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Oracle nudges enterprises towards using Docker

Oracle has pushed itself further into the Docker community by allowing developers to now pull images of their flagship databases and developer tools through the Docker Store.

Effective immediately, developers can pull images of Oracle products including Oracle Database, Oracle MySQL, Oracle Java 8 SE Runtime Environment and Oracle Coherence. These arrive alongside over 100 images of Oracle products that are already available in the Docker Hub, including Open JDK and Oracle Linux. This move is reportedly occurring through the Docker Certification Program, a framework for partners to integrate and certify their technology to the Docker EE commercial platform.

Encouragement to the enterprise

According to Mark Cavage, vice president of software development at Oracle, this move is aimed at encouraging enterprises to lower their guard when it comes to using Docker for the building and deployment of mission-critical applications and systems.

“Docker is revolutionizing the way developers build and deploy modern applications, but mission-critical systems in the enterprise have been a holdout until now,” Cavage said. “Together with Docker, Oracle is bringing bedrock software to millions of developers enabling them to create enterprise-grade solutions that meet stringent security, performance and resiliency SLAs with the high level of productivity and low friction that they have come to expect from Dockerizing their application development stack.”

A hesitant enterprise, for better or worse

Surveys about the use of application containers in the enterprise have shown that a rapidly increasing number of enterprises are interested in Docker, with its popularity outpacing other explosive trends like PaaS and DevOps.

However, there has traditionally been hesitancy amongst enterprises to use application containers like Docker for mission-critical applications, due, for instance, to concerns pertaining to multi-tenant security and data persistence. As such, many have opted to either stick with virtual machines or find some sort of combination of the two rather than deploying solely using Docker containers.

However, Docker has made many changes to its services that have well prepared it for enterprise use, and the addition of high-level support from Oracle may just be the nudge enterprises need to come out from hiding behind their VMs.

What do you think? Does Oracle’s new availability in the Docker Hub change your mind about using Docker in the enterprise? Let us know with your comments.

Read the full copy of the Oracle press release about this new release.

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