We're wrapping up a great week here at UShareSoft. On Tuesday we announced that the company has been acquired by the Fujitsu Group, who will be integrating our UForge platform into their Cloud Service K5, part of the Digital Business MetaArc platform. Additionally, UShareSoft will be leading Fujitsu's new European cloud services R&D center to help drive the company's global cloud business.
Read the full press release here.
On the same day, UShareSoft's hammr project, also won the 2015 OW2 Innovation Award at this years Annual Conference. hammr is an open source command line tool, based on Python, for creating repeatable machine images for hybrid cloud from a single configuration file.
We're very proud of the team that develop hammr, which has already been integrated into AppHub, the European open source marketplace, and will enable OW2 projects to easily include their software in the OW2 Market Place, by providing ready-to-use templates that include operating system packages, configuration logic, other required software and of course, the OW2 project itself.
You can find out more about hammr and the team, and download it from www.hammr.io. Use it, contribute and let us know what you think.
Christmas comes early this year with the arrival of the latest version of UForge AppCenter, bringing you a bumper pack of new features and functionality. We've put a stake in the ground for supporting Docker, as you'll have seen from our previous blog posts. This release also includes a brand new plugin service for our enterprise partners that fundamentally changes how UForge AppCenter can be integrated with 3rd party services; and we've given our user interface a facelift.
This is the second in our series of Docker blog posts. The first post, by James our CTO, focused on why UShareSoft for Docker software governance and transparency. In this post, we'll tell you exactly how to build a Docker base image using our tools.
By a base image, we mean a machine image containing just the necessary bits required to launch your container image. You can do this in two ways: using our UForgeNow SaaS platform, or using hammr, an open source tool for creating machine images for different environments from a single configuration file.
Docker is indisputably one of fastest-growing technologies around today. In fact, Docker, Inc. reports more than 300 million instances of its open source container software have been downloaded from Docker Hub in just a couple of years.
Containers, of course, have been around for years. But Docker has quickly become de facto standard, largely due to one thing: simplicity. Containers no longer require the same levels of in-depth technical expertise and lengthy manual assembly as they once did. What's more, Docker offers flexibility and provides a lightweight approach that is ideal for cloud.
Today, we're announcing new releases of our cloud application delivery products, UForge AppCenter 3.6 and UForge Marketplace 3.1. Letting you easily build, migrate, ship and govern applications for containers and cloud, UForge remains the best enterprise platform for automating end-to-end application governance and delivery for hybrid IT environments. We also have new initiatives in place including the AppHub European open source marketplace, new global distribution partners such as Crayon, and new customers including the Talend Exchange Marketplace.