What does writing novels have to do with Docker? I'll explain that part in a second, but as we have been saying for years... Docker is transforming our industry at breakneck speed.

CenturyLink has enabled me to be an integral part of that community for the last couple years by funding our elite team of open-source geniuses for which I will always be grateful.

Together, we have been able to add several useful open-source projects to the Docker ecosystem: Panamax, ImageLayers, Lorry, and Dray. These projects have helped make Docker easier to use for both beginner and advanced users. Stay tuned, more open source projects are yet to come.

So it is with great sadness that I announce my departure from this team. It has been an honor to work with them and to be a part of your life as well... our readers have been critical to the success of the CenturyLink Innovations Lab.

So why am I leaving? Hopefully the following anecdote will explain my motivation.

Docker, Inc. wasn't always the billion-dollar success that it is today. A few years ago, it was DotCloud, Inc., a platform-as-a-service startup competing with Heroku, AppFog and numerous other PaaS providers. Sure, they used containers to deploy application code, but containers wasn't really their focus.

Docker might never have come to light had it not been for Solomon Hykes, DotCloud's CEO. Solomon is a passionate advocate for open-source software, and really wanted to open-source his container manager. However, his investors were adamantly opposed. They thought it was critical that the proprietary IP be kept private. But Solomon followed his passion and open-sourced the technology anyhow, and the rest is history.

After CenturyLink acquired AppFog a couple years ago, I spent some time reading books that had been on my reading list for a while. One in particular was The Anatomy of Story. That book made me wonder if I could write a novel. After all, Andy Weir, who wrote The Martian, was a professional computer programmer, and A.G. Riddle, who wrote The Atlantis Gene, was an entrepreneur.

So I began writing my first novel. Now, two years later, it is finally finished: The Term Sheet: A Startup Thriller. Like Solomon before me, it is time for me to take a risk and follow my own passion. So I am quitting my job and working full-time on my second novel.

I have no idea if this will end up going anywhere, but it's what I love doing. I have nothing but kind feelings for CenturyLink and my team, and I know they will be doing great things in the future... including many new exciting container-related projects. I am sad I won't be in the middle of it anymore, but I will be their biggest cheerleader from the sidelines. I hope you will join me in continuing to cheer them on.

If you would like to join me on my new journey, feel free to follow along at lucascarlson.net.