Société Générale Migrates Thousands of Applications to the Cloud with Docker Enterprise

Société Générale is a French multinational bank that believes technology and innovation are key to enriching the customer experience and advancing economic development. The bank’s diverse application portfolio includes thousands of both monolithic and distributed applications.

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The following excerpt is from a post originally published in 2017 on the Docker blog.

A New Platform For Today and Tomorrow

Société Générale has a diverse application portfolio that includes many different types of applications, including legacy monolithic apps, SOA, distributed apps and REST APIs. The bank is also a global organization with teams and data centers around the world. A primary goal was to deliver a new application platform to improve time-to-market and lower costs, while accelerating innovation. Initially Société Générale considered off-the-shelf PaaS solutions, but realized that these were better suited for greenfield applications and they needed to immediately support the thousands of applications that were already in existence.

On the other hand, the platform also needed to support Société Générale’s future projects. For example, while they have a sizable private cloud, they wanted to make sure that the solution could be extensible to public clouds such as Azure or AWS, and would support emerging technologies and future use cases such as machine learning and blockchain technologies.

Société Générale came to the conclusion that Docker Enterprise would support their existing apps as well as new apps while enabling them to integrate their preferred systems and leverage their existing infrastructure.

A Step-by-Step Plan for Success

Docker Enterprise is the foundation of the Société Générale application platform, delivering infrastructure independence and a common way to support diverse applications. To successfully roll out and integrate Docker Enterprise to their existing IT systems, they planned a step-by-step approach.

They started with defining the existing technology and application stacks that were being used and prioritizing the integration of Docker Enterprise with their core CI / CD pipeline tools, including Jenkins, Github, and Nexus.

With these pieces in place, Société Générale could begin migrating stateful applications to the platform. To support these stateful, primarily legacy applications, Docker Enterprise was integrated with existing NetApp storage using the new volume plug-ins. Société Générale began running the first set of applications in Docker Enterprise approximately 9 months ago.

With these apps running in Docker Enterprise, Stephan Dechoux, DevOps architect, and Thomas Boussardon, Middleware Specialist added logging and monitoring solutions to not only see what was happening inside the container but also, as a way to centralize the information in a single dashboard.

Today, 15 months after they began this project, they are in Phase 3. There are 10 applications running in production on the Docker Enterprise platform, with another 50 in development. There are approximately 400 developers working with the platform, and it has generated enthusiasm across the organization with different teams all wanting to work on it.

A Future-Proof Platform

Now that existing legacy applications are easier to update and maintain, Société Générale is looking to bring more microservices into the picture and expand the platform to support new cloud-native applications and emerging technologies. Over the next few months, Société Générale will also be working across multiple clouds (private and public) with the plan to operate everything, as Stephan put it, in “a big giant cluster.”

To Stephan and Thomas, the success of Docker Enterprise in Société Générale came from prioritizing both the integration points to the platform as well as the initial selection of key applications. By starting small, the bank could build on their successes and gather more momentum behind the platform. With their step-by-step approach, they were able to add more capabilities over time while educating more teams on the platform. Today, Docker Enterprise is the platform of choice for the entire organization.

Société Générale uses Docker Enterprise to Build a Container Platform and Migrate Applications to the Cloud


The 153-year old bank needed to accelerate innovation and cut costs by moving 80 percent of applications from its multiple data centers to the cloud by 2020.


Société Générale uses Docker Enterprise to build a container platform solution more flexible than the existing PaaS to support thousands of existing applications and develop new microservice-based ones.


15 months after Société Générale began the project, there are over 10 multi-tier applications in production and 50 more in development. The developers now use Docker Enterprise as part of a modern CI/CD workflow.

Société Générale by the Numbers

31 Million

Customers in 67 Countries


Employees Globally




Developers using Docker Enterprise

“With Docker Enterprise, everyone wants to work with containers; everyone wants to work with Docker and it’s a change of mindset in the company.”

— Thomas Boussardon

Middleware Specialist, Société Générale


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