15 Sep 2015 in Docker, Perspective

Why I'm Excited About Docker

Docker is already being used in production by big companies, has received a tremendous amount of publicity, and continues to spur excitement in the tech industry. For a project that is only two years old, this success is unprecedented.

In the first post of this miniseries, I’d like to share the reasons behind my excitement about Docker and explain why I think Docker has made my work as a developer easier. In the second post in this miniseries, I will summarise what I learnt from the interesting announcements and demos at DockerCon, which took place in San Francisco in June.

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10 Sep 2015 in Series: Ready Made, Java, Round-up

Ready-made Java-based Containers, Part One

Despite not being seen as very "trendy", Java is a hugely popular and important language that dominates the mobile market, open source, and of course, the enterprise. Did you know, for instance, that 63% of the projects at The Apache Software Foundation are written in Java?

Fortunately, Java developers aren’t left out in the cold by advances in container technology. And this post highlights four popular Java-based Docker images, their configuration, and how they can help your team work more efficiently.

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8 Sep 2015 in Support

Pandas: Performing in Public

How we learned to love letting it all hang out...

Support Panda

After each support call here at Engine Yard we ask our customers:

"How'd we do?"

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2 Sep 2015 in Docker, Containers

Get Started With Docker on Your Non-Linux PC

Though having been around for quite some time now, containers have recently become one of the most sought after technologies. Docker made containerization cool. Seemingly everyone is running—or wants to run—their software in a Docker container. And rightly so. After all, containers are lightweight, easy to deploy, and scalable.

But what if you’re late to the party? If you’re just getting started with Docker, you probably have a thousand questions to ask. Perhaps one of them is: "do I need a Linux box to run Docker? If not, how will that work?"

In this post we'll take a look at that question and get you started on the basics. We’ll learn how to install Docker, create containers from images, and run containers on a non-Linux PC.

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