How to Run Containers in Production Environments

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The benefits of adopting a container-oriented development and deployment workflow are not fully realized if the adoption is only retained within the boundaries of development and test environments. The reluctance to run containers in production stems from concerns surrounding security and isolation, and a general lack of operational expertise in managing containers in a production environment.

In organizations that are at some stage of adopting containers, the decision to move them into production environments is a major consideration. It is easier to take the plunge when adopting containers for a completely new service or application, one that is ideally container native.

What does it mean to be container native? A container-native application is one that is designed and built around the lifecycle of containers and considers containers to be first class citizens of its existence. For applications that have been retrofitted to work with containers, the decision to move to production is usually harder. This refers to legacy applications, which are prone to extensive refactoring to adopt container-oriented development and deployment.

Understanding the impact on existing workflows and processes in the organizations production environments is a significant aspect of operating containers in production. Here are some workflows and processes around production that may be impacted by containers…

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