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Author: David Widen

What is Docker Enterprise Edition 17.06?

What is Docker Enterprise Edition 17.06?

by David Widen | Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 | Docker

Back in March 2017, Docker Inc. announced the release of Docker Enterprise Edition (Docker EE), a new version of the Docker platform packaged with other enterprise products to support business-critical and production deployments. After a full 6 months of aggressive adoption by the enterprise community at large, Docker Inc. has released their newest version of Docker EE, designed to completely change the market with respect to production deployments, security, and multi-platform software systems.

Run Your Microservice Applications in High Availability Mode with Docker Swarm

Run Your Microservice Applications in High Availability Mode with Docker Swarm

by David Widen | Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 | Docker

Reliability and upgradability are standard expectations today for production software; there are no two better means to achieve that than through microservices and High Availability (HA) architectural constructs. Microservice applications are lightweight, fault tolerant and easy to use. HA means you have multiple instances of your applications running in parallel to handle increased load or failures. These two paradigms fit perfectly into Docker Swarm, the built-in orchestrator that comes with Docker. Deploying your applications like this will improve your uptime which translates to happy users.

Deploy your Stateful Web Applications in Docker Swarm using Traefik Sticky Sessions

Deploy your Stateful Web Applications in Docker Swarm using Traefik Sticky Sessions

by David Widen | Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 | Docker

The shift away from monolithic legacy applications to microservices has been long coming. The benefits of deploying your application as a microservice far outweigh any additional complexity or costs. High availability, redundancy, robustness, cost, and ease of development are only a few of the advantages.

Docker has significantly sped up this process. With Docker, you can package your applications in lightweight containers and run them on any system with a Docker Engine. When Docker Swarm was released, they brought native orchestration to our production clusters. Stateless applications fit perfectly into this deployment model; however, what about stateful services?

Configuring your stateful application to work with load balancers in high availability mode used to require a significant amount of effort. You needed to point your load balancers at a set of reverse proxies. These proxies needed to cache cookies or other metadata to determine how to route traffic from the web connections to containers providing your services. All of this was fairly complicated and costly, until Traefik and Docker Swarm came along.

BoxBoat Technologies and Sage Consulting Announce Strategic Partnership

BoxBoat Technologies and Sage Consulting Announce Strategic Partnership

by David Widen | Friday, Jul 14, 2017 | News

BoxBoat Technologies (BoxBoat), an enterprise container advisory and Docker implementation services company and Sage Solutions Consulting (Sage), a leading provider of IT Solutions with a strong practice in ERP security, identity management, governance risk and compliance (GRC), and Big Data Analytics today announced a new strategic partnership. The partnership will combine BoxBoat’s expertise in containers, microservices and continuous delivery practices with Sage’s strong IT consulting practice to deliver end-to-end solutions targeted to streamline customer’s DevOps workflow and modernize their legacy applications.

Docker QuickStart Tutorial

Docker QuickStart Tutorial

by David Widen | Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 | Docker Education

So you want to start using Docker? You’ve come to the right place! Docker is software that lets you build, ship, and run any application, anywhere by packaging your code with its dependencies in a platform independent “container” (hence the container ship). It is extremely useful for students, small developers, and even enterprise production environments. However, this guide is not about what Docker is, so check out these links if you want more information:

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