Docker and Canonical on Wednesday announced a commercial agreement to integrate support for Docker Engine.
The partnership gives Canonical customers a single path for support of the Ubuntu operating system and Commercially Supported (CS) Docker Engine in enterprise Docker operations. It provides a streamlined operations and support experience for joint customers by splitting the service obligations in four ways.
First, Docker will publish and update stable snap installation packages on Ubuntu, which will enable direct access to the Docker build for all Ubuntu users. Second, Canonical will provide Level 1 and Level 2 technical support for CS Docker Engine. Three, Docker will provide Level 3 support. Four, Canonical will ensure global availability of secure Ubuntu images on Docker Hub.
“Through our partnership, we provide users with more choice by bringing the agility, portability and security benefits of the Docker CS engine to the larger Ubuntu community,” said Nick Stinemates, vice president for business development and technical alliances at Docker.
Additionally, Ubuntu customers will gain the advantage of getting official Docker support that is not available from most Linux distributions.
The agreement makes it easier for organizations to create new efficiencies across the entire software supply chain, Stinemates said.
“This is very unique. We are the first and only Linux distribution that is authorized to sell Docker,” noted Dustin Kirkland, Ubuntu product and strategy at Canonical.
“It allows us to give our customers very tight service level agreements around their entire operating system and container technology,” he told LinuxInsider.