Oracle is the latest firm to get behind the Docker containers platform, declaring plans to integrate Docker support into its Solaris Zones technology as part of an ongoing strategy to push Solaris as an enterprise-grade platform for building cloud infrastructure.
Announced this week, the integration will allow enterprise customers to use the Docker platform to easily distribute applications built and deployed in Oracle Solaris Zones, the firm said.
As part of the same plans, Oracle will also make tools such as WebLogic Server available for development and testing as Docker images.
However, in response to a query from V3, Oracle said it could not disclose a timeframe for when Docker support would be available.
Solaris Zones (originally called Solaris Containers) has been a feature of the Unix-based Solaris operating system since at least Solaris 10 a decade ago.
It started out as a technology for developers to build and test new applications but was soon adopted by customers as a way of deploying production workloads.
Now, with the rest of the industry adopting containers as a convenient way to deploy and scale up applications in cloud-based infrastructure, Oracle sees an opportunity to get on board by integrating Docker, one of the most commonly used container standards, with Solaris Zones.
"Oracle Solaris Zones makes moving to hybrid cloud environments secure and simple with no virtualisation overhead or expense," said Oracle's Markus Flierl, vice president for Solaris core technology.
"Today's announcement really gives developers the best of both worlds - access to Oracle Solaris' enterprise class security, resource isolation and superior analytics, with the ability to easily create containers in dev/test, production and cloud environments."
Docker, the company behind the Docker open source project, welcomed the move, saying that the integration of Docker with Oracle Solaris Zones will bring a mature and proven container technology to Docker environments running in enterprise-class clouds.
Oracle integrated Solaris with the OpenStack cloud framework in the Solaris 11.2 release last year, and pushed out a beta for the next version of the platform, Solaris 11.3, earlier this month.
This already showcases new Solaris Zones features such as secure live migration, live reconfiguration and verified boot for Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones.
It also adds support for the 'software in silicon' accelerator capabilities that Oracle is building into the upcoming Sparc M7 processor.
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