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Docker, the ever-popular container startup, plans to announce on Tuesday that it has acquired Koality, a small shop that provides testing and development tools. Koality’s four-person team will now be working out of Docker’s headquarters, said Docker CEO Ben Golub. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
This makes Docker’s second acquihire in recent months. In July, the startup bought out London-based Orchard Laboratories, which built a container orchestration service on top of Docker. Docker’s recent cash influx of $40 million will come in handy as the company scouts for talent and looks for companies it feels make a good fit as part of its paid-services lineup of tools that surround the open-source Docker container management system, explained Golub.
Koality’s specializes in a development practice known as continuous integration (CI), which calls for consistent testing to a codebase to ensure stable software that doesn’t fall apart when it goes live. Wercker, a startup that just took in $2.4 million last week, performs a similar service with its own tool and is coincidently converting its platform to run on Docker containers.
The acquisition makes sense for Docker as Koality’s CI tool can help developers create consistent and error-free code across multiple cloud servers. It fits in nicely with Orchard Laboratories’ Fig orchestration tool that makes it easier for developers to spin up and manage multiple Docker containers, which house an application’s codebase.
While Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels pointed out Koality as an innovative startup during last year’s Amazon re:Invent conference, Koality — whose CEO and co-founder Jonathan Chu once worked as a software engineer for Palantir — doesn’t just cater to the cloud exclusively. The startup also allows for developers to test out their code within their own infrastructure with an on-premise component, which is important for Docker as it sees more traditional industries like banking, manufacturing and government agencies willing to try out its container technology,
“I’ve never seen anything like this where an 18-month old technology is already being pushed into production by some of the most conservative organizations in the planet,” said Golub.
It’s interesting to note that while a lot of startups and tools have sprung up around Docker in recent months that focus on operational services designed to streamline IT with containers (think StackEngine and Century Links’ Panamax tool), Docker’s two recent acquisitions highlights how Docker is emphasizing application development rather than simply trying to make the lives of IT staff simpler.
“We are certainly adding operations [services], but our bias is that we start with development and then move to operations,” Golub said.