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Docker Acquires Kitematic



Docker, Inc., the San Francisco, CA-based company behind the Docker open platform for distributed applications, acquired Canadian startup Kitematic and its open source software tool.

The amount of the transaction was not disclosed.

The Docker experience will be enhanced through Kitematic and its graphical user interface (GUI)-driven workflow that automatically installs Docker on a user’s Mac to build, ship and run Docker containers in minutes.

Led by Jeff Morgan, co-founder, Kitematic leverages Docker Machine, one of Docker’s three orchestration tools, to configure a developer’s Mac as a “Docker host” and then subsequently install and run the Docker Engine. The developer is then presented with a catalog of curated content which includes images for Nginx, Minecraft, Redis, etc., that they can build, ship and run as Docker containers on their laptop.

The acquisition of Kitematic followed the acquisition of:
– Orchard in the summer of 2014, which led to the creation of an orchestration tool called Docker Compose,
РKoality, a developer of a continuous integration solution in October 2014 (read here), and
– SocketPlane, a software-defined networking (SDN) startup in March 2015 (read here).

Led by¬†Madhu Venugopal, CEO,¬†Docker is the company behind the Docker open source platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship, run and orchestrate distributed applications.¬†Downloaded 200+ million times, it is used by thousands of innovative organizations, including eBay, Baidu, Yelp, Spotify, Yandex, and Cambridge HealthCare.¬†Docker’s adoption has resulted in more than 95,000 Dockerized applications and integration partnerships with AWS, Cloud Foundry, Google, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack, Rackspace, Red Hat and VMware.

The company is venture backed by AME Cloud Ventures (Yahoo! Founder Jerry Yang), Benchmark (Peter Fenton), Greylock Partners (Jerry Chen), Insight Venture Partners (Jerry Murdock), Sequoia Capital (Bill Coughran), SV Angel (Ron Conway), Trinity Ventures (Dan Scholnick), Y Combinator.