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What's New in Docker Enterprise Edition 17.06?

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Docker has announced the general availability of the latest version of its commercially supported flagship platform -- Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 17.06 -- five months after Docker EE debuted.  The new release adds broader system support, security management, and automation.  And it is described by Docker as the only Container as a Service (CaaS) platform for managing and securing Windows, Linux and mainframe applications across any infrastructure, both on premises and in the cloud.

Docker EE is a rebranding and repositioning of Docker's commercial platform previously known as Docker Commercially Supported (CS) Edition, as well as the Docker Datacenter platform.

With the latest release, organizations have a container management platform that unites Windows, Linux and Mainframe apps on a single platform complete with customizable and flexible access control for Bring Your Own (BYO) environments; support for a broad range of applications and infrastructure types; and new capabilities for creating predefined policies that unify and automate the software supply chain. 

According to the company, the new release includes UCP 2.2 and DTR 2.3 and it "establishes Docker EE as a key IT platform for both new application development as well as application modernization across both on-premises and cloud environments." 

What's New

Multi-Architecture Orchestration

The latest release of Docker Enterprise Edition enables organizations to modernize traditional applications and microservices built on Windows, Linux or mainframe and manage these all in the same cluster.

Key new features include:

  • Support for full lifecycle management of Docker Windows containers including image scanning, secrets management, and overlay networking
  • Integrate Windows and Linux applications through the use of overlay networking to support hybrid applications
  • Ability to intelligently orchestrate across mixed clusters of Windows, Linux, and mainframe worker nodes
  • With added support of Linux on IBM z Systems, Docker delivers a consistent experience (Compose files, networking, security, lifecycle management) across Linux, Windows, and Linux-on-mainframe applications

Secure Multi-Tenancy

With the latest release of Docker EE, organizations can customize role-based access and define both physical and logical boundaries for different users and teams sharing the same Docker EE environment.

Key new features include:

  • Leverage built-in default roles or create custom roles with granular permissions from the entire Docker API
  • Assign grants to users and teams for resource collections that include services, containers, volumes, networks, and secrets
  • Leverage RBAC for nodes to segment a team's access to a specific set of nodes within a Docker EE environment

Policy-Based Automation

Image management is one area that becomes more challenging as a Docker EE environment grows and the number of images increase proportionately.  New features in Docker EE allow organizations to create pre-defined policies that can remove bottlenecks in the process to maintain compliance and prevent human errors, while still accelerating application delivery.

Key new features include:

  • Automatic image promotion using pre-defined policies to move images from one repository to another within the same registry
  • Immutable repositories prevent image tags from being modified or deleted, ensuring that production app repositories are secure and locked down
  • New APIs for:
    • Access control permissions
    • User / Team / Org management
    • Cluster configuration
 And now, it's time for a video breakdown:


Docker is reportedly in the process of securing $75 million in new funding. The new round of financing, set to close by the end of the month, would push the company's valuation to $1.3 billion.  According to the report, this latest influx of funds would help "fuel Docker's newest push to win business customers and finally monetize its free open-source tools popular with developers worldwide."

Past funding rounds have included investors such as: AME Cloud Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Ignition Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital to name but a few.

The latest version of Docker Enterprise is immediately available via our free hosted trial: 

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:01 AM by David Marshall
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