Docker: IaaS or PaaS? Reflections on DockerCon EU (451 Research)

Relative size of PaaS vs. IaaS and Hadoop

As mentioned in my newsletter recently, I typed up a think piece on Docker (the company and the emerging ecosystem after it’s EU conference earlier this month. 451 clients can read it behind the paywall, but here’s the 451 Take:

The ecosystem around the Docker container technology is in the process of figuring out Docker’s identity while at the same time contending with a sudden rise in popularity. Although early attention on Docker paired it up against the likes of VMware at, let’s say, the IaaS level, as we investigate further, Docker looks like more of a PaaS innovator. VMware would certainly like that option, and Docker Inc spent much of its recent conference in Amsterdam talking more about Docker-as-PaaS – through the lens of ‘microservices’ – than Docker-as-IaaS. From this vantage point, it looks more like dotCloud never really stopped being a PaaS vendor and, instead, under its new name of Docker is just evolving the nature of PaaS.

You can read a few more pre-copydesk excerpts in that newsletter edition as well. Apply for a trial if you’re not a client (you should be!).

Docker: IaaS or PaaS? Reflections on DockerCon EU (451 Research)