Open-source Docker management platform debuts

Government IT managers interested in experimenting with Docker, but wary of its complexity, have a new resource with Panamax, a Docker management platform.

Created by CenturyLink Labs, Panamax gives developers a single management platform to easily create, share and deploy any Docker-containerized application, the company said in its announcement.

Docker, the Linux container manager that Panamax is based on, is a fast-growing open-source project used by the developer and devops communities. Because it makes containers portable and sharable, Docker allows developers to collaborate on infrastructure.

Panamax is a containerized app creator with an open-source app marketplace hosted in GitHub that provides a friendly interface for users of Docker, Fleet & CoreOS.

"We developed Panamax to make it even easier to use Docker,” said Lucas Carlson, chief innovation officer at CenturyLink.  “Panamax lets you combine Linux containers like Legos, stitching together the best-of-breed containers built by the devops community, and then deploy them anywhere."

Prior to Panamax, running multi-container, multi-server apps with Docker was difficult. Developers needed to learn as many as five new technologies – libswarm, systemd, etcd, ambassador and fleet –  as well as Docker-specific best practices just to get started.

Panamax packages these technologies and best practices for an intuitive user experience that automates the heavy lifting of deploying complex applications. Developers drag-and-drop containers and can easily access the open-source cloud application marketplace. Panamax can run on laptops, virtual machines, bare metal or any public cloud that supports CoreOS like CenturyLink Cloud.

"As one of the fastest-growing open-source projects in history, Docker is going to change the game in application development," said James Governor, principal analyst at RedMonk, the developer-focused industry analyst firm. "Panamax is designed to be Docker management for humans, dramatically simplifying multi-container app deployment."

Panamax is available today on GitHub under an Apache 2 license. To learn more or to access and download the Panamax software, visit www.panamax.io.

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