An unforgettable trip to the sunshine state – DockerCon 2018

An unforgettable trip to the sunshine state – DockerCon 2018

Earlier this month, ECS Digital attended DockerCon 2018 in the sunshine state. Docker returned home to hold the largest container convention of the year, playing host to a wide range of partners and guests – ranging from Private Cloud providers to AI based testing start-ups. The colourful mix of both vendor and attendees made for an interesting and informative week in San Francisco.

ECS Digital enjoy a health partnership with Docker, providing highly skilled and experienced Professional Services engineers. When we are not directly sponsoring DockerCon, we therefore like to take the opportunity to attend and support the Docker ecosystem and meet the rich tapestry of companies and individuals it is comprised of.

During this year’s DockerCon, we met with a whole host of ecosystem vendors and attended a number of brilliant keynotes and practitioner talks on the different Hallway Tracks. Below is the top news from the event and our ‘top tools’ discoveries. We’ve also added a summary of the announcements made this year and the technologies to watch over the next year. 

Top News

Docker Desktop: 

A new application designed to streamline the creation of container-based apps with a shiny new GUI and templates for common patterns. 


Big news from last year’s DockerCon EU was the introduction of Kubernetes into the docker EE platform! Now, Docker has announced the ability to run Kubernetes on windows host, allowing for great adoption of Docker EE and containers on a multitude of operating systems and container orchestrators. 

Docker EE Updates: 

Federated Docker EE clusters (a tech demo took place at DockerCon). This is a really exciting and potentially revolutionary integration. Docker EE are introducing the ability to operate any type of managed container platform. This means Docker EE users will be able to onboard Kubernetes PaaS offerings such as EKS, AKS, GKE, and even on perm Kubernetes. This provides a true multi-cloud management interface from a single pane of glass, adding so much more choice to the user. 

Dockers Growth: 

Docker announced some really impressive numbers this year, highlighting that the business is continuing to go from strength to strength: 

“More than a billion images pulled from Docker Hub every 2 weeks, 50 billion images pulled to date” 


Top Tools


Datadog – Datadog is a monitoring service for Cloud-scale applications, bringing together data from servers, databases, tools, and services to present a unified view of an entire stack. 

Instana – an APM solution for containerised microservice applications, Instana uses automation and artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver the visibility needed to effectively manage the performance of today’s dynamic applications across the DevOps lifecycle. Founded by application monitoring veterans, Instana provides true AI-powered APM to help organisations deliver high performance applications today and in the future.  

Testing & Security: 

ForAllSecure’s ‘Mayhem’ – a start-up leveraging advanced fuzzing and symbolic execution to test software for potential security vulnerabilities. 

Kong – a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong runs in front of any RESTful API and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform. 

Cool Hack Sessions

One of the most anticipated sessions at DockerCon is Cool Hacks, a showcase of the members in the Docker community pushing the envelope on what can be achieved with Docker. In short, it’s a demo heavy session, showing trends of what innovators are building on top of the Docker platform.  

One of the most impressive Cool Hack showcased this year was Gloo –  demoed by Ldit Levine (@Idit_Levine). Gloo opens the world of serverless framework, allowing users to manage request paths for a microservice application interfacing with cloud-based services like AWS Lambda, or any other self-hosted container based serverless frameworks such as OpenFaas.  

The important feature of Gloo is it can be placed in front of a monolithic application and redirect individual calls to a separate endpoint. This allows users to slice up and replace a monolith piece by piece until the entirety is migrated –  all whilst running in Docker EE. 

DockerCon 2018 is over, but the ideas shared, and the relationships made will continue to grow. We had an amazing time and are thankful to Docker for hosting an amazing event, and for bringing together such a rich variety of people and product.

We hope to see everybody again next year when DockerCon returns to San Francisco, but if you can’t wait till then, join ECS Digital in Barcelona this December for DockerCon EU! 


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ECS are attending FOSDEM 2018

ECS are attending FOSDEM 2018

This year ECSD are proud to be attending FOSDEM.

FOSDEM (or Free Open Source European Developer’s Meeting) is a massive free-to-attend Free Open Source event held annually at the ULB Solbosch Campus in Brussels, Belgium.

For those of you not familiar with the Open Source software concept, the fundamental principle is the practice of openly developing software in such a way that the source code is publicly available and maintained by a moderated community of developers.

Open Source software projects form the backbone of many supporting technologies of the DevOps toolchain. Interacting with Open Source projects will give a better insight into both the tools themselves and the way in which they function and behave in the background. You may already recognise some of the tools appearing including Docker, Kubernetes and AWS.

An all star line-up

The event’s sponsors include some big names including Google, RedHat, AWS, CISCO as well as many others. This year’s itinerary promises to be as fulfilling as previous conferences; with 653 speakers, 685 events and 57 tracks. Something that is guaranteed to appeal.

Particularly exciting tracks for DevOps-inclined individuals include

‘Identity and Access management’, Containers, ‘Monitoring and Cloud’ and ‘Testing and Automation’.

Alongside thousands of other Developers, we will be taking advantage of the DevRooms (and beer rooms), seeking to understand the focus and drive of the developers behind some of the tools which we use and gain insight into potential emerging industry trends.

The shift to DevOps practices

One thing we’ve witnessed over the years at FOSDEM is the shift into DevOps practices from the practices of old. There are a variety of stands and workshops enabling you to have one-to-one conversations with the developers themselves in order to gain further insight into the background behind the decisions that have led to the tool’s functionality and intended usage.

After this year’s FOSDEM conference has come to a close, we will be reporting back with our thoughts and insights into what we have seen and learnt over this weekend.

Stay tuned!

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3 highlights from DockerCon 2017

3 highlights from DockerCon 2017

ECS Digital exhibited and sponsored at this year’s main Docker event Dockercon 2017. You may have found our stand within the main exhibition hall right next to the Docker stand. The whole event was very well catered – especially the afterparty that had an arcade games theme!

DockerCon highlights:

This year, Docker announced several key messages related to its platform:

  1. Docker will be delivering the native integration of Kubernetes directly into the Docker ecosystem.

    Kubernetes will be the second option along with the already supported, Docker Swarm. This aims to simplify the life of a lot of users who were struggling with the choice between the two frameworks.

  2. MTA – Modernise Traditional Applications with Docker EE.

    Docker has released an improved version of the framework for the transformation of traditional applications into microservices. Tools in this framework are able to perform an heuristic analysis of a target system and replicate those into containers. However, this is a valid approach only for certain types of applications with some final touches still being required.

  3. Docker has announced a deeper partnership with IBM as a partner for MTA.

The ECS Digital stand

ECS Digital was represented by 6 of our own people at this event including our Managing Director, Andy Cureton, as well as our Head of Channels, Phil Drouet.

We were busy with visitors asking us many questions regarding what we do, where we’re based and what our history is. We presented ourselves as DevOps specialist with Docker being one of our major areas of expertise.

On screen, you could see our E2E solution within the DevOps pipeline area as well as our own internally developed model to apply MTA for macro applications.

Other interesting stands in Expo

There was plenty of interesting stuff going on throughout DockerCon. We had a good time catching up with our colleagues, trying to exchange ideas and getting to know their products and services better.

  • One of the most popular was VR box in IBM section where you could try this bleeding edge technology.
  • Probably the most visited was however main Docker stand. Busy all the time, where dozen of Docker experts discussing topics and cool ideas.
  • Nginx has published beta of their lightweight application server Unit
  • The solution for stateful containers from Portworx

Thank you to all those who came to our booth to say hi – it was great to speak to such a large variety of people. We are looking forward to the next event! 

Do get in touch if you’re interested in discussing how we can help you with Docker or if you have any questions for us. We’d love the chance to discuss how we can help you in your adoption of DevOps.


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