Docker, Inc.

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Docker, Inc.
IndustryComputer software
PredecessordotCloud, Inc
Key people
Solomon Hykes, Ben Golub
ProductsDocker, Docker Hub

Docker, Inc is the company behind development of Docker (software), an open-source project that automates the deployment of code inside software containers. Docker, Inc had over 423 employees in 2015 and is based in San Francisco, California[1]


Docker Inc booth at LinuxCon 2016

The company was founded as dotCloud, Inc. in 2010 by Solomon Hykes.[2] In July, 2013, Benjamin Golub (formerly of Plaxo and Gluster) became chief executive.[3]

On September 19, 2013, dotCloud and Red Hat announced an alliance to integrate Docker with OpenShift Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering.[4] On October 29, 2013 dotCloud, Inc was renamed to Docker, Inc.[5][6]

On July 23, 2014, Docker acquired two-person startup Orchard.[7] On August 4, 2014 the dotCloud technology and brand was sold to cloudControl.[8] Four person company Koality was acquired on October 7, 2014.[9][10] On October 15, 2014 Microsoft announced a partnership,[11] and its services were announced for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) on November 13, 2014.[12]

Docker was estimated to be valued at over $1 billion, making it what is called a "unicorn company", after a $95 million fundraising round in April 2015.[13]

In April 2014, it was revealed that the C.I.A.'s investment arm In-Q-Tel was a large investor in Docker.[18]



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  2. ^ "Form D: Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities". US SEC. March 30, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Maureen O'Gara (July 26, 2013). "Ben Golub, Who Sold Gluster to Red Hat, Now Running dotCloud". DevOps Journal. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Red Hat and dotCloud Collaborate on Docker to Bring Next Generation Linux Container Enhancements to OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service".
  5. ^ Ben Golub (October 29, 2013). "dotCloud, Inc. is Becoming Docker, Inc". Docker Blog. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "dotCloud, Inc. is Now Docker, Inc". Press release. October 29, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
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  9. ^ Ron Miller. "Docker Acquires Koality In Engineering Talent Grab". Tech Crunch. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Simon Sharwood (October 7, 2014). "Docker acqui-slurps Koality: This one's for you, devs, to stop containers spilling into messy projects". The Register. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Docker and Microsoft partner to bring container applications across platforms - News Center".
  12. ^ Jeff Barr (November 13, 2014). "Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) – Container Management for the AWS Cloud". Amazon Web Services Blog. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Jordan Novet (June 13, 2015). "Docker, now valued at $1B, paid someone $799 for its logo on 99designs". Venture Beat. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
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  15. ^ "Docker Secures $40M in Series C Funding to Drive the Future of Distributed Applications". Business Wire.
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  17. ^ "Docker adds $18M to latest funding, brings round up to $113M". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  18. ^ Weinberger, Matt (2016-04-14). "The CIA secretly invested in two of Silicon Valley's hottest startups". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  19. ^ "Docker buys Orchard, a 2-man startup with a cloud service for running Docker-friendly apps".
  20. ^ Vanian, Jonathan (4 March 2015). "Docker buys SocketPlane as it builds out its container-networking strategy".
  21. ^ "Docker Acquires Kitematic; the Fastest, Easiest Way to Run Docker on Mac - Business Wire".
  22. ^ "Docker Acquires Tutum To Help IT Teams Deploy and Manage Production Apps - Docker Blog". 21 October 2015.
  23. ^ "Docker Acquires Unikernel Systems to Extend the Breadth of the Docker Platform".
  24. ^ "The Dawn of the Orchestration-for-All Era: Docker welcomes the creators of the Aurora project - Docker Blog". 3 March 2016.
  25. ^ "Docker Acquires Infinit: A New Data Layer For Distributed Applications - Docker Blog". 6 December 2016.