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Leveraging Containerisation - Kubernetes and Docker

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

Kubernetes is an open source container management platform designed to run enterprise-class, cloud-enabled and web-scalable IT workloads. It is built upon the foundation laid by Google based on 15 years of experience in running containerized applications.

Though their popularity is a mostly recent trend, the concept of containers has existed for over a decade. Mainstream Unix-based operating systems (OS), such as Solaris, FreeBSD and Linux, had built-in support for containers, but it was Docker that truly democratized containers by making them manageable and accessible to both the development and IT operations teams. Docker has demonstrated that containerization can drive the scalability and portability of applications. Developers and IT operations are turning to containers for packaging code and dependencies written in a variety of languages. Containers are also playing a crucial role in DevOps processes. They have become an integral part of build automation and continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines.

A container platform is a complete solution that allows organisations to solve multiple problems across a diverse set of requirements. It is more than a piece of technology and orchestration – it delivers sustainable benefits throughout your organisation by providing all the pieces an enterprise operation requires including security, governance, automation, support and certification over the entire application lifecycle. Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) is an enterprise-ready container platform that enables IT leaders to choose how to cost-effectively build and manage their entire application portfolio at their own pace, without fear of architecture and infrastructure lock-in.

The container journey starts with the existing applications that run your business. By making them faster, more secure and cheaper to operate, Docker helps free up time and resources to build new applications for your customers. Transform IT without having to re-tool, re-code or re-educate existing applications, policies or staff. Once containerised and on the secure software supply chain, Docker uniquely addresses the needs across your IT organisation — from bringing the legacy forward to enabling future development. Accelerate your time to market, time to value and increase return on investment (ROI).

The first step with Docker is to modernize the existing application portfolio. Packaging existing applications into containers immediately improves security, reduces costs, and gains cloud portability. This transformation applies modern properties to legacy applications – all without changing a single line of code.

Cloud migration, multi-cloud or hybrid cloud infrastructure require friction less portability of applications. Docker packages applications and their dependencies together into an isolated container making them portable to any infrastructure. Eliminate the “works on my machine” problem once and for all. Docker certified infrastructure ensures the containerised applications work consistently, reducing costs via predictable repeatability and greatly reduced deployment times.

Integrate modern methodologies and automate development pipelines with the integration of Docker and DevOps. The isolated nature of containers make it conducive to rapidly changing environments by eliminating app conflicts and increasing developer productivity. Docker enables a true separation of concerns to accelerate the adoption of DevOps processes.

Wattle can work with your team to understand the business case and value of enabling or moving to an enterprise-wide container capability that is production ready from a people, process and technology perspective. Be it for risk management and portability within a hybrid / cross public cloud perspective, vulnerability management, micro-services or modernizing Traditional Applications, leverage Wattle Tech’s knowledge and methodologies to help you realize the business, security, cost and agility benefits that containers can represent.

Contact us on debunking the myths, providing visibility into what is possible and enabling a container capability roadmap across people, process and technology aspects of your IT operation.

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