Docker News, and the continued Portainer Vision

If you are reading this post, i will assume by now that you have heard/read the news of Docker EE’s acquisition by Mirantis, and their eventual sun-setting of Swarm within the next 2 years.

It’s important to me to explain to our user community that this does not materially impact Portainer or our vision.

From day 1, I have envisaged Portainer as a container platform management control pane, and that we happened to interface with Docker Swarm was simply a technology choice at the time.

We have always planned to be much more than a simple Docker Swarm UI, and that is why we started adding extensions over 12 months ago. Extensions are our way of creating or interfacing with technology external to the orchestrator, so as to create an integrated management experience; one that meant you did not need to leave Portainer to complete all tasks required to deploy and maintain a container based application stack.

We have also begun (2 months ago) the process to add support for Kubernetes, and making the Kubernetes experience as simple as humanly possible. Adopting Kubernetes is a daunting task for any IT team, and we aim to turn that from daunting to simple.

For now, due to continued demand, and the fact that Swarm continues to be widely adopted, we will continue to support Docker Engine, Docker Swarm within Portainer.

Obviously (and as planned), in the near future, we will add support for Kubernetes. We will also continue to enhance our existing extensions, namely RBAC, External Authentication, Registry Management. We will also be adding new extensions, such as Alerting and Monitoring (via an integration with technology such as Prometheus and Sensu), Advanced Network Services (via integration with technolgoy such as Traefik), Advanced Storage Services (via an integration with technology such as Storidge/GlusterFS/BeeFS), Centralised Logging (Activity logs, and also container logs – through an integration with technology such as ELK).

You can see our full vision in the diagram below:

We really do value your continued use of Portainer, and if there is ever anything you need to ask me, feel free to reach out to me at any time.

Neil Cresswell

CEO and Co-Founder,


  1. Jonathan Maier

    Hello Neil,

    i’m a german informationtechnology student and i’ve always loved working with Portainer, because it makes Container Management so effective and easy.

    I’ve just started a new student research project, where i try to bring in portainer to the cloud infrastructure of our university, because it gives students the opportunity to run their own Container without even knowing Docker or Orchestration. Currently i’m using Swarm as Orchestration tool, but after hearing the news from Docker i was shocken and feared wether my work would be dourable.
    Reading youre Post about the ongoing strategy from Portainer made me really happy, because I think the best Orchestration tool is Kubernetes and when Portainer announces it’s support, that is a huge step.
    Maybe then Portainer will get the GUI for all the university clouds in south west germany, that would be a dream.

    I just hope that I can deploy Kubernetes with Docker, before the end of july next year, when my student research project ends.
    But even then I will be using it on my own private server, that i bought yesterday.

    I hope I didn’t bored you with this story, but i just wanted to thank you and your team for the great work you doing and hope we can look soon on the Kubernetes menu options in Portainer.
    I’m sure Portainer will last a long time, because I already got in contact with many People, that can benefit from it.

    Keep going and best of luck.


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