Docker Inc. announced a leadership change with current CEO Ben Golub relinquishing his position to industry veteran Steve Singh.
The move will see Singh add the CEO title to his current role as chairman of the board at Docker Inc. Singh is leaving his positions as CEO at Concur and as an executive board member at parent company SAP. As CEO at Docker Inc., Singh will focus on scaling the firm’s “business, brand, and continued innovation serving Docker’s customers, partners, and community.”
Singh’s move comes as SAP announced it was adding its name to the Concur business, which will be known as SAP Concur beginning next year. SAP closed on its $8.3 billion acquisition of Concur in late 2014.
Docker Inc. claims more than 12 billion downloads of its container technology, which is targeted at telecommunication operators looking to silo network work on software-based features and services and to enterprises aiming for a similar focus on developing products and services. Containers are designed to operate with a minimum of compute functions to allow for developed products to operate across platforms regardless of deployment methods.
Docker Inc. last month garnered positive comments from Microsoft, which touted the Docker platform’s support for its Windows operating system and open source Linux. The tip-of-the-hat followed a deal with Microsoft to create hybrid Windows applications using Commercially Supported Docker Engine and Docker Datacenter with Windows Server 2016.
Golub is set to maintain his director position on the company’s board, and in a blog post appeared to throw his support behind the leadership change.
“While there is always some uncertainty about changing roles, I am 100 percent certain that Steve is the right person for Docker,” Golub wrote.
451 Research recently predicted the application container market would grow from $762 million in 2016, to $2.7 billion in 2020, or a 40 percent compound annual growth rate. The research firm likened the growth in the application container market to that of OpenStack.
“Current estimates are conservative,” said Jay Lyman, analyst for cloud management and containers at 451 Research. “In the three years we’ve been tracking the OpenStack market, we’ve watched it grow from just 30 vendors in 2013, to more than 91 vendors today. We will be tracking the container market closely to see whether that translates into even higher revenue and faster growth than with OpenStack.”