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Docker Enterprise 3.1 Adds Kubernetes On Windows Servers


Mirantis has announced the general availability of Docker Enterprise 3.1, the first major release since the company acquired the Docker Enterprise business in November 2019.

Docker Enterprise 3.1 adds greater stability and additional features, with an updated version of Kubernetes that can now include nodes running Windows Server and Nvidia GPU integration for AI and machine learning apps. It allows users to easily enable Istio Ingress for a Kubernetes cluster with the click of a button.

Now, administrators of a Docker Enterprise cluster can easily join Windows Server 2019 nodes to a Docker Enterprise cluster and enable end users that are within an organization to use Kubernetes to orchestrate Windows containers.

“Seven hundred and fifty customers adopted Docker Enterprise as the fastest way to build and run modern apps at enterprise scale. Docker Enterprise 3.1 doubles down on that promise with the best Kubernetes features for Windows users and SLAs for mission critical applications,” said Adrian Ionel, co-founder and CEO of Mirantis.

At the same time, Mirantis has announced new support options for all Docker Enterprise customers: LabCare, ProdCare, and OpsCare. Previously, the highest level of support available was 24×7 for tier 1 cases; with Mirantis ProdCare, customers have 24×7 support for all cases.

Highlights: Docker Enterprise 3.1

  • Kubernetes 1.17: The upstream Kubernetes included in Docker Enterprise has been incremented to the 1.17 release, bringing greater stability and various features introduced after release 1.14, such as Windows support and scheduler improvements.
  • Kubernetes on Windows: Kubernetes clusters managed by the Universal Control Plane (UCP) in Docker Enterprise can now include nodes running Windows Server. Additionally, pods can interoperate when running on nodes in a mixed cluster consisting of Windows Server and Linux nodes.
  • GPU Orchestration: Nvidia GPU integration is now included in Docker Enterprise, with a pre-installed device plugin. Users can view GPU nodes inside Docker UCP, request GPUs through standard YAML pod specifications, and create policies for GPUs around access control and shared resources.
  • Istio Ingress for Kubernetes: Developers can enable Istio Ingress for a Kubernetes cluster with the click of a button. Istio will be automatically added to the cluster with intelligent defaults to get started quickly.
  • New Command Line Interface (CLI) Tool for Deployment & Upgrades: A new CLI tool deploys a cluster in minutes with ready-to-use Docker Engine – Enterprise, Kubernetes and/or Swarm, and Universal Control Plane.
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