CoreOS, the company behind the increasingly popular open-source CoreOS operating system for warehouse scale computing, today announced that it has acquired Quay.io, a service that specializes in hosting private Docker repositories. Many developers who use Docker either use Docker’s own public repository or create their own private repositories. Quay.io takes the work out of hosting those repositories and starting today, CoreOS’s customers who sign up for its recently launched paid Managed Linux service will get access to the newly launched CoreOS Enterprise Registry, powered by Quay.io.
Quay.io‘s two New York-based co-founders will join the CoreOS team and CoreOS will use this opportunity to open a New York office.
“It is wonderful to join the CoreOS team and see Quay.io become part of the full CoreOS solution,” said Jake Moshenko, CEO of Quay.io in a statement today. “We have already loved getting to know everyone on the team and are looking forward to the future of Quay.io + CoreOS ”
As CoreOS founder and CEO Alex Polvi told me earlier this week, Quay.io will also stay open as a stand-alone product and its current customers shouldn’t notice any immediate changes. He noted that his team had been working with Quay.io for a while now and the two companies were a natural fit. Docker is a central part of the CoreOS ecosystem. Like other open-source companies, CoreOS’s business model focuses on building paid services around its free offerings.
Polvi wouldn’t say what else the company is working on, but he noted that CoreOS wants to be able to offer its users a “complete solution” for managing their large clusters. Indeed, it looks like the company already has a number of tools for managing large clusters under development. At the same time, though, he also stressed that CoreOS will always offer its users an open interface, so they can pick and choose the software components they want to use — be they paid services or open-source tools.