Fog City welcomes IBM to DockerCon 2018

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Fog City welcomes IBM to DockerCon 2018

I found my way to DockerCon San Francisco after busy weeks traveling: from a customer lunch-n-learn in Dallas, to the IBM Technical Leadership Exchange in Palisades, to KubeCon in Copenhagen. Everywhere, developers are excited to see Kubernetes running containerized workloads. 


IBM has been active with Docker since 2014, and we’re honored to be a Platinum sponsor alongside our new partner Sysdig (more on that in a moment). Bringing together the flexibility of containers and the power of Kubernetes orchestration, our IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service delivers enterprise-grade apps for the cloud with:

  • Simplified cluster management

  • Container security & isolation

  • Cloud, data & Watson services

  • Integrated operational tools

  • Automated toolchains

  • Native open-source experience

Among the 5,000 attendees, we had a team of container and Kubernetes experts at DockerCon, from folks who help developers 1×1 to engineers involved with leading various IBM Cloud projects. We had conversations with developers about:

  • Their current use of containers on various clouds

  • Process

  • Value–add of the foundation

  • Current landscape and upcoming projects i.e. Istio

  • Guidance on identifying getting started projects

  • Hybrid cloud scenarios

  • Use of IBM Cloud services such as Watson

At the IBM booth, Arpad Kun (ever sporting his headphones) was all smiles, maybe because we had that massive shipping container atop our display: 

IBM Cloud

Hot news from the conference

DockerCon this year was full of exciting news. Did you hear?

  • Multizone clusters: Deploy one containerized app across multiple global IBM Cloud regions, with the assurance that each has the same experience – no matter which data center it’s running in

  • Sysdig and LogDNA partnerships with IBM: Developers get new levels of intelligence into what’s happening in their containers, so they’re freed up to code. 

  • Docker had a couple interesting announcements: federated app management (not exactly a Kubernetes replacement) and support for Windows Server containers. 

  • Kubernetes and security topics were everywhere: sessions, hallway talks, and even in the news

  • Istio is extremely hot, creating long lines of attendees wanting to learn more and get hands-on experience

IBM and Docker: Expertise for the enterprise

IBM was proud to show off our maturity with Docker and containers. Our developers, architects and execs  shared their personal experiences with building and operating cloud services. Here’s just a sampling of our sessions: 

Jason McGee talks AI:

Jason McGee talks AI

Lin Sun leads a packed Istio workshop:

Lin Sun leads a packed Istio workshop

In addition to all the brain power at those sessions, our booth was abuzz with how to use Kubernetes for large workloads. Attendees were chatting about scaling, security, and specifically AI and ML needs. With IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service on bare metal, AI and other compute-intensive workloads are easy to spin up. You can get started now:

Party on the pier

No conference in The City By The Bay would be complete without a boat. IBM hosted the Belle’s Boardwalk Arcade at San Francisco’s Pier 3, home to some of the city’s most iconic vessels. Our guests had fun with vintage arcade games, karaoke, and an open-air concert. Thanks to our event lead, Raleigh Melancon, for coordinating the fun and demonstrating some artistic abilities!


If you like to explore some other news from DockerCon, check out these blogs and tweets: 

Engage with us

If you have any questions about DockerCon or would just like to chat about Kubernetes, feel free to reach out to our developers on Slack. You can register here ( and join the discussion in the #questions channel on

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