In the world of cloud computing, Docker is the new big thing. Docker has been become popular with industry leaders such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Docker developers have sampled technologies from Google’s long history. In addition, Docker’s software developers promise that they will overhaul their software across the internet; thus, providing users easier and more efficient ways of developing and using websites and/or some of the larger online apps.
Docker has been coined as a “shipping container for the online universe” by some (specifically those at wired.com). This is because it allows software developers to package up their software and easily move it between machines. This is especially helpful when working with huge apps like Google, Twitter and/or Facebook. Before programs like Docker, developers would have work hard to divide such programs between multitudes of machines (upwards of thousands). Docker makes it simpler.
Some believe that Docker has evolved past what it was conceptualized as—that it’s not just the originally designed simple container. Alex Polvi, co-founder and CEO of CoreOS (the parent company of Docker’s closest rival, Rocket) thinks that now Docker is less of a container to build software and more of a software to run Docker containers. Moreover, Polvi feels that this evolution has made Docker far too complex.
Docker is being filled with enough software to allow developers to be able to build and run the most complex of applications; however, some, Polvi included, feel that docker should have remained the simple program used to develop online apps.
To provide developers with an alternative to Docker (and a program that is closer to Docker’s original form), Polvi and CoreOS developed Rocket. With all the promise that Docker has shown to the tech world, some of the earlier Docker supporters believe that it has evolved away from what Docker set out to provide. This has led companies to seek alternatives like Rocket. San Francisco based startup, CoreOS has launched Rocket (a more open source Docker alternative) which many feel is what Docker was at one time.
Even with the competition that Rocket is providing Docker, Google and Mesosphere’s cloud computing software will continue to partner with (and run) Docker containers. This is because the industry relies on Linux containers.
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