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Docker today announced a fundamental change to its subscription model, rolling the use of its primary utility for managing Docker services on the desktop into its subscription — a strategy it says is necessary to help fund efforts to improve security and manageability.
Starting February 1, 2022, companies will have to have a valid per-user subscription to run Docker Desktop, a change that will likely force many companies that are using Docker Desktop — but not necessarily Docker Hub — to pay fees. Docker plans to use much of the revenue generated to create a more trusted ecosystem of Docker images and add more security tools for application developers.
In addition, business-specific features, such as more stringent management of the containers and repositories that developers can use, will be implemented, according to chief technology officer Justin Cormack.
“Our conversations with customers have shown that, from their point of view, security is probably the
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