Docker has rapidly become “the new thing” for computing in 2014. Why did that happen so quickly, and how has a Linux application container become so popular? Broadly, I think Docker is a great example of how to build a viral, developer-oriented product.
The rapid adoption rate took everyone by surprise, and now it’s too late to build a competitor. So everyone is having to cooperate around a single container solution. This is great for the developers and end users, but means that several platform as a service (PaaS) vendors have lost control of their destiny somewhat as Docker did an end-run around their strategy.
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