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Docker gives into inevitable and offers native Kubernetes support

Docker gives into inevitable and offers native Kubernetes support
From TechCrunch - October 17, 2017

When it comes to container orchestration, it seems clear that Kubernetes, the open source tool developed by Google, has won the battle for operations hearts and minds. It therefore shouldnt come as a surprise to anyone whos been paying attention that Docker announced native support for Kubernetes today at DockerCon Europe in Copenhagen.

The company hasnt given up completely on its own orchestration tool, Docker Swarm, but by offering native Kubernetes support for the first time, it is acknowledging that people are using it in sufficient numbers that they have to build in support. To take the sting away from supporting a rival tool, they are offering an architecture that enables users to select an orchestration engine at run time. That can be Swarm or Kubernetes each time without any need to alter code, Banjot Chanana, head of product at Docker told TechCrunch.

Before todays announcement, while it was possible to use Kubernetes with Docker, it wasnt necessarily an easy process. With the new Kubernetes support, it should be far simpler for both Docker Enterprise Edition and Docker Developer Edition users.

Chanana says that because of the way Docker is architected it wasnt actually that difficult to offer Kubernetes alongside Docker Swarm and do it in a way that it wouldnt look or feel like a bolt-on. Docker gives customers a standard way to build program containers. This is usually taken care of by the developer in the DevOps model.

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