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AWS Elastic Beanstalk has Docker fever

The first production-ready version of a popular Linux container can be automated through Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk platform.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk has updated its support for a Linux container that experts say could grow into a new standard for application portability among Linux servers.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Beanstalk has supported the popular Docker Linux container since April, but last week upgraded its support to version 1.0, the first version to be pronounced production-ready by founder Docker Inc. Previous versions of Docker were not recommended for production use until bugs were fixed and the stability of the containers was assured.

Companies can package applications using Docker 1.0 on their own, or provide a text-based Docker file with instructions on how to create an image, and AWS Elastic Beanstalk will build and run the container for them, according to a post made last week in the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Developer Forum. Docker on Elastic Beanstalk can also integrate with Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud and Relational Database Service.

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Do you plan to use Docker 1.0 on AWS Elastic Beanstalk?
Given that Docker has portability "built in", why would customers use it with Elastic Beanstalk (AWS lock-in) when they can use the native Docker tools (or compatible Docker tools) which could be used across any cloud platform?