Accenture and Docker Team on Container Services

Accenture and Docker Team on Container Services

By Jack M. Germain

Mar 15, 2017 11:51 AM PT

Accenture and Docker on Wednesday announced an expanded global alliance and the availability of container services within the Accenture Cloud Factory.

The new services provide a faster industrialized on-ramp solution for enterprises moving to the cloud. They focus on container enablement of applications and feature use of Docker Datacenter (Enterpris e Edition – Standard).

Docker Datacenter is an integrated container management platform for development and IT operations that brings security, policy and controls to the software delivery lifecycle. It is supported by a global network of certified Accenture DevOps and cloud migration consultants.

Accenture and Docker have agreed to collaborate on developing migration accelerators and best practices for enterprise clients adopting containers. Their goal is to reduce risk and costs while migrating business-critical applications to the cloud.

Accenture has expanded its relationship with Docker to enhance its existing multicloud Container as a Service solutions. The company will leverage Docker Datacenter to provide enterprises with the capabilities needed to secure the software supply chain, expand workload portability, and improve application resilience.

Docker stands to gain significantly from the alliance, given the size of Accenture’s client base for its Cloud Factory and Cloud First solutions. Accenture has more than 20,000 projects, with three-quarters from Fortune 500 firms, according to Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“The deal is likely to provide a significant boost for Docker’s business. Accenture has long been a major force in IT consulting, so it is easy to see how supporting Docker’s container and container management solutions will help extend the opportunities for those technologies among Accenture’s client base,” he told LinuxInsider.

Caveats about the deal are similar to any proprietary technology. Engaging often is easier than disengaging, King noted.

“Interested companies should make certain they understand, want and need what Accenture and Docker are offering before they sign on the dotted line,” he said.

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