Containers Survival Guide for Infrastructure

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


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Containers are an emerging trend in application packaging and delivery:

  • Infrastructure is not prepared to host containers.
  • Developers are already using them as an application development tool.
  • Containers will soon become a standard in internal and external software delivery.

Adopting containers will help you achieve an efficient and agile application lifecycle:

  • Consolidate workloads and maximize resource utilization.
  • Eliminate overlap of responsibility between development and operations.
  • Cut down on application development and deployment costs.
  • Ensure application performance by packaging applications with dependencies.
  • Deploy scalable and agile workloads.

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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
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