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Docker: Love It Or Leave It? 6 Things To Consider

Docker is taking the IT world by storm, but before enterprises add it to their 2016 roadmaps there are a few things they should understand -- and a few things they should be worried about.
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Developers simply love Docker. If you're an enterprise IT leader, you've heard about Docker. Your developers have not only heard about it, but have tried it, talked about it with their social networks and bemoaned the fact that they're not already using it at work.

As most enterprise leaders know, getting code to production is a complex and time-consuming chore. Developers can spend days waiting for a system engineer to prepare the infrastructure and configure the right packages. Meanwhile, the code was tested on a system that had yet another version.

With Docker, all of the packages and dependencies are included in the Docker container that the developer prepares. They can push code with zero manual hardware configurations or package updates. Essentially, Docker is a developer's dream -- as long as they're working on a platform supported by Docker.

System engineers don't always love Docker. There's significant debate among cloud system engineers about whether or not Docker is even necessary. Some argue that configuration management tools like Puppet and Chef -- which install packages on the fly as a cloud instance is spun up, rather than having those packages baked into a Docker image -- are easier to manage, version and make universal changes to. Puppet fits more easily into a traditional development methodology and has proven secure in enterprise environments, whereas Docker presents challenges with enterprise security. 

Do you and your enterprise love Docker? Check out the following considerations and decide for yourself. 

 

Stephanie leads cloud operations at Logicworks, an industry-leading cloud strategy and management provider. Her team assists large enterprises with infrastructure design, cloud migration, full lifecycle operational support, and auditing for HIPAA, SSAE-16, SOC 2, NIST - 800, ... View Full Bio

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virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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10/25/2015 | 3:56:03 AM
Re: point of information
Every company has the need and capability in their IT infrastructure to move applications from one location to another, but the capability to do so is still extremely limited.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/24/2015 | 2:42:58 PM
point of information
"Containers are lighter than VMs"

...except, of course, for unikernels -- which are more specialized and more secure.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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10/23/2015 | 5:42:20 PM
Docker acquisition
I'm also curious about your thoughts on Docker's acquisition of Tutum and if that impacts enterprise considerations.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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10/23/2015 | 3:23:48 PM
Docker expertise
Hi Stephanie -- Thanks for this great list of Docker considerations. These are all really important factors for enterprises to weigh, especially security. Regarding Docker expertise, are there many resources for IT pros to get training?
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