Why companies like Google, Spotify and Red Hat are embracing Docker’s open source containers

Gigaom

It’s no surprise that Docker is in vogue with both developers and systems administrators, two groups not historically accustomed to working well with each other. That’s because the San Francisco-based startup’s take on containers, which are like virtual machines but not equipped with their own operating systems, allows coders to hack away on their newest developments without having to bother the IT folks who need to maintain stability on their servers.

But while containers are not really new technology, Docker’s heavy emphasis on its open source community has helped contribute to the company’s momentum. The company currently touts 2.75 million Docker engine downloads, 14,000 Docker applications in its hub registry and 90 Docker meet-up groups in 33 countries.

Docker’s first conference this week had on display several big-time tech companies — including Google, Spotify and Red Hat, among others — who not only were singing Docker’s praises, but also making…

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