Victor Coisne

Docker <3 Oracle Solaris Zones

Victor Coisne
bgoffwritten by Brian Goff, Technical Alliances at Docker, Inc.

Integration allows Oracle users to easily distribute applications built and deployed in Oracle Solaris Zones

Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Oracle on a few projects:

• Full Docker Engine support on Oracle Linux 6 and 7
• Official Image for Oracle Linux, maintained by Oracle, on Docker Hub
• Collaboration on the official Image for MySQL

The Official Repos program is a curated set of images by the Docker community, for the Docker community. Along the way Oracle has proven to be a great contributor to this community, maintaining their Oracle Linux image and actively collaborating with the community to ensure the quality of the official MySQL image. They also provide the builds and repositories required for creating both of these images.

I am excited to share that we are working together with Oracle to bring Docker Engine to the next version of Solaris. Oracle is no stranger to container technology. Solaris Zones were created by Sun in 2005 and Oracle had been developing Solaris since they acquired Sun in 2009. Now known as Oracle Solaris Zones, many Oracle customers use this technology for scalability and for application isolation.

On Oracle Solaris, Docker Engine will take advantage of the proven Solaris Zones technology and native ZFS support to enable a truly enterprise-class solution for containers. The integration will allow enterprise customers to use the Docker open platform to easily distribute applications built and deployed in Oracle Solaris Zones—Oracle Solaris’ built-in virtualization technology. Oracle also plans to make software including Oracle WebLogic Server available for development and testing as Docker images.

Additionally at OSCON, Oracle also announced that they have joined Docker and a broad coalition of more than 35 industry leaders in the Open Containers Initiative—a project under the Linux Foundation focused on common standards for software containers. As part of the formation, Docker Inc. donated its base container format at runtime to serve as cornerstone technologies under the governance of the OCI.

We are looking forward to further collaboration with Oracle as we integrate Docker Engine with Oracle Solaris Zones. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to work together on making applications more portable across an even broader choice of platforms.



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2 thoughts on “Docker <3 Oracle Solaris Zones

  1. Does it mean Docker is going to run on Bare metal installed Solaris OS? Or inside Solaris zones? It will be container inside container…right?

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