Docker parts ways with its dotCloud business

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Container management specialist Docker has sold off its dotCloud business line to cloudControl, the U.S. subsidiary of the Berlin, Germany-based cloudControl GmbH for an undisclosed amount; Docker plans to announce the news today. While the dotCloud technology will apparently be moving over to cloudControl, no employees will be leaving Docker, which now has a staff of 50, wrote a Docker spokesperson in an email.

It’s pretty obvious that Docker’s current claim to fame centers on its container skills and not its older PaaS technology, which happened to win both the Launchpad audience and judges’ choice awards at Structure in 2011. As Docker Founder and CTO Solomon Hykes explained in a recent Structure Show podcast, the container technology that powered the dotCloud infrastructure was actually more “awesome” than the dotCloud PaaS itself, which “basically bombed.”

Now, the dotCloud PaaS technology will be in the hands of cloudControl, a PaaS company whose business primarily resides in the EU. With the dotCloud business, cloudControl plans on expanding into the US marketplace and current dotCloud PaaS customers will eventually be moved over to the cloudControl PaaS, according to the announcement.

Last summer cloudControl rolled out a private PaaS for paranoid customers who worry that the NSA or other government agencies may want to tap into their systems.

In late July, the San Francisco startup bought out the London-based two-man development shop Orchard Laboratories, whose founders, Docker CEO Ben Golub said, will help Docker build tools that make using the container-management platform easier for developers.

For more details on how dotCloud begat Docker and the relationship between the startup and Google, be sure to listen to our recent Structure podcast with Hykes.

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