Docker wants to help businesses move legacy apps to containers

Dive Brief:

  • Docker revealed a new service that allows customers to move legacy apps into Docker containers, during the DockerCon conference Wednesday in Austin.

  • Docker says it can migrate a legacy application to a container in five days with the new program. Called the Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) Program, the goal is to "improve security and get cloud ready at lower costs without refactoring the app." Customers pay a flat fee for the program, reports

  • Docker enlisted partners from Avenade, Cisco, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to help companies move appropriate legacy apps into a containerized environment.

Dive Insight:

It’s all about giving companies an easier way to move legacy applications to containers so they can use them on a more modern infrastructure, the company said.

While containers are traditionally seen as a tool primarily for new applications, legacy applications often cost companies a lot of money and modernizing those legacy apps can be a good strategy for reducing costs.

Container technology is touted as a way for enterprises to boost portability, agility and rapid delivery of applications. Yet despite recent 451 Research Market Monitor report projections that application container software market will be worth $1.1 billion in 2017, container growth has been slower than some expected. A new, easy service like MTA could help change that, especially since many organizations are still struggling with legacy tech. 

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