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What is Docker?


Docker, the company behind Docker Hub and Docker Desktop, is an American technology company. The company, previously known as dotCloud, is located in Palo Alto, California. It develops developer productivity tools built around Docker. It aims to help developers to innovate with their choice of tools, application stacks, and deployment environments. Docker’s solutions are used by more than 11 million developers with more than 13 billion monthly image downloads.

In 2013, Docker introduced what would become the industry standard for containers, which are the standardized unit of software allowing developers to isolate the apps from the environment. Millions are developers are now using Docker to build and share containerized apps, from desktop to the cloud.

Docker was founded in 2008 by Kamel Founadi, Solomon Hykes, and Sebastien Pahl in Paris. During its first years, it was named as dotCloud. In 2013, Benjamin Golub was appointed as chief executive officer of the company. Before it was renamed Docker in 2013, the company announced a partnership with OpenShift Red Hat’s offering. With the alliance, Docker was integrated into the offering.

A year later, the company acquired Orchard and partnered with Microsoft. Also in 2014, its services were announced for the Amazon EC2. With a fundraising round in April 2015, Docker became a “unicorn company” with its value over $1 billion. In 2019, a cloud company, Mirantis acquired Docker’s enterprise business and Docker Engine.

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