#10 Priorities Around Container Adoption in DevOps Lifecycle
DevOps and Containers are two technology solutions that have laid the way for faster delivery cycles and better customer value, cost-effectively.
These two technology solutions institutionalized the software lifecycle with automated, continuous and rapid development, build, test and deployment cycles.
While DevOps formed a strong base for a collaborative IT environment, container services are crucial to speeding up the DevOps cycle as they enhance application delivery and minimize the execution time contributing to the continuous delivery cycle.
Here are 10 priorities that form the key basis for effective container management in production and at scale, in a DevOps environment:
1) Integration with Existing Enterprise IT
Integrating containers with the existing infrastructure elements is among the key priorities for organizations leveraging containerization benefits. The list of such elements primarily includes hypervisor, configuration management tools, storage, networks, hyperscale clouds and server automation.
2) Consistent Security and Compliance Framework
Managing the traditional VM environment is different from managing containers, owing to flexibilities and dynamic nature associated with container packages. So, aligning containers with corporate security and compliance framework stand as the second top priority. And, this is solely related to container lifecycle management. As the surveys show,
3) Place IT Operators Back in Control
IT operations teams have a special role in supporting organizations in successful container implementation. It becomes hard for the existing infrastructure, platform and application operators to manage with containers.
Further, the rising container adoption and more containerized apps are demanding enterprises possess additional scalability, security, compliance and cost-efficiency to perform container operations successfully. Only Ops teams can make this possible!
4) Support Hybrid Infrastructure
Ensure our organization supports hybrid infrastructure. As demand grows, enterprises will need to use multiple container services. Some organizations use containers on VMs in a corporate datacenter, while some expect container management solutions to also manage Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) model. All this would definitely demand the support of hybrid infrastructure.
5) Optimal Kubernetes Management
Kubernetes is today the most obvious word when speaking about container services. Kubernetes is known for its ability to deploy and manage containers in the production and at scale. It also does container scheduling and manages the container orchestration framework.
It provides standard APIs that help developers deploy code in line with defined corporate IT policies. This avoids the need for time-consuming infrastructure configuration. So, optimal Kubernetes management stands key to container implementation in DevOps.
6) Transitioning to Microservices
Microservices makes the job much easier by componentizing the larger applications into small functional components. These components with standardized API interfaces can be added to large applications or traditional enterprise applications.
With its small, but independent, development and operations teams and release cycles, microservices help enterprises in rapid addition and execution of new capabilities without having to go for a major release of the complete application every time.
7) Application-centric Container Management
Application-centric container management keeps container applications away from the impacts of underlying infrastructure. The app-centric Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) model makes that possible by forming an abstraction layer on top of every individual container. This makes it easy to choose between application deployments in the data center or cloud.
Moreover, app-centric container management aligns deployment with internal policies and enables monitoring, alerting, scaling, updates and upgrades of containerized applications.
8) Transition to Declarative Management
Declarative container management forms the basis to increased cross-platform scalability and portability of applications. This actually requires developers and operators to define exactly the desired state of an application rather than scripting by their procedure.
As part of the application management lifecycle, this process involves security and compliance experts, along with the Dev and Ops teams.
9) Leveraging Containers, PaaS And FaaS
As the surveys say, majority developers cite ‘flexibility’ as the prime reason behind container adoption on top of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Whereas, Operators prefer containers to their existing PaaS setup majorly for easy onboarding of legacy enterprise applications.
On the other hand, FaaS is finding more prominence as organizations began gearing up to cut-down packages that delay code releases.
Overall, organizations will definitely require the support of IT operations tools to effectively and consistently manage containers, PaaS and FaaS, among other related functions.
10) Prioritize Containerization
Container technology emerged as a compelling option for its abilities to run applications in a scalable, portable and cost-efficient way. However, the success with container implementation in your DevOps lifecycle comes only with a detailed understanding of the container business use-cases prior to containerizing an application.
Wait no more! Get on these 10 priorities around container adoption and enhance the speed of your DevOps cycle.
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