Cloud container company Docker said today that it's buying Tutum, a two-year-old cloud service focused on deploying and managing Docker containers in any environment, whether the cloud or on-premises. The acquisition is expected to bridge the gap between application development and production deployment.
Tutum is a cloud service conceived as a Docker tool. It provides visibility into containers, discrete programming building blocks that allow for multiple isolated user-space instances, instead of just one. That lets a team make, start, terminate or redeploy the containers whenever it’s necessary, and gives a dashboard view of all of the containers under the team’s management.
Docker said that Tutum's operations interface lets experienced Docker users manage the full spectrum of applications, from single container apps to distributed microservices stacks, anywhere.
Building onto Docker
Docker builds software containers, and until now had mostly left the job of running those containers to programmers, a job that involves writing custom scripts to manage the containers. With Tutum's tech, it will be able to deliver a more complete package of services, the company said.
As teams better understand the Docker platform, the company said more of them are extending their uses of it to span the entire lifecycles of their apps, from development and testing to staging and production, said Scott Johnston, Docker's senior vice president of product.
Tutum was founded in the spring of 2013 and discovered Docker just months later. Tutum's founders Borja Burgos and Fernando Mayo, said they saw the potential in Docker almost immediately and began building a complementary solution.
Tutum, with is Latin for safe or secure, was conceived as part of Burgos’ graduate studies and master’s thesis at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and tha University of Hyogo in Japan. At that time, Tutum was a security decision support system aimed at helping enterprises securely transition to the cloud.
Free for Now
During its yearlong beta trial, Tutum has been adopted by developers and operations teams worldwide. Tutum has been popular among Docker users, boasting 24,000 users. However, the 11-person staff couldn’t always convince larger enterprise customers that it had the ability to deliver what they wanted. Tutum is anticipating that being part of Docker will bring those larger companies into the loop.
The use of Tutum is free at the moment because the service is still in the pilot stage. Burgos said that hasn't stopped a number of companies from using it in production and letting Tutum know that they wouldn’t mind paying for the service to ensure a revenue stream that would keep the company afloat.
As part of the deal, Tutum staff, which has been located in New York and Madrid, will move to San Francisco and become part of the Docker team as soon as the deal closes. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tutum has raised $2.72 million in funding since it was founded, including a $2.65 million seed round in last August. Docker has raised $162 million in funding since its inception.