Docker wants to advance container management and security with the release of Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 2.0. Docker EE is an enterprise-ready container platform designed to manage and secure apps on Kubernetes. It provides multi-Linux, multi-OS and multi-cloud support.

“As a complete platform that integrates and scales with your organization, Docker EE 2.0 gives you the most flexibility and choice over the types of applications supported, orchestrators used, and where it’s deployed. It also enables organizations to operationalize Kubernetes more rapidly with streamlined workflows and helps you deliver safer applications through integrated security solutions, Vivek Saraswat, product manager at Docker, wrote in a blog post.

Docker EE’s unified operational model aims to make Kubernetes more accessible and usable for users looking to add its capabilities into their app delivery environment without having to invest in a team of experts. The platform offers GUI-based operational workflows for role-based access control (RBAC) as well as cluster and registry management. By providing secure application zones, it is able to provide logical and physical  separation of applications within the same cluster to maximize operational efficiency and infrastructure utilization.

Docker also says the latest release provides organizations with the freedom to create applications without the fear of technology or infrastructure lock-in. Docker EE 2.0 includes availability across certified infrastructure platforms, multi-cloud support, orchestration choice, secure networking through Project Calico, and volume plugins for storage.

“Enterprises are investing heavily in containers to enable their strategic IT initiatives, but to further drive success, they need a container platform that addresses the scale and operational requirements of a global business,” said Scott Johnston, chief product officer at Docker. “In working closely with our customers, we developed Docker EE 2.0 to meet these enterprise needs and bring the unique security, portability and agility benefits of the Docker platform to Kubernetes. From ensuring end-to-end security across a globally-distributed IT organization to enabling existing teams to operationalize Kubernetes, Docker EE 2.0 provides the foundation for enterprises to innovate at their own pace.”

Other features include enhanced Layer 7 routing for Swarm, Kubernetes conformance, a secure supply chain for Swarm and Kubernetes, a centralized image repository, remote offline access, and multi-site availability.