About Docker EEEstimated reading time: 6 minutes
Docker Enterprise Edition (Docker EE) is designed for enterprise development and IT teams who build, ship, and run business-critical applications in production and at scale. Docker EE is integrated, certified, and supported to provide enterprises with the most secure container platform in the industry. For more info about Docker EE, including purchasing options, see Docker Enterprise Edition.
There are currently two versions of Docker EE Engine available:
- 18.03 - Use this version if you’re only running Docker EE Engine.
- 17.06 - Use this version if you’re using Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 (Docker Engine, UCP, and DTR).
Docker EE tiers
|Capabilities||Community Edition||Enterprise Edition Basic||Enterprise Edition Standard||Enterprise Edition Advanced|
|Container engine and built in orchestration, networking, security|
|Certified infrastructure, plugins and ISV containers|
|Container app management|
|Image security scanning|
Enterprise Edition Basic
With Docker EE Basic, you can deploy Docker Enterprise Engine to manage your container workloads in a flexible way. You can manage workloads on Windows, Linux, on-premise or on the cloud.
Docker EE Basic has enterprise class support with defined SLAs, extended maintenance cycles for patches for up to 24 months.
Enterprise Edition Standard and Advanced
Docker EE Standard has everything the Basic edition has, and extends it with private image management, integrated image signing policies, and cluster management with support for Kubernetes and Swarm orchestrators.
Docker EE Advanced takes this one step further and allows you to implement node-based RBAC policies, image promotion policies, image mirroring, and scan your images for vulnerabilities.
The following table shows all of the platforms that are available for Docker EE. Each link in the first column takes you to the installation instructions for the corresponding platform. Docker EE is an integrated, supported, and certified container platform for the listed cloud providers and operating systems.
These are the operating systems where you can install Docker EE.
|Platform||x86_64 / amd64||IBM Power (ppc64le)||IBM Z (s390x)|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2016|
|Microsoft Windows Server 1709|
|Microsoft Windows Server 1803|
When using Docker EE Standard or Advanced
IBM Power is not supported as managers or workers. Microsoft Windows Server is not supported as a manager. Microsoft Windows Server 1803 is not supported as a worker.
Docker Certified Infrastructure
Docker Certified Infrastructure is Docker’s prescriptive approach to deploying Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) on a range of infrastructure choices. Each Docker Certified Infrastructure includes a reference architecture, automation templates, and third-party ecosystem solution briefs.
|Platform||Docker Enterprise Edition|
|Amazon Web Services|
|IBM Cloud||Coming soon|
Docker Enterprise Edition release cycles
Each Docker EE release is supported and maintained for 24 months, and receives security and critical bug fixes during this period.
The Docker API version is independent of the Docker platform version. We maintain careful API backward compatibility and deprecate APIs and features slowly and conservatively. We remove features after deprecating them for a period of three stable releases. Docker 1.13 introduced improved interoperability between clients and servers using different API versions, including dynamic feature negotiation.
Upgrades and support
If you’re a Docker DDC or CS Engine customer, you don’t need to upgrade to Docker EE to continue to get support. We will continue to support customers with valid subscriptions whether the subscription covers Docker EE or Commercially Supported Docker. You can choose to stay with your current deployed version, or you can upgrade to the latest Docker EE version. For more info, see Scope of Coverage and Maintenance Lifecycle.