About Docker EE

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Docker Enterprise Edition (Docker EE) is designed for enterprise development and IT teams who build, ship, and run business-critical applications in production and at scale. Docker EE is integrated, certified, and supported to provide enterprises with the most secure container platform in the industry. For more info about Docker EE, including purchasing options, see Docker Enterprise Edition.

The free Docker products continue to be available as the Docker Community Edition (Docker CE).

Supported platforms

The following table shows all of the platforms that are available for Docker EE. Each link in the first column takes you to the installation instructions for the corresponding platform. Docker EE is an integrated, supported, and certified container platform for the listed cloud providers and operating systems.

Platform Docker CE x86_64 Docker CE ARM Docker CE IBM Z (s390x) Docker EE x86_64 Docker EE IBM Z (s390x)
CentOS yes     yes  
Debian yes yes      
Fedora yes        
Microsoft Windows Server 2016       yes  
Oracle Linux       yes  
Red Hat Enterprise Linux       yes yes
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server       yes yes
Ubuntu yes yes yes yes yes

Note: Support for IBM Z on Docker EE is limited to Docker EE Basic, or to worker nodes in Docker EE Standard and Docker EE Advanced. IBM Z nodes cannot function as UCP managers on Docker EE.

Docker EE feature tiers

Docker EE is available in three tiers:

  • Basic: The Docker platform for certified infrastructure, with support from Docker Inc. and certified containers and plugins from Docker Store.
  • Standard: Adds advanced image and container management, LDAP/AD user integration, and role-based access control. Together, these features comprise Docker Enterprise Edition.
  • Advanced: Adds Docker Security Scanning and continuous vulnerability monitoring.

Docker Enterprise Edition release cycles

Docker EE is released quarterly. Releases use a time-based versioning scheme, so for example, Docker EE version 17.03 was released in March 2017. For schedule details, see Time-based release schedule.

Each Docker EE release is supported and maintained for one year and receives security and critical bug fixes during this period.

The Docker API version is independent of the Docker platform version. The API version doesn’t change from Docker 1.13.1 to Docker 17.03. 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

If you’re a Docker DDC or CS Engine customer, you don’t need to upgrade to Docker EE to continue to get support. We will continue to support customers with valid subscriptions whether the subscription covers Docker EE or Commercially Supported Docker. You can choose to stay with your current deployed version, or you can upgrade to the latest Docker EE version. For more info, see Scope of Coverage and Maintenance Lifecycle.

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