* http://digitalocean.com (not docker-specific but they have a great docker image)
* http://rackspace.com (not docker-specific but they have a great docker image)
EDIT: sorted alphabetically to keep everyone happy :)
Early members of that "seed" community included engineers from Twilio, Heroku, Soundcloud, Koding, Google, Meteor, RethinkDB, Mailgun, as well as the current members of the Flynn project.
There are also several startups currently raising money for a business based on docker. This is bigger than any one company!
I got to meet the docker team (a lot of french dudes in the team!). Very passionate, technically super sharp, and really fun ! They were interested in my point of view and opinion. Plus, there lead dev knows how to party from what i have seen during a meetup !
We had very little adult supervision.
Being too early can kill you. If you think your idea is awesome but too early, my advice is to keep trying for as long as it takes. Docker was not my first attempt at solving this particular problem :)   
Things that impressed me:
1. super passionate
2. he was very receptive and quick at squashing bugs I reported (real or not)
3. docker was super portable (the same across all linux distros)
4. they (the docker team) had real solutions for the long application deployment times that were plaguing me
Everyone seemed to know it would succeed, which is rare around here.
Unless you're going to try and trademark them all.
The simplicity of the service is an opportunity to attract people without a lot of webdev chops, so why not make it super simple?
For rake/rails apps at least, you just run `heroku run 'command'` and you're done.
Feel free to innovate - you're a startup, and it's what we love about you.
Other than that, this looks great! I'm excited for you guys.
I hope that saves you some time.
There's a great explanation here: http://blog.docker.io/2013/10/docker-0-6-5-links-container-n...
With the new Links functionality, this is much easier, but are you planning to ever have the ability to use a single Dockerfile to deploy an application which may contain multiple images (with links between them)? I want to be able to do "docker build ." and have my application up and running when it finishes.
Yes, definitely :)
This is my favourite Docker offer so far. I've been looking for something to replace dotCloud's deprecated sandbox tier for just playing around, and it looks like this fits the bill.
I configured and launched a machine with redis and node in less than 5 minutes. Very cool.
How will you isolate instances from each other? My instance appears to have 24 GB of RAM and 12 cores, and it looks like I can use all of it in my instance.
So say I have a fancy Django image, and a fancy Postgres image.
How do I then have the Django one learn of the Postgres one's IP, and then auths (somehow), and then communicates seperately.
Also, the recommended advice for "production" is to mount host directories for the PostgreSQL data directory. Doesn't this rather defeat the point of a container (in that it's self contained), and how does that even work with a DaaS like this? I'm pretty confused. Is there an idiomatic way in which to do this?
Do service registration/discovery things for Docker already exist?
Docker now supports linking containers together:
> Also, the recommended advice for "production" is to mount host directories for the PostgreSQL data directory. Doesn't this rather defeat the point of a container (in that it's self contained)
The recommended advice for production is to create a persistent volume with 'docker run -v', and to re-use volumes across containers with 'docker run -volumes-from'.
Mounting directories from the host is supported, but it is a workaround for people who already have production data outside of docker and want to use it as-is. It is not recommended it you can avoid it.
Either way, you're right, it is an exception to the self-contained property of containers. But it is limited to certain directories, and docker guarantees that outside of those directories the changes are isolated. This is similar to the "deny by default" pattern in security. It's more reliable to maintain a whitelist than a blacklist.
We give you a standard Docker instance in the cloud - all the tools work exactly the same as they do locally. You can even instantly open a remote bash shell, like the now-famous Docker demo!
If you build the container on a service like this testing it is hard or in some cases even impossible. For example acceptance tests with Selenium.
Gemfile.lock and similar version binding tools help, but prebuild containers bring the deployment stability to whole new level and is the reason why I'm exited about Docker and containers in general.
Do they support prebuild containers?
Sounds like a yes.
but a traceroute points to AWS…
What could possibly go wrong?
If you offer infrastructure services and don't tell people where and how you provide it, you can't be serious, too.
It is comforting that Heroku is also using LXC for dynos. Would be interesting to know how much in-house adjustments to the kernel and LXC has been made to ensure the hardening.
Are people running Linux VMs on their Macs to build containers?
I like the idea of this service. But both the client side and the server side have to be easy. Unless I'm missing something it seems like they made the server side really easy, but the client side is still annoying.
In short, yes, just run a VM.
Perhaps, but you just said:
> I have a 32 bit Linux desktop and a Mac and haven't gotten around to installing Docker. At work I have a 64 bit Linux desktop and it seemed to be extremely picky about the kernel version so I gave up.
Precisely. Hence VMs, because Vagrant makes it trivial to spin up an instance configured however you like.
You're basically saying "I have a problem installing Docker, but I don't need a VM because I don't have any problems a VM would solve", but this is nonsense because this is the precise problem development VMs are meant to solve.
I have a beef with build/deploy systems that have bootstrapping problems. For example I'm hearing from people using Chef that they have to freeze the version of Chef, its dependencies, and the Ruby interpreter (or maybe it was Puppet, I don't use either). To me that is just crazy. My code isn't that picky about the versions it needs, and to introduce a deployment tool like that makes things less stable, not more.
Take for example Python -- in my experience it's almost entirely portable because Linux and Mac. And I imagine the same is with node.js, Ruby, PHP, etc. Almost all C libraries you need are portable too. So in my ideal world you would only use a VM when you actually need it for the OS/CPU architecture. I suspect for a lot of people that would be 50-90% the time without a VM, depending on how you like to develop.
I'm working on a chroot-based build system, which in theory will work on Mac and Linux (but not Windows). It does need to solve a versioning problem. Because stuff isn't as portable between Python 2.6 and Python 2.7 on the same OS as it is between Python 2.7 on two different architectures/OSes.
If you have, let's say, a django app, and you want to be able to run it all sorts of places, Docker is very much the wrong tool; it doesn't run at all most places, and it's finicky to get working. You're better off just getting that one app to run when and where you want. And if you run into any issues, virtualenv will solve it, no big deal.
If you have a bunch of apps you want to get running (or perhaps a bunch of interlocking pieces of a single stack, or the different elements of a SOA), then Docker suddenly starts to look very attractive. And then you might go to the trouble to get a single gold server image with docker installed and working (or an Ansible playbook, or a Chef cookbook, or a Digitalocean snapshot, or an EC2 AMI, or whatever), and you know you can just spin up a server and deploy any app you want to it. And once you start thinking about testing, CI, orchestration, automatic scaling, etc., it all becomes that much more attractive; you've got these generic docker servers, on the one hand, and these generic docker containers on the other, and you can mix and match them however you like. When you start having more than 1 server and 1 app, that's amazing. Very much worth the cost of entry of having to install docker everywhere...if you need that kind of thing.
You're focusing on portability between operating systems, but that's not the point of docker; as you say docker isn't portable at all (which should be a strong hint that isn't the problem it solves). But docker containers are portable between servers with docker on it, and with some architectures (or at a certain scale), you will suddenly realise just how useful that is.
If it helps, consider Heroku (and the other PaaS outfits like dotCloud, etc.). A lot of startups outsource big chunks of their infrastructure to Heroku, and Heroku uses a very docker-like architecture. If you were to shift that back in house, in many cases that same architecture makes sense (largely depending on just what you were outsourcing to Heroku...). ...and sometimes it doesn't. But if it does, docker is probably a core part of any attempt at implementing your own in-house PaaS. And if you need that kind of thing, you aren't going to stop because "well, it doesn't run on OSX"; nobody (well, nearly) is using OSX is production. :)
The work flow is:
$ vagrant up
$ vagrant ssh
You can get a new device ready for hacking on a project in minutes. Just git clone, vagrant up, grab a quick coffee.
I would definitely recommend putting VMs in your work flow.
If your host can already run docker containers, you don't need vagrant.
For development, if you're running on OS X or Windows (in which case, my condolences), you basically have to use a VM. If developing on Linux, it's a tossup; the complexity and overhead of Vagrant versus the pain and annoyance of fooling around with kernels and dependencies.
I use a Mac for day-to-day development, so a simple Vagrant VM is a no-brainer. :)
You need a recent version of the linux kernel that supports Linux Containers. It's best if you can run Ubuntu 13 somewhere.
> Are people running Linux VMs on their Macs to build containers?
FreeBSD supports jails which are similar to linux containers in a way, but OSX does not. So unfortunately you're going to have to run a VM, checkout vagrant and docker though. 
I wanted to spin up an instance of Sphinx Search but no idea how to go about doing it.
Maybe creating a set of tutorials will help with this. I can think of two advantages. The first being customers like myself will love it. Second, similar to Linode and their tutorials it will drives a lot of traffic and establishes your reputation as docker experts. Will probably build a lot of back-links too as people link to your tutorials.
UPDATE: I'd also be interested to hear about Digital Ocean-style "shared" (but non-private) networking—basically, any network adaptor with a non-Internet routable IP address. ;)
Docker is a simple description of an internet server including the various services required (mysql, httpd, sshd, etc. - the bundle being call a deck).
It seems then you can create a server elsewhere (eg on your localhost), generate the docker description of that and use that description to fire up a server (either a VM or dedicated) using the service in the OP.
Am I close?
Could I use this to do general web hosting?
Edit: and looking at digitalocean.com it appears I can activate and deactivate the "server" at will, so I can have it online for an hour for testing and pay < 1¢?
I don't 100% know if the containers themselves are hosted by Hetzner or not, but Hetzner is more of a budget provider than something you host production sites on.
I've heard many mixed review about their network and mostly their support which isn't up to scratch. We'll see what happens but from what I see, if someone decides to abuse the service, Hetzner might just take down the whole server without warning just like OVH do.
http://www.hetzner.de/en/hosting/produkte_rootserver/px120ss... (I'm guessing they are using something similar to this).It's a pretty powerful and cheap server but if you search hard enough you can find something equivalent in the States for around the same price.
If you need real HA you should perhaps use more than one provider anyway. Or what are your recommendations?
Since Docker is still in beta, it's not production ready yet anyways. Docker could still go through a lot of changes between now and 1.0.
ETA: Whoops, I got the pricing wrong. It's $5 per instance. I was thinking you would get 1GB of RAM and 20GB of space to run as many containers as you like. That makes it not as cheap as I was originally thinking.
though adding "cards" to a "deck" sounds intuitive.
I'm trying to come up with better terminology. something with ships and containers...
When I created a Deck (default Sinatra Hello World) and converted it to a Drop, it did just that: it removed the Deck and created a Drop.
I guess I thought it would keep the Deck so that I could see the configuration that I had chosen to create it. Is this a Docker thing where, once you've created it, you don't see the config any longer? I don't think it is but I've not honestly played with Docker yet. $5 a month is a low ask for me to try it out.
Also, when it comes time to pay for a Deck/Drop and you don't have credit card info saved, it forwards you to that page... but, after entering the info, you're not put back into the process. You're dumped back into the Deck page. That seemed odd to me... wasn't sure if it had been converted or not.
I wish the word 'manifest' wasn't used in so many contexts because, if you're going to stick with the container shipping analog, it would have made more sense to have Manifests, Containers and Ships. That's just me though... who knows. ;)
All in all, cool service. Look forward to playing around with it this weekend.
EDIT: I see that you can create a copy of the Deck that created a Drop... still seems odd that the default behavior is to blow it away upon creation of a Drop.
Also, forgive my ignorance, but what would it take to be able to "add containers" in the same way that you can add dynos on Heroku?
Best of luck guys!
Does anyone know where DO servers are located?
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