Docker Project Re-Organizes to Prepare for Accelerated Growth

The Docker open source project, which develops the Docker open platform for distributed applications, today announced changes to the project’s operational structure to enable it to scale to address its unprecedented growth. During the course of 2014, the number of project contributors quadrupled and the project organization is being restructured to ensure readiness for high growth.

Docker, Inc. is the company behind the Docker open source platform, and is the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship, run and orchestrate distributed applications. With Docker, IT organizations shrink application delivery from months to minutes, frictionlessly move workloads between data centers and the cloud, and improve infrastructure efficiency by 50 percent or more. Inspired by an active community and by transparent, open source innovation, Docker has been downloaded 100+ million times and is used by thousands of the world’s most innovative organizations, including eBay, Baidu, Yelp, Spotify, Yandex, and Cambridge HealthCare. Docker’s rapid adoption has catalyzed an active ecosystem, resulting in more than 85,000 Dockerized applications and integration partnerships with AWS, Cloud Foundry, Google, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack, Rackspace, Red Hat and VMware.

Docker, Inc. is venture backed by AME Cloud Ventures (Yahoo! Founder Jerry Yang), Benchmark (Peter Fenton), Greylock Partners (Jerry Chen),Insight Venture Partners (Jerry Murdock), Sequoia Capital (Bill Coughran), SV Angel (Ron Conway), Trinity Ventures (Dan Scholnick), Y Combinator.

The new operational structure for the Docker project was established to allow the project to scale 10X and beyond, with the objectives being to:

  • Make the project more open and accessible;
  • Make the project more scalable;
  • Do this in an incremental way, without unnecessary refactoring.

“The Docker project is thriving through a level of unparalleled growth and expectations and to continue to reach new heights we needed to evolve our structure. A structure that creates the opportunity for additional world-class talent to join the team to help us as we support and grow our community,” said Solomon Hykes, founder of Docker.

Chief Architect

Solomon, as the founder of Docker, was previously responsible for overseeing architecture, operations and technical maintenance of the project. In the new structure, Solomon steps into the specific role of chief architect for the project, while continuing in his capacity as CTO of Docker, Inc.

Chief Maintainer

For the role of chief maintainer, the Docker project has appointed Michael Crosby, who has been serving as a maintainer. The chief maintainer is responsible for all aspects of quality for the project including code reviews, usability, stability, security, performance, and more.

Chief Operator

To fill the role of chief operator, Docker has recruited Steve Francia, who served in a similar capacity as chief developer advocate at MongoDB for the past three years. Under his guidance, that open source project experienced unchartered growth in the database sector with resounding community and technology success. In addition to creating the strongest community in the NoSQL database world with thousands of projects based on MongoDB, Steve is also very active in the open source community.

“Steve’s incredible track record with developer communities is built on his unique ability to communicate to, coalesce and motivate strong teams, while working tirelessly to improve the contributor experience each and every day,” said Solomon. “We are thrilled to have him on board guiding the Docker project as we continue to grow at an accelerated pace.”

“I am excited to be working and collaborating with the great Docker community,” said Steve. “I feel very fortunate to work with two transformative projects in Docker and MongoDB which have dramatically improved the developer experience. I look forward to learning from this great community and improving how developers and users interact with the project.”

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