UPDATED 11:00 EDT / APRIL 19 2017


Oracle drops its flagship database into the Docker Store

Oracle Corp. is diving headlong into the software container game, teaming up with Docker Inc. to make its most popular products available in the Docker Store.

Oracle said that its Oracle Database, Oracle MySQL, Oracle Java 8 SE Runtime Environment, Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Coherence and Oracle Instant Client products are now all available as images on the Docker store. Developers can use these tools alongside the Docker Enterprise Edition container platform to immediately begin building, testing and deploying cloud-native applications.

Explaining the move, Oracle said the popularity of software containers with developers was growing all the time. However, it reckons that many enterprises are holding off from using the technology in their most critical apps, even though the demand for new applications is outpacing development capabilities.

“Docker is revolutionizing the way developers build and deploy modern applications, but mission-critical systems in the enterprise have been a holdout until now,” said Mark Cavage, vice president of software development at Oracle. He added that Oracle was bringing its “bedrock software” to millions of developers in the hope they’’ll begin using it to develop enterprise-grade applications.

Docker Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ben Golub discussed some of the reasons for the popularity of software containers during an appearance on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, on Tuesday at DockerCon17 in Austin, Texas. (* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner at DockerCon. Neither Docker nor other conference sponsors have editorial influence on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

“Just by taking a traditional application, putting it inside a Docker container … you’re getting better performance … without changing a single line of code,” Golub said. “It’s agility, but part of agility is making sure that your existing applications don’t slow you down. By focusing on the app, we actually let people choose the infrastructure that they want.”

Oracle itself is no stranger to software containers, as there are currently more than 100 images of the company’s products available on the Docker Hub, including OpenJDK and Oracle Linux. However, Oracle’s flagship products were previously not available in the Docker Store, which is a newer marketplace specifically geared for enterprise customers.

“With this new partnership, developers looking to use containers for their businesses can now access the world’s most popular databases and developer tools and leverage the performance and robustness of Oracle in their applications, all in just a few clicks,” said Marianna Tessel, executive vice president of strategic development at Docker.

Oracle also took the opportunity to promote its own cloud solution alongside the new offerings on Docker Store. It said developers can use Oracle Cloud to deploy its software images on infrastructure including bare metal servers, managed containers or virtual machines, and is offering $300 worth of free credits for those willing to give it a whirl.

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