Cloud provider ASE has struck a deal to deliver docker apps with Sydney-based managed Cloud, Volt Grid.
The agreement will see ASE move a number of clients from traditional web and application hosting on Linux virtual machines to the new containerised “Docker” platform powered by Volt Grid.
ASE founder and chief executive, Andrew Sjoquist, said Docker was the next generation in virtualisation.
“Docker leverages an application containerisation technology that is part of the Linux operating system," he said.
"It goes one step further than server virtualisation, instead virtualising applications.”
By packaging applications into containers, multiple instances of an application can run on a single instance of the operating system, rather than starting multiple instances of an operating system for each application.
Volt Grid co-founder, Andrew Cutler, said the ASE Docker offering, in partnership with Volt Grid, would see the company offering platform as a service levels of automation on the ASE infrastructure.
“We’re excited to partner with ASE to bring the next level of virtualisation to the ASE infrastructure,” he said.
He said the sorts of applications that suited being “Dockerised” included web-based applications, ecommerce, customer portals and custom media applications, as well as digital marketing campaigns.
"In essence, anything that is a web-native application is suited to being 'Dockerised'," he said.
According to Andrew Sjoquist, Docker application virtualisation serves to make the whole process of virtualisation more efficient.
“We position ourselves on the edge of technology innovation,” he said.
“This is the next generation for us. It makes applications more available, scalable and cost effective for customers.”
According to a company statement, Docker is more efficient than operating system virtualisation because it packages up applications and their dependencies within virtual containers within the Linux operating system. Containerisation has been part of Linux since 2008.
Sjoquist said Docker instances could boot in under half a second.
“A complete virtual machine could take up to a minute to get up and running," he said.
"Rather than having monolithic apps, Docker chunks them down and runs them as widely as possible. This increases the efficiency and ability to scale.”