Prior to 2014, Docker was not well-known, but that all changed over the course of the year. The open-source Docker container virtualization project got its start in March 2013, and in 2014 hit its full stride, achieving its 1.0 release milestone and the embrace of many of the world’s leading IT vendors. To understand why Docker has become popular in 2014, it’s important to take a step back to see what Docker enables and what the disruption it brings to the market means.
While there were early adopters of Docker in deployment, the big milestone event for Docker occurred on June 9, when Docker 1.0 was formally released. With a 1.0 release comes the promise of stability and the ability for enterprises to reliably deploy the technology. With the Docker 1.0 release, Docker Inc., the lead commercial sponsor behind the Dock open-source effort, also launched its commercial support efforts and the Docker Hub.