Mirantis nabs Docker Enterprise for an undisclosed sum; Docker names Johnston as new CEO

Mirantis announced on Wednesday that it had acquired Docker's Enterprise business and team for an undisclosed sum.

Docker also announced it has received a $35 million investment from existing investors Benchmark Capital and Insight Partners, and that it has named former chief product officer Scott Johnston as its CEO. Johnson steps into the CEO role by replacing Rob Bearden, who in turn replaced Steve Singh after he stepped aside in May.

Docker was formerly a high-flyer in the container world, but saw its fortunes tumble after Google put Kubernetes into open source. Kubernetes has become the de facto standard technology for container.

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In the deal, which closed Tueday night, Mirantis is picking up Docker Enterprise Technology Platform and all of the associated intellectual property, which includes Docker Enterprise Engine, Docker Trusted Registry, Docker Unified Control Plane and Docker CLI. Mirantis also picked up all of the Docker Enterprise customers and contract and its strategic technology alliances and partner programs.

Mirantis and the Docker Enterprise team will continue to develop and support the Docker Enterprise platform and add new capabilities for enterprise customers. Going forward, Docker Enterprise and Mirantis will continue to support open source projects.

“The Mirantis Kubernetes technology joined with the Docker Enterprise Container Platform brings simplicity and choice to enterprises moving to the cloud. Delivered as a service, it’s the easiest and fastest path to the cloud for new and existing applications,” said Adrian Ionel, CEO and co-founder at Mirantis, in a statement. “The Docker Enterprise employees are among the most talented cloud native experts in the world and can be immensely proud of what they achieved. We’re very grateful for the opportunity to create an exciting future together and welcome the Docker Enterprise team, customers, partners, and community.”