Containers are one of the hottest topics in the IT community. While containers are not a new concept in IT, they have become significantly easier to incorporate into development ecosystems with the evolution of tools like Docker. Docker is a way to package, build, and run all the components needed to deliver an application. Companies of all sizes are adopting containers to increase their velocity of delivery, security, and maintainability.
Deliver Code Faster
One of the first questions customers often ask is, “How does this affect my time to delivery?” While the obvious answer is that it will decrease, it is important to understand why. Containers reduce the complexity of delivering software by bundling everything required to run the application in a single package. That package can either be run on a developer’s machine or in a production environment with no modifications.
Additionally, developers have the flexibility to develop in whichever language makes the most sense for the problem at hand, which increases efficiency by easing developer comfort. Development teams should dictate the toolset they want to use during implementation without being constrained by the platform or environments a company currently maintains.
Reducing the tools used to build, test, and deploy applications provides a natural progression towards a DevOps culture. Development teams can use tools they are comfortable with to build and maintain their applications, while the operations teams can focus on providing a stable infrastructure, creating a clean separation of concerns.
Always Be Investing
Regardless of industry sector or organizational makeup, a company should continually look to invest in internal processes and procedures to grow, evolve, and transform existing capabilities. Internal IT organizations should follow suit. Containers help breed a culture of collaboration: by containerizing key components of an application, features can be easily created and shared across teams as if they were an open source project.
This allows security teams to apply security patches, application teams to develop new features, and operations teams to adjust infrastructure or configuration components, all while reducing overhead of coordination and sequencing. These collaborative efforts can then be rolled out across the enterprise with ease through the continued use of containers, making it even easier to contribute back to the organization.
How To Get Started
The movement towards containers affects all aspects of modern businesses. At ETA, we have assisted companies of all sizes not only undertake the technical change required to run containers, but have helped them work through the cultural shift that is required for ultimate success. By balancing the needs of development, operations, security, and business teams, we help foster a DevSecOps (Development Security Operations) environment that delivers value to the business, faster.
Are you looking to adopt Containers within your organization, but aren’t sure where to begin? Contact us to get started.