Docker is one of the hottest tech startups you've never heard of, having recently raised $95 million at a $1 billion valuation. Above, the company's logo. Docker
Thousands flocked to San Francisco this week for the sold-out developer conference for Docker, a company that is changing the way the tech industry makes software and has quickly become the hottest startup in Silicon Valley. Just two months ago, this venture-backed outfit that you’ve probably never heard unless you are a committed tech geek raised another $95 million in funding at a $1 billion valuation, making it the latest tech unicorn. Here’s why Docker is so special.
Typically, developers have to write code and test it on out
on multiple machines to ensure it works on all kinds of devices before releasing their software to consumers. It’s a lengthy process, but with Docker, developers simply write code once and it’s good to go.
Additionally, Docker saves its clients money by employing a technology called containers that optimizes the server space developers use. It’s a bit complicated if you aren’t a techie, but what’s important is that containers are more efficient than their alternative, a technology known as virtual machines that's sold by specialists like VMware. Altogether, this is why Docker already counts eBay, Groupon, Capital One Yelp and Spotify among its users. The U.S. General Services Administration is also a customer.