Baidu using Docker for its PaaS

Today we are very glad to announce that Baidu, the leading Chinese search engine, is using Docker for Baidu App Engine (BAE), its PaaS offering. As they were looking for alternatives and improvements for their “sandbox” approach, the Baidu team met and discussed with Jérôme Petazzoni in China during the 5th China Cloud Computing Conference. They decided that Docker might fit their requirements, and after several weeks of tests and studies, they took the decision to use Docker for the new version of BAE. They quoted multiple reasons for this choice: Docker (and containers in general) are a generic approach, making it much easier to support new programming languages, frameworks, and databases, compared to traditional sandboxes. As a consequence, the cost of platform development and maintenance is significantly lower. Containers are lightweight and don’t incur performance overheads, which means that platform operating Continue reading…