Enterprise usage of containers has been focused largely on developers and, as a result, I&O teams may have overlooked the potential benefits and pitfalls. I&O leaders must address these four considerations before commencing a container deployment:

  • Determine if the organization can support a container initiative by evaluating I&O’s performance against process benchmarks and reviewing organizational history with other process- and maturity-related initiatives, such as DevOps.
  • Maximize the benefit and optimize the cost of container adoption by synchronizing deployments with development, security and architecture teams in the context of supporting modern application architectures (such as microservices).
  • Justify investment in container initiatives by focusing discussions on the business value containers deliver and on metrics of greatest interest to business leaders.
  • Modernize infrastructure by using new application initiatives as a springboard to introduce technologies (such as containers) and concepts (such as immutable infrastructure).

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