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Debunking DevOps #3: Containers Fix All Pitfalls

This is the third blog in a series exploring some common DevOps misconceptions. Break past the myths to get the most from your DevOps strategy.

Read Myth #1 and Myth #2.

Myth #3: Transitioning to containers will fix your DevOps pitfalls

You will easily be able to transition to containers and will instantly be able to take advantage of their benefits to employ DevOps processes. By leveraging a container management tool, you won’t have to worry about managing application deployment, scale, or capacity as you transition to a microservices model.

Once you adopt containers, you will no longer have to worry about your development environment lifecycle because containers can easily fix any issue.

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The myth isn’t that container management platforms have great built-in capabilities around deployment, application capacity management, application resiliency, etc. The myth is that containers will solve all of your problems – they won’t.

Containers layers in more complexity and a different set of challenges.

If you don’t have a well-established environment lifecycle, continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD), or an automated set of testing principles and policies in place, your current issues will only be compounded by containers. Containers allow you to turn a few large components into dozens of small containers, multiplying what could go wrong.

As you consider adopting a container strategy, you also need to consider the maturity level of your organization – containers may be able to address some of your existing DevOps challenges. Identify those challenges early and build a well-thought-out container strategy that addresses them.

Why even adopt a DevOps strategy?

Organizations shouldn’t think of DevOps as just improving the workflow around development and operations. Instead, think of it as part of an overall agile transformation of your IT.

Adopting DevOps will streamline business-critical IT processes, help you migrate legacy systems, and adopt new technologies, but you need a plan to successfully implement it. Implementing a strategy is a process, but once you’re on the other side, you will have closed any skills gaps, established new processes, and adopted tools that work for you.

Learn more to arm yourself from being misled about DevOps. Download our guide and get started debunking DevOps myths.

 

About the Author

Caitlin is the Marketing Coordinator for Perficient's Automation, DevOps, and API practices. She's been in her role since September 2019, and has a background in editing and writing for a variety of brands and publications. She lives in St. Louis and is a proud St. Louis Blues fan.

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