Docker has quietly raised the prices of its paid subscriptions for Teams and Business users. The terms for Teams users were adjusted as well, including a limitation to 100 users.
Docker provides solutions for the development of containerized applications. The organization announced the upcoming price increases in a FAQ. Annual Docker Teams subscriptions will rise from $2 to $9 per user per month starting October 27. Annual Business subscriptions will rise from $21 to $24 per user per month.
Discount for switching
In addition, the capacity of Teams subscriptions will be limited to 100 users. In doing so, Docker wants Teams users to consider switching to Business subscriptions, which generate more profit for the organization.
Current Teams subscribers with more than 100 users will receive a 30 percent discount if they switch to a Business subscription before December 31 of this year.
For customers, the switch and associated discount may be a serious consideration, as the Business subscription provides access to business features and related services. The various open-source components used by Docker remain free.
Reason for price increase
Docker says it wants to ensure and further expand the future of its container platform and associated services. The price increase should improve the monetization of a range of solutions, including Docker Extensions, the Docker Extensions SDK and Docker Desktop for Linux.
In 2021, Docker started requiring large customers with more than 250 users to purchase a paid subscription for Docker Desktop. Previously, the container tool could be used for free by anyone. Most Docker users still use the free versions.
The silent price increase caused some concern among end users. The limitation of 100 users for Teams subscriptions and a forced upgrade to the more expensive Business subscription are seen as constraints. Still, most users will simply pay more or upgrade, as switching to an alternative solution can be much more costly.