Difference between Docker Community Edition (CE) vs Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) in 2020

What is Docker Community Edition?

Docker Engine has been renamed to Docker Community Edition, and, as the name suggests, community supported version of Docker that’s available for free of cost. Docker CE is a free and open source containerization platform. It is a rebranded version of the Docker open source solution that has been freely available since the launch of Docker in 2013.

The community edition will be available in two versions:

  • Edge and
  • Stable.
    Edge will be released each month with the latest features. Stable will be released on a quarterly basis. While Edge will receive security updates and bug fixes for the current release, the stable version will get similar updates for four months after the initial release.

What is Docker Enterprise Edition?

Docker EE, on the other hand, is a premium version of CE. Docker EE is an integrated, fully supported, and certified container platform that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), Oracle Linux, Ubuntu, Windows Server 2016, as well as Azure and AWS.

The Docker Enterprise platform business, including products, customers, and employees, has been acquired by Mirantis, inc., effective 13-November-2019. Mirantis delivers Kubernetes on-premises for enterprise-grade container orchestration.

Docker Enterprise enables deploying highly available workloads using either the Docker Kubernetes Service or Docker Swarm.

Docker Enterprise 3.0 Components

  • Docker Engine Enterprise: The Docker Enterprise platform is the leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation. Docker Enterprise is the only independent container platform
  • Docker UCP: Docker Universal Control Plane (UCP) is the enterprise-grade cluster management solution from Docker. You install it on-premises or in your virtual private cloud, and it helps you manage your Docker cluster and applications through a single interface.
  • Docker DTR: Docker Trusted Registry (DTR) is the enterprise-grade image storage solution from Docker. You install it behind your firewall so that you can securely store and manage the Docker images you use in your applications.
  • Docker Desktop Enterprise: Docker Desktop Enterprise provides local development, testing, and building of Docker applications on Mac and Windows. With work performed locally, developers can leverage a rapid feedback loop before pushing code or Docker images to shared servers / continuous integration infrastructure.

Docker Enterprise 3.0 consists of two separately purchased and licensed products:

  • Universal Control Plane (UCP) and Docker Trusted Registry (DTR) with Docker Engine – Enterprise: Installed on servers and licensed based on the size of the environment.
  • Docker Desktop Enterprise: Installed on developer workstations and separately licensed addition to the platform.

Docker EE comes with additional features that can help enterprises launch, manage, and secure their containers more efficiently. Docker Enterprise platform features

  • Docker Kubernetes Service
  • Docker Swarm Service
  • Centralized cluster management
  • Deploy, manage, and monitor
  • Built-in security and access control

Here’s a summary of what companies can do when using Docker Enterprise Edition:

  • Gain access to certified Docker images and plugins
  • View your container clusters in a single pane view
  • Access controls for cluster and image management
  • Receive official same-day support from Docker
  • Run vulnerability scans on your Docker images
  • Run Docker EE engine with FIPS 140-2 certification
  • Advanced image and container management, LDAP/AD user integration, and role-based access control (formerly available only through Docker Datacenter, which is now part of the Docker EE plan)
  • Continuous vulnerability monitoring and Docker Security Scanning (formerly available only through Docker Datacenter, which is now part of the Docker EE plan)

Docker EE is supported by Alibaba, Canonical, HPE, IBM, Microsoft and by a network of regional partners. Those who want to test Docker EE can download a trial version for free from the official site.

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Conclusion and Summary
While the Docker CE vs Docker EE versions are targeted at different audiences, there isn’t much, or any, difference at source code level. “Both Docker EE and CE are based on the open source Docker project, which is developed in the open with Docker’s community of partners and contributors, and this forms the open, modular core of all Docker CE and EE editions,” said Messina.”

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