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April 18, 2017

Oracle goes to Werck(er) with Docker specialist acquisition

Big Red boosts Kubernetes & Docker strategy.

By James Nunns

Oracle has decided to splash the cash to acquire Wercker to boost its container management portfolio.

Container technology has been a hot topic in the tech industry for the past few years, although far from new, and Oracle has become the latest tech giant to give its portfolio a little help in this area with an acquisition.

Big Red’s acquisition of Wercker, a Dutch developer support house that specialises in Docker and Kubernetes management tools for developers, should give Oracle’s customers access to tools that help to quickly create and manage containers to test code.

The move should see Oracle tie the tech into its hosted Docker offerings on the company’s Cloud IaaS and PaaS offerings, therefore making it a bit more popular with developers that are looking for container tech.

Wercker founder and CEO Micha Hernández van Leuffen, said: “Wercker’s Docker-based platform has a strong, rapidly growing user base as companies, large and small, transition to container-based workloads.”

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For Wercker the deal gives it access to greater resources, as argued in the company’s announcement of the deal, and will give it the ability to improve its existing resources. One of those existing resources is a free community edition of the product, which the CEO said: “In the near term, our team, free community edition, and relentless focus on the developer experience remain unchanged.”

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Mark Cavage, Vice President, Product Development, Oracle, said:  “Wercker greatly enhances the Oracle portfolio with a compelling Docker-based automation product and will accelerate the productivity of developers, across the entire spectrum, from the enterprise to the open source community.”

Wercker has been around since 2012 and raised $4.5 million in a Series A funding round last year.

Oracle’s acquisition follows on from the Microsoft purchase of Deis, a maker of tools that are compatible with Kubernetes, that took place earlier this month.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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