The Grace Period for the Docker Subscription Service Agreement Ends Soon – Here’s What You Need to Know

Remember the updates to our product subscription categories that we announced on August 31? You may remember that we also announced a grace period for those who need to switch from a free to a paid subscription to use Docker Desktop. This is a friendly reminder that the grace period ends on January 31, 2022.

Docker trusts our customers to comply by January 31, 2022 and Docker Desktop will continue to operate normally after January 31. But it’s a reminder that unpaid commercial use by companies with more than 250 employees or $10 million in annual revenue would be out of compliance with a Docker subscription service agreement.

Updated Docker subscription levels

To summarize the August 31 announcement, Docker announced the updated product subscription levels – personal dockerAnd Docker ProAnd Team Docker And business docker. Docker Personal replaces Docker Free and remains free for personal use, education, non-commercial open source projects, and small businesses. Docker Business is our newest subscription offering that enables commercial use of Docker Desktop, and includes additional enterprise-grade management and security features such as image access management, vulnerability scanning, SAML SSO, and more.

The updated subscription terms for Docker Desktop reflect our need to sustainably scale our business and enable us to continue to deliver value across all Docker subscriptions. Check out our pricing page and subscription cheat page to compare our subscription levels and see which subscription is right for you and your organization.

Docker Desktop use in large commercial organizations requires a paid Pro, Team, or Business subscription, starting at $5 per month. Docker Desktop remains free for small businesses (less than 250 employees and less than $10 million in annual revenue), as well as for personal use, education, and non-commercial open source projects.

Docker Desktop: More than a container user interface

Thousands of developers use Docker Desktop in production but many people may not realize how valuable Docker Desktop packages are under the hood. Docker Desktop manages all the complexities of Docker Engine and Kubernetes integration, configuration, and maintenance in Windows and Mac desktop environments (file systems, VMs, networks, and more). This allows developers to spend more time building applications and less time repairing infrastructure. With a paid subscription, organizations get additional value from Docker Desktop, including secure software supply chain management capabilities, centralization of policy visibility and controls, user management and easy access to hundreds or thousands of developers.

Docker Business enables scalability and security

The new Docker Business subscription is designed for organizations that use Docker extensively to develop applications, which require features such as secure software supply chain management, single sign-on (SSO), container registry access controls and more. It has an easy-to-use SaaS-based management level that allows IT leaders to monitor and manage all of their Docker development environments and accelerate their initiatives for a secure software supply chain. Docker Business also includes Image Access Management that gives administrators the ability to control which container image developers can access from the Docker Hub, ensuring teams are built securely from scratch using only trusted content.

Image access management is the first of many control-level features that will be added to Docker Business. In the not-too-distant future, look for SAML-based SSO; Support for local records such as JFrog Artifactory, along with other public records such as ECR; See which images are being consumed, versions and vulnerabilities, and more security, management, and productivity features. Check out the Docker Business Whitepaper to learn more about how Docker Business extends the Docker experience developers already know and love with premium features and capabilities.

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Once again, the Docker Subscription Service Agreement went into effect on August 31, and the grace period for those who need to switch to a paid Docker subscription under the new terms expires soon on January 31, 2022. We’ve put together resources to help make that transition as easy as possible:

Learn more about Docker Business in our white paper, Building Modern and Secure Applications at Scale Using Docker Business.

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