Bridging the Gap: Leveraging Containers for Large-Scale DevOps

| May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Containers are a great technology for improving certain software delivery processes. However, the typical challenges that come with large-scale enterprise software releases don’t simply disappear by implementing containers.

In fact, containers can introduce a variety of complexities and dependencies that ultimately make it more difficult to scale software delivery in an enterprise environment.

DevOps, Containers

In large organizations that want to quickly and securely deliver high-quality software using containers – and scale their efforts to hundreds or thousand of deployments – DevOps teams cannot overlook certain critical management needs:

  • A standardized, repeatable way to deploy software across the varied environments of enterprise IT infrastructure
  • The ability to manage multiple interdependent services and complex processes
  • The enforcement of core enterprise requirements, such as compliance, security, reporting, audit trails, and process controls
  • Real-time visibility into all application components, release processes, deployment artifacts, and release status

The Enterprise Challenge

Container management tools, such as Kubernetes, Docker, OpenShift, and Google Kubernetes Engine, allow developers to bundle all of the components of an application into a single package. By packaging everything an application needs to run – code, runtime, system tools, and system libraries – into a self-contained unit, DevOps teams can drastically simplify deployment to test, user acceptance, and production environments.

While this approach is ideal for deploying one-off applications to a single environment, things can get pretty complicated when you’re looking at using containers in a release pipeline that has hundreds of applications, a diverse IT infrastructure, and a variety of demanding compliance requirements.

In addition, no large organization works exclusively with containers, and therefore, scaling software delivery efforts will require applications and their myriad dependencies to be managed and orchestrated across hybrid environments, not just containers.

For enterprise DevOps deployments, it quickly becomes apparent that containers are not a complete solution.

Enterprise Software Delivery in the Age of Containers


Enterprise Software Delivery in the Age of Containers

How can enterprises take advantage of the benefits of container technology without creating more work for their teams?

Check out this free whitepaper to learn where containers fall short and how Release Orchestration and Deployment Automation tools can bridge the gap between the promise of containers and the realities of complex enterprise application delivery.

The Key to Containers

It’s nearly impossible to scale complex container scenarios without tools to help orchestrate releases and automate deployments across the entire software delivery pipeline.

Leveraging an Application Release Automation (ARA) tool with Release Orchestration and Deployment Automation capabilities can play a vital role in bridging the gap between the promise of containers and the realities of complex application delivery.

Select a tool that provides the key functions IT teams need to complement container use in enterprise environments, including:

  • Creating consistency by centralizing configuration for all container formats
  • Eliminating scripting by instead modeling deployments and creating reusable release templates
  • Ensuring compliance and security procedures are baked into the release
  • Accounting for both technical and organizational parts of the delivery pipeline
  • Orchestrating the release pipeline from end to end
  • Managing complex releases, dependencies, and microservices
  • Simplifying migration to new platforms by standardizing release and deployment processes and configurations

Containers can improve software delivery and scale in enterprise environments if they are well managed and implemented with the previously mentioned requirements in mind.

For more info, read our latest white paper.

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Lisa K. Wells

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Lisa K. Wells is the Vice President of Product Marketing at XebiaLabs. Leveraging more than 25 years of experience in software, Lisa is laser-focused on creating value in the software development pipeline, crafting go-to-market plans, honing company messaging, and spearheading general cat-herding activities. After starting her career as an Applications Engineer, she moved to the "Dark Side" – product marketing – where she developed a passion for helping companies effectively build, market, and sell technology that provides life-changing value to customers. Over the last 12 years, Lisa has been at the forefront of building winning product strategies and messaging for some of the world’s leading software tooling companies, working with SmartBear and CloudBees before joining XebiaLabs in 2015.