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Docker and Arm collaborate to push containerised apps to the edge

Written by Thu 25 Apr 2019

Docker and Arm have announced a new partnership that makes it easier for Docker devs to create containerised apps for Arm systems

Distributed architecture is on the rise driven by the spread of IoT devices, and British chipmaker Arm and container-creators Docker think containerised apps are the key to handling this uptick in data processing at the edge.

To facilitate the speedy development of containers fit for Arm-based edge infrastructure, the two companies have announced they will integrate the Arm platform into Docker’s enterprise toolkit, allowing Docker devs to build, deploy and manage containers for Arm systems from their x86 desktops.

Arm is primarily known for designing ARM-based CPUs, but also has a suite of developer solutions that allow for the creation of apps that fully harness its processors’ power.

These solutions are now integrated into Docker’s desktop platforms, allowing Docker devs to build apps on non-Arm systems and deploy them to the cloud, edge and IoT devices. Docker devs usually have to build containers they wish to run on the Arm platform on an Arm-based server.

The companies will also provide a Docker Enterprise Engine for Arm-based Amazon EC2 A1 instances, meaning apps developed can be deployed on these AWS instances.

The partnership will eventually extend to cover the complete software lifecycle, from production to device management, the companies said. In other words, a comprehensive cloud-based development environment for writing and delivering apps to cloud, edge and IoT devices.

“Extending to the edge furthers our enterprise vision of providing one single platform for building and running all applications,” said David Messina, EVP of strategic alliances at Docker.

“The pervasiveness of Arm-powered technologies across the global internet infrastructure market is unmatched and now nearly two million Docker developers will be able to build and scale applications for the cloud and these connected devices quickly and securely. From product integration and technology innovation to a joint go-to-market approach, this partnership empowers enterprises to create new services and drive differentiation at the edge.”

Written by Thu 25 Apr 2019

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