As organizations look to increase flexibility, speed and efficiencies in their workflows, DevOps and containers are a natural fit
The world continues to speed up, with faster business cycles, more dynamic changes and higher customer expectations for responsiveness. Organizations feel pressured to innovate faster than ever, with accelerated application releases and updates within hours or days rather than weeks or months. As a result, agility and digital transformation have never been more critical to the enterprise.
It is vital for development teams to be flexible and nimble in their work, but legacy IT systems and development tools often leave developers frustrated and prevent them from reaching this type of real-time agility. IT teams are looking to solutions, such as containers, that can enable the “peeling off” of the monolith into more discrete services (at times called microservices), as well as new approaches to collaboration such as DevOps that give developers the flexibility, efficiency, feedback loops and speed needed for more agile workflows.
While not always the answer, many developers and data scientists find containers to be an excellent solution for meeting the accelerated deployment, mobility and flexibility demands they face. On a high level, shifting to containers offers a consistent, repeatable process that enables a uniform experience by all stakeholders. That repeatability and consistency, among other things, translates into lower entry barriers for newcomers and lower operational costs due to the uniformity a service offers when encapsulated in a container. In other words, operational engineers have the same coherent process whether in a test, pre-production or production environment (both on-premises or on a public cloud). Furthermore, they are also helped by container orchestrators such as Kubernetes.