Docker Expands Partnership with IBM to Address Growing Demand for the Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) Program

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"Through Docker EE for IBM Cloud and Docker's MTA Program, the two companies are making it easier than ever for clients to modernize their existing applications," said Jason McGee, VP, IBM Cloud Platform. "Today's announcement from IBM and Docker is another big step forward in our long-standing partnership to further fuel public cloud adoption with containers."

As part of this expanded relationship, the two companies are also announcing Docker EE for IBM Cloud, which enables customers to use the Docker platform to containerize their existing workloads and run them in a hybrid cloud environment. Watson AI capabilities, delivered over IBM Cloud, run on Docker technology, provide enterprises with the means to take their monolithic applications and make them smarter, without having to change the original application. Additionally, certified IBM software will be available in the Docker Store, simplifying the containerization of existing software that uses IBM middleware.

Since the launch of the MTA program in April of this year, Docker and its partners have helped their customers modernize hundreds of Linux Java and Windows .NET applications with 100 percent success rate. Most enterprise IT organizations have hundreds or thousands of custom legacy business applications that are expensive to maintain from both a CapEx (infrastructure) and OpEx (labor and overhead) standpoint. In fact, it is not uncommon to see 80 percent of the enterprise IT budget spent on the maintenance of legacy applications with only 20 percent left for new initiatives and innovation. With Docker EE and the MTA program, organizations are able to reduce their TCO and re-allocate their budgets to new innovations.

"It's not often that the technology of the future can also be the technology for the past," said Steve Singh, Chairman and CEO of Docker. "The Docker container platform that millions of developers are using to build modern applications and microservices is the same platform that can be used to modernize and manage your legacy application portfolio. Our partnership with IBM enables us to expand our MTA program to address a customer base that wants to make their existing legacy apps more secure, efficient and portable to both hybrid and public cloud platforms."

Docker's MTA program is delivered in partnership with Avanade, Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cisco, HPE, IBM and Microsoft. The program delivers a prescriptive proof-of-concept (POC) comprised of a Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) subscription, cloud or on premises infrastructure and 30 days of professional services.

Learn more about Docker Enterprise Edition and the Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program. The MTA program helps enterprises transform expensive and difficult to maintain applications into efficient, secure, and portable modern applications ready for hybrid cloud environments. Designed for IT operations teams, Docker EE modernizes existing legacy applications without modifying source code or re-architecting the application. For more information visit:

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