Linux container company Docker this week said it would acquire SDN start-up SocketPlane, a developer of a native networking stack for Docker software.\nTerms of the acquisition were not disclosed.\n SocketPlane\nSocketPlane was founded last fall by former Cisco, Red Hat, HP, OpenDaylight and Dell officials. The company is looking to bring enterprise-grade networking to the Docker ecosystem by developing software designed to address the performance, availability and scale requirements of networking in large, container-based cloud deployments.\n+MORE ON NETWORK WORLD: +\nThe SocketPlane software employs a DevOps model and tools to enable scale, programmable agility, and policy-driven automation, and provides network virtualization to mask network configuration complexity.\nDocker says SocketPlane participated in shaping the initial efforts around Docker\u2019s open API for networking. Within Docker, the 6-person SocketPlane team will be on collaborating with partners to complete a set of networking APIs that address the needs of application developers, and network and system administrators.\nBy bringing networking directly to the application and being infrastructure independent, Docker says it provides a template where competing vendors can work from one standard, while optimizing their own technologies for differentiation. Developers are assured application portability throughout the application lifecycle, with uniform communication of their composable services, Docker says.\nThis frees Docker-based applications from proprietary application communication buses, the company says. Distributed applications are not bound to a specific vendor or cloud provider, Docker says.\nSocketPlane employees have already transitioned to Docker and are working from the company\u2019s facilities in San Francisco.