Built on industry standards, secured for the enterprise

diagram Docker Engine – Enterprise is the industry-leading container engine for securely running Windows- and Linux-based applications at scale in any environment. Based on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) core container runtime, containerd, Docker Engine – Enterprise adds enhanced security capabilities, image validation, certified plugins, and enterprise-grade support. Docker Engine – Enterprise supports Linux (CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Oracle Linux, RHEL, SUSE, and Ubuntu) and Windows Server operating systems.

Why Docker Engine – Enterprise?

Accelerate Innovation

Docker Engine – Enterprise forms the common foundation underlying the Docker Enterprise platform, allowing developers and operators to turn ideas into reality, quickly and securely.

Freedom of Choice

Docker Engine – Enterprise supports any type of application – legacy to cloud-native, monolithic to 12-factor – and works with multiple operating systems, across hybrid/multi-cloud and validated to work with Kubernetes CRI.

Intrinsic Security

Docker Engine – Enterprise is built with security in mind. With Docker Content Trust and FIPS 140-2 validation, Docker Engine users can run containerized applications in highly regulated environments.

Key Features and Capabilities

Powered by containerd

Built on the industry-standard container engine a graduated project of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Containerd implements Kubernetes Container Runtime Interface (CRI) and is widely adopted across public clouds and enterprises.


FIPS 140-2 Encryption

The only container runtime that has been validated by NIST for its encryption, forming a secure and compliant foundation for deploying containerized applications. Part of a “secure by design” engineering philosophy.


Enforce Signed Images

Validate the provenance of containers by enforcing proper digital signing of images before being deployed. Prevents a user from using a container image from an unknown source or building a container image from a base layer from an unknown source.


Certified Plugins

Integrate Docker Engine with your preferred networking, storage, and logging tools through validated and certified plugins. The plugin architecture extends capabilities of Docker Engine to 3rd party provided tools.


Enterprise-Class Support

Includes defined SLAs and private support channels, 24 months of extended software maintenance, hotfixes and patches for all supported release.


Simple upgrade from Docker Engine – Community

From the free Community Engine, you can easily activate a license to upgrade to Docker Engine – Enterprise. Experience the additional benefits of Docker Engine – Enterprise without re-installation.

Which Docker Engine is right for you?

Docker Engine

  • Enterprise-class support with defined SLAs and private support channels
  • 24 months of extended software maintenance
  • Hotfixes & patches for all supported releases
  • FIPS 140-2 validated encryption modules
  • Enforcement of signed images
  • Engage with Docker product team on roadmap priorities
  • Ecosystem plugins and ISV containers certified with collaborative support
  • Certified reference architecture and operating systems
  • Professional services delivered by Docker and Certified Partners

Docker Engine

  • Community-based support forums
  • 7 months of software maintenance
  • Hotfixes & patches only for most recent release

Learn more about Docker Enterprise

Docker Enterprise is the fastest way to securely build, share and run modern applications anywhere. Download the datasheet to learn more.

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