Chris Hines

Webinar Q&A: Introducing Docker Enterprise Edition (EE)

A few weeks ago we announced Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), the trusted, certified and supported container platform. Docker EE enables IT teams to establish a Containers as a Service (CaaS) environment to converge legacy, ISV and microservices apps into a single software supply chain that is flexible, secure and infrastructure independent. With a built in orchestration architecture (swarm mode) Docker EE allows app teams to compose and schedule simple to complex apps to drive their digital transformation initiatives.

On March 14th we hosted a live webinar to provide an overview and demonstration of Docker EE. View the recorded session below and read through some of the most popular questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is Docker EE licensed?

A: Docker EE is licensed per node. A node is an instance running on a bare metal or virtual server. For more details visit www.docker.com/pricing

Q: Is Google Cloud also one of your certified infrastructure partners?

A: Docker EE is available today for both Azure and AWS. Google Cloud is currently offered as a private beta with Docker Community Edition. Learn more in this blog post and sign up at https://beta.docker.com 

Q: What technology is used for the security scanning and vulnerability features of Docker EE? Does security scanning have a separate license?

A: Docker Security Scanning is the technology that conducts binary level scanning of Docker images and continuous vulnerability monitoring. This capability is included in the Docker EE Advanced subscription tier.  A free 30 day trial is available for you to try security scanning.

Q: Will signing and scanning images and the vulnerabilities for that image work on any image that is internally developed or only images that are downloaded from the Docker Store?

A: Yes, signing and scanning works for any image that is pushed to the on-premises registry (DTR) that is part of Docker EE.

Q: Where can I see the key features included in each of the different Docker EE tiers?

A: There are three tiers: Basic, Standard and Advanced. A comparison table is available at www.docker.com/pricing. 

Docker EE

Q: Can we use the container management layer (UCP) with Docker Community Edition?

A: No. The container management (UCP) and image registry (DTR) are tested, validated and supported for the Docker EE certified infrastructure only.

Q: Can you run Docker Certified Containers over Docker CE Engine?

A: No. Certified Containers and Plugins are tested, validated and supported to the Docker EE certified infrastructure only.

Q: How does the licensing work for Certified Containers and Plugins downloaded from Docker Store?

A: Similar to many other software marketplaces, Docker Store provides an interface for the publisher to provide a pay as you go or BYOL style of container for the Docker Store. Entitlement and upgrades are managed through the Docker Store by the publisher. The publisher can determine the subscription price for the end user.

Q: What is the difference between Docker CE and Docker EE?

A: The Docker product page provides a comparison between Docker CE and EE. https://www.docker.com/get-docker. Docker CE provides a free Docker platform available for many community infrastructure. Docker EE is an integrated container management and security platform with certification and capabilities like role based access control, LDAP/AD integration, deployment policies and more.

Q: Can Docker EE be run within my enterprise or is it only run externally?

A: Docker EE can be deployed on-premises or in your VPC.

Q: Does EE Basic use use normal swarm since UCP is with the other versions?

A: Both Docker CE and EE have built in orchestration capabilities of swarm mode. Each node is a fully functioning building block to be a manager or worker node in the cluster.  With Docker Enterprise Edition, the integrated management UI builds on top of the built in swarm mode orchestration and integrates with the private registry and Role Based Access Controls to provide a robust platform for end to end container application management.

Q: What is the migration path from Docker Community Edition to Enterprise Edition?

A: The apps built on Docker CE will also run on Docker EE. However there is no in place migration of the cluster itself.  To migrate apps to a Docker EE environment, a new cluster will need to be set up and the same Compose files and images can be deployed as services to the new Docker EE environment.

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Chris Hines

Webinar Q&A: Introducing Docker Enterprise Edition (EE)


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