About Docker Enterprise

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Docker Enterprise is designed for enterprise development as well as IT teams who build, share, and run business-critical applications at scale in production. Docker Enterprise is an integrated container platform that includes Docker Desktop Enterprise, a secure image registry, advanced management control plane, and Docker Engine - Enterprise. Docker Engine - Enterprise is a certified and supported container runtime that is also available as a standalone solution to provide enterprises with the most secure container engine in the industry. For more information about Docker Enterprise and Docker Engine - Enterprise, including purchasing options, see Docker Enterprise.

Compatibility Matrix

Refer to the Compatibility Matrix for the latest list of supported platforms.

Docker Enterprise products

Capabilities Docker Engine - Enterprise Docker Enterprise
Container engine and built in orchestration, networking, security yes yes
Certified infrastructure, plugins and ISV containers yes yes
Image management with Docker Trusted Registry security scanning   yes
Container app management with Universal Control Plane   yes
Developer solutions with Docker Desktop Enterprise   yes

Note

Starting with Docker Enterprise 2.1, Docker Enterprise - Basic is now Docker Engine - Enterprise, and both Docker Enterprise - Standard and Docker Enterprise - Advanced are now called Docker Enterprise.

Docker Enterprise

With Docker Enterprise, you can manage container workloads on Windows, Linux, on site, or on the cloud in a flexible way.

Docker Enterprise has private image management, integrated image signing policies, and cluster management with support for Kubernetes and Swarm orchestrators. It allows you to implement node-based RBAC policies, image promotion policies, image mirroring, and scan your images for vulnerabilities. It also has support with defined SLAs and extended maintenance cycles for patches for up to 24 months.

New licensing for Docker Enterprise

Starting in version 18.09, Docker Enterprise is aware of the license applied on the system. The license summary is available in the docker info output on standalone or manager nodes.

For Docker Enterprise customers, when you license Universal Control Plane (UCP), this same license is applied to the underlying engines in the cluster. Docker recommends that Enterprise customers use UCP to manage their license.

Standalone Docker Engine - Enterprise users can license engines using docker engine activate.

Offline activation of standalone enterprise engines can be performed by downloading the license and using the command docker engine activate --license filename.lic.

Additionally, Docker is now distributing the CLI as a separate installation package. This gives Docker Enterprise users the ability to install as many CLI packages as needed without using the Engine node licenses for client-only systems.

Learn more about Docker Enterprise.

When using Docker Enterprise Microsoft Windows Server is not supported as a manager. Microsoft Windows Server 1803 is not supported as a worker.

Docker Certified Infrastructure

Docker Certified Infrastructure is Docker’s prescriptive approach to deploying Docker Enterprise on a variety of infrastructures. Each Docker Certified Infrastructure option includes a reference architecture, a CLI plugin for automated deployment and configuration, and third-party ecosystem solution briefs.

Platform Docker Enterprise support
Amazon Web Services yes
VMware coming soon
Microsoft Azure coming soon

Docker Enterprise release cycles

Each Docker Enterprise release is supported and maintained for 24 months, and receives security and critical bug fixes during this period.

The Docker API version is independent of the Docker version. We maintain careful API backward compatibility and deprecate APIs and features slowly and conservatively. We remove features after deprecating them for a period of three stable releases. Docker 1.13 introduced improved interoperability between clients and servers using different API versions, including dynamic feature negotiation.

Upgrades and support

Docker supports Docker Enterprise minor releases for 24 months. Upgrades to the latest minor release of Docker Enterprise are not required, however we recommend staying on the latest maintenance release of the supported minor release you are on. Please see Maintenance Lifecycle for more details on EOL of minor and major versions of Docker Enterprise.

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