Mirantis announces first post-acquisition release of Docker Enterprise
Cloud software company Mirantis Inc. today released its first major update to the Docker Enterprise platform since acquiring it from its former owner Docker Inc. last November.
The Docker Enterprise 3.1 release brings new features for the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration software, as well as graphics processing unit support for artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.
Docker Enterprise is a suite of tools for developers of containerized software applications, which can be built once and run on any kind of computing infrastructure. The platform offers features that help companies manage, secure and monitor those apps.
Mirantis bought Docker Enterprise last year, saying it plans to integrate the service with its Mirantis Cloud Platform, which helps enterprises deploy and run Kubernetes on on-premises hardware.
The highlights of today’s release are an updated version of Kubernetes, which now supports nodes running on Windows Server, and support for Nvidia Corp.’s GPUs. Now, the company said, administrators of a Docker Enterprise cluster can more easily join Windows Server 2019 nodes to a Docker Enterprise cluster.
That enables users within an organization to use Kubernetes to orchestrate Windows containers. In addition, pods can now interoperate when running on nodes in a mixed cluster consisting of Windows Server and Linux nodes.
Mirantis is also adding some new support options for Docker Enterprise customers. There are now three support tiers, including “LabCare,” which provides basic 24×7 support for demanding “tier 1” cases, plus the new “ProdCare” and “OpsCare” tiers. Services include remote managed operations with enhanced service level agreements, a designated customer success manager, proactive monitoring and alerting, and dedicated resource, including ongoing health checks and reviews.
Mirantis is also debuting a new command-line interface tool for deploying clusters of containers and upgrades to the platform.
Constellation Research Inc. analyst Holger Mueller told SiliconANGLE that some users may have had questions about the functional richness of Docker Enterprise following its acquisition by Mirantis. “Those questions can be put aside with the first release under Mirantis’ ownership,” he said.
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