Docker Unveils Federated Application Management Across Multi-Cloud Environments

Docker has unveiled new capabilities for Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), its enterprise-ready container platform, and Docker Desktop – an “easy-to-install” desktop environment for building applications, that extend the development and secured management of containerized applications on premises and across multiple clouds.

Federated application management, a new capability available on Docker EE, provides a single management plane to automate the management and security of containerized applications on premises and across hosted Kubernetes-based cloud services including Azure AKS, AWS EKS and Google GKE.

With Docker EE, IT operations would have an aggregated view and automated model for deploying, migrating and replicating applications. Additionally, organizations can centrally control and secure the software supply chain to provide a single “source of truth” for their entire containerized application portfolio.

“With an estimated 85 percent of today’s enterprise IT organizations employing a multi-cloud strategy, it has become more critical that customers have a ‘single pane of glass’ for managing their entire application portfolio,” said Scott Johnston, Chief Product Officer of Docker. “Docker Enterprise Edition delivers on the promise of the cloud by offering customers the portability benefits of containerized applications and the management of those containerized applications across all infrastructure. Additionally, Docker EE is the only container platform to manage and secure both legacy and modern applications in Linux, Windows and multi-cloud customer environments, offering customers unparalleled choice and the flexibility to evolve their environments as their business requirements change.”

In addition to federated application management, Docker is previewing two other new capabilities:

  • Docker is announcing Windows Server containers on Kubernetes in Docker Enterprise Edition.
  • Docker is also extending the power of containerization to a broader range of enterprise developers with new template-based workflows for Docker Desktop.

Docker Availability

Docker federated application management capabilities for Docker Enterprise Edition will be in beta in 2H 2018. Support for Kubernetes on Windows Server will be available in Docker Enterprise Edition in 2H 2018. The new template-based workflows for Docker Desktop will also be available in 2H 2018. To sign up for the respective betas, it’s possible to register at