Docker has announced the launch of its Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) Program that would enable enterprise IT organizations to modernize legacy applications, transforming them in hybrid cloud deployments while simultaneously “realizing substantial savings in their total cost of ownership (TCO).”
The MTA program is designed for IT operations teams and consists of professional services, Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) Standard (Docker Datacenter) for application management, and hybrid cloud infrastructure from partners. Central to the program is containerizing existing legacy/traditional applications – regardless of whether they are Linux or Windows applications – into Docker containers and deploying and managing these applications onto partners’ infrastructure using Docker EE.
As containerization of a legacy/traditional application does not require modifying source code, IT operations teams can immediately reap the benefits of portability, security and efficiency. The program’s professional services engagement includes containerizing a Linux or Windows application, deploying and managing the application to partner hybrid cloud infrastructure using Docker EE, and educating the customer on ‘best practices’ for managing the lifecycle of the containerized application.
“Legacy applications, anchored to on-premises data centers, represent more than 90 percent of enterprise applications deployed today and on average account for 80 percent of IT budgets,” said Scott Johnston, COO of Docker. “Because these applications require upgrades for security, compliance and general maintenance, a large percentage of time, money and effort is spent maintaining them instead of focusing on innovation and more strategic IT initiatives. Through the MTA program, Docker enables enterprise IT to more efficiently modernize legacy applications and transform them into hybrid cloud deployments – a top priority for CIOs according to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud survey.”
In partnership with Avanade, Cisco, HPE and Microsoft, Docker is helping organizations like Northern Trust, a leading financial services firm, to make existing applications highly secured; more efficient to maintain, deploy and run; and portable to any infrastructure – cloud, hybrid and on-premises.
In the case of Northern Trust, the MTA program would enable the Enterprise Technology team to provision traditional applications as much as four times faster than previously – while improving the security profile by scanning for and remediating vulnerabilities more efficiently. Northern Trust has been a Docker user for the past three years and is an investor in the company.
“Docker gives our IT developers the agility and flexibility to move applications through the testing and production environments more quickly and securely,” said Scott Murray, Chief Technology Officer of Northern Trust. “This speed of deployment will directly benefit traditional applications and support our overall adoption of enterprise agile, allowing us to roll out services to our clients more rapidly. At the same time, the containerized environment, in the long run, will help with improved density in the data centers, allowing us to better manage our operating costs.”