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Docker Hub Accelerates Application Delivery by 600 Percent

Docker, the organization behind the open platform for distributed applications, today announced an update to Docker Hub, a cloud service for automating the workflows of development teams, that further accelerates application delivery and increases team productivity. As a result of this update, which includes a new application architecture and a completely new front-end technology stack, Docker Hub users are seeing 2.5 times faster downloads and 1.9 times faster UI response times. Teams use Docker Hub to integrate source code management, build and QA tools in order to reduce their commit-to-deploy cycle times from days to minutes, often enabling them to ship applications seven times more frequently than before.

Because of this impact, in the last 12 months Docker Hub has experienced 390 percent growth in users, 480 percent growth in applications and a rapid increase in the number of ecosystem partners. Plugin support from Docker Hub’s broad set of ecosystem partners allows development teams to use their existing tools in their automated workflows assembled with Docker Hub.

Couchbase is one of the more than 17,000 organizations using Docker Hub to automate their development workflows. Couchbase delivers the world’s highest performing NoSQL distributed database platform. Developers around the world use the Couchbase platform to build enterprise web, mobile, and IoT applications that support massive data volumes in real time. By using Docker Hub with the Jenkins Official Repository, Couchbase is able to not only accelerate their CI pipeline but also keep a history of all the images ever created. This uniquely aids their customer support team by instantly being able to reproduce the exact build when researching customer issues.

“Docker’s encapsulation and isolation benefits make it easy for Couchbase to package up build requirement into a single container, instantly spinning up new containers on demand to test proposed changes,” said Tim Stephan, head of product marketing at Couchbase. “By integrating Docker Hub with Jenkins, we are able to accelerate and further automate our CI pipeline for testing new images, reducing the time required to build and test from days to minutes. With Docker, we are able to maintain a full inventory of current and historical images while being able to easily share the right images across our various build environments and development teams and ship any change.”

Since Docker Hub takes advantage of a development team’s existing tools, automating workflows for building and shipping “Dockerized” applications is quick and easy. For example, Docker Hub provides out-of-the-box integration with cloud-based source code management services Bitbucket, GitHub and GitLabs and continuous integration tools CircleCI, Jenkins (CI/CD), Shippable and Travis CI. Docker Hub’s APIs and broad partner ecosystem ensure development teams will be able to leverage and extend their investment in one common tool chain to build distributed applications with the freedom of choice to explore other solutions if their requirements evolve over time. Using Docker Hub’s webhooks, build triggers and repository links, a development team can combine these with Docker Hub’s own image registry and automated build services to quickly assemble custom workflows. This allows teams to focus on building their applications and avoid having to adopt and learn completely new tools and processes.

Since its launch at DockerCon SF in June 2014, Docker Hub has experienced explosive growth. For example, application downloads have grown by more than 280 times to 860 million. This has required more than 200 TB of storage and consumed over 400 TB of network bandwidth. Given this growth, in order to scale for the future, the Docker team completely re-architected Docker Hub from top-to-bottom. Thanks to significant Docker engineering investment in infrastructure providers, a new application architecture and a completely new front-end technology stack, users are seeing 2.5 times faster downloads and 1.9 times faster UI response times.

“Docker Hub adoption and usage has exceeded our expectations, and so to stay ahead of the growth we needed to update our architecture and technology stacks,” said Marianna Tessel, SVP of engineering, Docker. “We expect the investments we made in this update to carry us successfully into 2016, and we’ll update and upgrade the stack as the Docker Hub community and content continue to grow.”

Published Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:58 AM by David Marshall
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