutions, which will be
available through Cisco's partner channels with full support:
Contiv: Contiv is a
Cisco-sponsored, completely open source networking fabric for
heterogeneous Docker deployments across virtual machines, bare-metal,
and public or private clouds. As the industry's most powerful container
networking fabric, Contiv, with its Layer2, Layer3, overlay and ACI
modes, natively integrates with Cisco infrastructure and complements
Docker by directly mapping the application intent with the
infrastructure capabilities using rich networking and security policies.
At Cisco Live! Berlin 2017, Cisco announced the availability of Contiv
1.0. Cisco and Docker announced today that Contiv is now a Docker
Certified plugin, through participation in the Docker Certification
Program, a framework for partners to integrate and certify their
technology to the Docker Enterprise Edition commercial platform. Contiv
is available as a certified plugin in the Docker Store.
Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for
Docker Data Center on Cisco UCS: Customers can quickly deploy Docker
Datacenter in a development or production environment on Cisco UCS
B-Series blade servers or C-Series rack servers by leveraging a
certified reference architecture and best practices for deployment. This
solution is targeted at stateless container deployments and comes with
entry and mid-range configurations; it is ideal for customers who want
to jump start their container journey.
Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Docker Data Center on Converged
Infrastructure: Cisco, a leader in the converged infrastructure market,
brings its proven data center architecture to containerized deployments
through its CVD "Flexpod with Docker Data Center for Container
Management." This CVD delivers a highly available and scalable converged
infrastructure solution including how to deploy and configure Docker
Datacenter on FlexPod to utilize both virtual and bare-metal instances
of Docker Universal Control Plane (UCP) nodes. The reference
architecture also includes manual deployment and automated deployment
processes for Cisco UCS and the Docker volume plugin for NetApp storage.
Cisco has a proven history of working with partners to develop solutions
that deliver business value. The Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco
UCS) and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) are open
infrastructure frameworks supported by broad, mature partner ecosystem.
The alliance with Docker will extend benefits of Cisco's data center
architectures to container environments, and the two companies will
collaborate going forward to bring additional solutions to the