Containers have exploded in the last 4 years and become a movement within the software industry. Building on foundations in Linux, Docker ignited this movement in 2014. IBM helped build the container foundations in Linux and, seeing the potential early, partnered with Docker to bring containers to the enterprise.

In June 2014, IBM Fellow Jerry Cuomo addressed the audience at the very first Dockercon. In his talk, Jerry called Docker’s container technology “an industry movement.”

It was a pivotal moment in both companies’ history. For Docker, IBM’s presence further solidified its legitimacy and helped set the tone and direction it would take in becoming one of the most essential tools in the cloud-native app developer’s toolbox. For IBM, which had just announced its Bluemix cloud platform, Jerry’s appearance on the Dockercon stage signaled that it was going all in on the cloud, with the aim of bringing freedom of choice and unrivaled speed to developers.

That’s how the IBM and Docker relationship started, and it’s grown and evolved dramatically in the three years since. Later that summer, in August 2014, IBM became Docker’s first enterprise partner and the first to sell and support Docker EE. IBM that month also announced the beta version of what would become IBM Container Service.

A year later, IBM made its presence known at Dockercon San Francisco, with IBMers speaking on panels and on the keynote stage. At the time, App Developer Magazine wrote, “IBM has become the first company to fully integrate the on-premises Docker Trusted Registry software with its flagship Devops and Cloud offerings.”

That year, IBM STSM Phil Estes was named a Docker Captain, which furthered IBM’s commitment to open source leadership. Phil was even featured in an animated comic on the Dockercon mainstage. Plus, IBM’s upstream contributor count rose that year from one to 25, including two core maintainers of the Docker engine.

Our commitment to worthy open source projects continued in December 2015 when IBM joined the Open Container Initiative as a founding member.

The following year, 2016, IBM took its Docker commitment to a new level. We were recognized at Dockercon Seattle as the project’s No. 2 corporate contributor, and featured seven of our speakers at the event. We showed how clients like Electronic Arts were using IBM and Docker container solutions to meet their deployment and velocity needs. We also launched a new way to empower developers to run IBM’s Blockchain using Docker containers.

This year, we’ve continued to expand our relationship with Docker. In April, we announced Docker Enterprise Edition for Linux on IBM z Systems. And next week in Copenhagen, I can promise more exciting news around the next step in this fruitful partnership.

If you’ll be in Copenhagen for Dockercon EU, I encourage you to say hello, come by our booth and find out where Docker and IBM are heading next.

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