Docker’s free open-source software for creating containers is insanely popular with developers. And that has venture capitalists hoping that there’s an alchemy for turning that popularity into profits.
But Docker, valued at slightly above $1 billion at its most recent funding round, doesn’t make money off its software. Its plan is to generate revenue off tools that help developers use the software. And in that arena, it faces a barrage of competitors, including Google-backed Kubernetes, which is also a free open-source project, and Mesosphere.