Uncertainty around Docker Inc.’s business strategy amid executive shuffles prompted renewed inquiries about its long-term future, and industry watchers say an acquisition is the best-case scenario for the container software company at this point.
Docker initially rose to prominence about five years ago, based on its format for LXC Linux container images. As that layer of the infrastructure became commoditized in favor of container orchestration systems, Docker has focused on enterprise packaging for the Kubernetes container orchestrator. However, so far it has struggled to differentiate in a crowded market for Kubernetes management.
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