Containers for everyone!

Why you’re not ready for containers in production


The newest and latest and greatest isn’t always the best choice. In this talk, Christian Johannsen talks about how crucial IT is for enterprise and why we need to be careful when migrating to a new system.

The IT industry continues to move fast, with a shift towards technologies like containers, orchestration and microservices at the top of the agenda. Businesses know that to remain competitive, and prove economic value, they need to have a stake in this new technology landscape. There´s always an urgency to move to the latest, greatest thing, but it’s almost impossible to do this, problem free, from day one. This session will cover a migration path from the workloads we recognize today to the flexible IT of the future.

Enterprise IT

Infrastructure is important and crucial for enterprise IT. New businesses are created and enabled through advances in technology, whether it’s Uber or Paypal. IT makes running their operations more efficient and allows them to make sense of a rapidly evolving landscape, like containers. Johannsen divides enterprise IT into two groups:

  • Innovation IT – which cares about integrating new tech for newer or faster business, e.g. bringing containers in
  • Operational IT – which deals with legacy code, maintaining the day-to-day databases and services that enable businesses to run

Both of these modes of IT are absolutely crucial for a enterprise to move forward and thrive.

Configuration Management

Johannsen explains that his company, Chef, proposes the benefits of Configuration Management. Configuration Management allows you to build a system that’s know, trusted, and does not rely on the specific knowledge of the development team.

Key benefits include:

  • Increased efficiency and stability
  • Historic records of configuration changes and system states
  • Enhanced system reliability and faster configuration issue detection
  • Decreased risk and greater security
  • Efficient change management
  • Faster restoration of services and stacks

But why?

Well. We can think of a few, good reasons.

The solution is…

Containers! Containers offer developers an alternative to server virtualization and allow them to package their application into a standardized unit for software development. But we all know that.

Watch the rest of Christian Johannsen’s talk for more.

containersChristian Johannsen is a Solutions Architect at Chef, covering the DACH region. Christian was an integration and automation specialist in the virtualisation space and wanted to get more involved with the DevOps scene. His experience in these specialisms are what now allow him to help customers integrate the Chef framework into new and existing environments. His work across many customers provides him with a good perspective on both the technical and cultural aspects of implementing DevOps solutions.




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