In December 2013, Google announced that its cloud platform was supporting a fledgling open source project called Docker. Outside of a tight-knit community of evangelical software developers, the news went largely unnoticed.
Over the next 10 months, VMware, Amazon Web Services, IBM and Microsoft followed Google’s lead. By the end of last year, Docker had gone from almost complete obscurity to become one of the hottest startups in the raging-hot business software market, sporting close to a half-billion-dollar valuation.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.