GitHub served as a model for setting up the CoreOS Enterprise Registry, Polvi said. GitHub, which allows developers to post and share their software projects online, has attracted over 6.7 million developers contributing to over 14.8 million projects.
Like GitHub, the CoreOS repository will allow developers to publicly store Docker containers, while the company charges a monthly fee for storing containers privately on the service.
A single user can host up to five repositories for US$5 per month, or an organization can host up to 10 repositories for $25 per month. More private repositories can be hosted for additional fees.
CoreOS' Premium Managed Service, which includes a copy of the repository that can be installed locally, starts at $2,100 per month for 25 servers.
Two Google engineers launched Quay.io in October 2013. CoreOS won't reveal how many users the Quay.io service has attracted in its short life span, though the service has been used by a number of startups, such as the online shopping company ModCloth and the BitCoin exchange Bex.
The purchase of the New York-based Quay.io also allows CoreOS to expand operations to New York, where it can recruit additional engineers, customer support technicians and other personnel who will be needed as the company grows, Polvi said.
In other Linux distribution news, SUSE has released a new version of its OpenStack distribution, SUSE Cloud 4, which now comes with the Ceph distributed storage system for supporting block, file and object storage within a single cluster.