Docker Acquires SocketPlane to Create enhanced Networking APIs

By CIOReview | Friday, March 6, 2015
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Docker has announced that it has acquired SocketPlane –a software-defined networking (SDN) start up –to create enhanced open APIs for networking.

Docker is the corporate sponsor of the open source project that automates the deployment of applications inside software containers, by providing an additional layer of abstraction and automation of operating-system-level virtualization on Linux. The key benefit of this open platform for application distribution is that it provides lightweight containers that run processes in isolation by implementing high level APIs.

The SDN start up was started to deliver Docker-native networking; in the new team its responsibilities will involve collaborating with the partner community to complete a set of networking APIs that  will address the needs of application developers , as well as network and system administrators.

 Docker combines its infrastructure independence with bringing networking directly to the application which allows competing vendors to work from one standard. All its containers can interact in concert as a distributed application securely over an IP infrastructure free without the need for proprietary application communication buses.

Developers, on the other hand receive application portability, and admins have the option of selecting application specific networking batteries. Socketplane integrates Open vSwitch and Docker to provide SDN for container-based clouds. Also, it provides troubleshooting tools, visibility and analytics as well as   automation framework for DevOps.

“To sustain the velocity of community advancements in open, modular and secure Docker networking, we felt we needed to support those efforts with a dedicated team. Given the SocketPlane team’s collective experience with virtually every open source SDN effort, we felt they were the right people to carry forward our ‘batteries included, but swappable’ approach to drive a thriving networking ecosystem,” says Solomon Hykes, Chief Architect, Docker Project, and Founder and CTO, Docker