Containers Survival Guide for Infrastructure

Containers are coming! Get ready now (if you haven’t already).

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Your Challenge

  • The major impediments to containers in a production environment adoption are concerns over security and management at scale.
  • Organizations have already made significant investments in machine virtualization (virtual infrastructure) and are unlikely to abandon that investment.
  • Non-containerized applications and services will continue to need to be hosted and serviced into the future.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Containers don’t replace VMs, yet: It will be beneficial for all near term to adopt containers on virtualized infrastructure.
  • The future of software packaging: You will need to adopt containers in the near future. Software will soon begin to ship in containers, and you will be required to host them.
  • Not just a technology change: Containers require a change in people and process, with different/new development and operations roles and responsibilities in new agile processes.

Impact and Result

  • IT infrastructure groups should resolve to create container-ready infrastructure that will meet both the requirements of developers and apps managers and the availability, recoverability, and security requirements of the enterprise.
  • In the short term, the best solution is likely to be hosting containers on container-ready VMs running Linux and a container engine like Docker. This may not be optimal for performance but will be optimal for securing and assuring availability for the underlying infrastructure.
  • Longer term, enterprises should pilot running containers on bare metal to become familiar with the emerging tools for managing containers. The future is likely a hybrid of virtualized infrastructure and bare metal container infrastructure.

Containers Survival Guide for Infrastructure

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should adopt application containers, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.


1

Analyze the business case for containers

Identify the enterprise benefits of containers, and evaluate the extent of the business and infrastructure container needs.

2

Develop a container adoption strategy

Develop a short-term and long-term container adoption strategy that aligns with enterprise and workload needs, and assemble a customized container software ecosystem.

3

Develop and communicate the container infrastructure roadmap

Roadmap and communicate the journey to adopting containers, and develop a collective agreements document to govern the development and deployment of containers.

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Module 1: Identify the Need for Containers

The Purpose

  • Discuss the anticipated benefits/concerns with containers with stakeholders.
  • Assess enterprise workloads to identify deployment needs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Establish a need for containers in the enterprise.

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Explore business benefits of containers.

  • List of container adoption benefits

1.2

Discuss container pain points/concerns.

  • List of container adoption concerns

1.3

Assess container use in your organization.

  • Shortlist of systems that might want containerization

1.4

Complete Containers Assessment Workbook.

  • Data that will be used to decide on container deployment needs

Module 2: Develop a Container Adoption Strategy

The Purpose

  • Develop a short-term and long-term container adoption strategy.
  • Assemble the ideal container software ecosystem.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Utilize current infrastructure for containers.
  • Test container native infrastructure.
  • Adopt a container software ecosystem that fits your organizational needs.

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Compare containers and VMs

  • A list of pros and cons associated with containers and VMs

2.2

Explore workload deployment needs.

  • An understanding of your deployment needs

2.3

List initiatives to adopt containers on VM.

  • List of initiatives for adopting a containers on VMs model

2.4

Develop a bare-metal container pilot.

  • List of requirements and initiatives for piloting container-native infrastructure

Module 3: Roadmap Your Container Adoption Plans

The Purpose

  • Identify the tools needed to adopt containers.
  • Prioritize initiatives for adopting containers.
  • Build the Container Adoption Roadmap.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Select the tools that best fit your organization.
  • Manage timelines for completing container adoption initiatives.

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Assemble ideal container ecosystem.

  • Container ecosystem custom fit to your needs

3.2

Build collective agreements document.

  • Document to govern container development and deployment

3.3

Build container adoption roadmap.

  • Roadmap to communicate journey

3.4

Prioritize roadmap initiatives.

  • Initiatives and target dates to include in roadmap

Module 4: Assemble the Containers Executive Communications Report

The Purpose

  • Assemble a Containers Executive Communications Report for stakeholders.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Effectively communicate your journey to adopting containers.

Activities:
Outputs

4.1

Identify and assemble the components of the Containers Executive Communications Report.

  • Containers Executive Communications Report