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Containers continue to gain traction across both enterprises and service providers alike. They represent the preferred new method of developing, packaging, and deployment of new web applications and are viewed as critical in future edge computing deployments with the rise of initiatives like 5G, IoT (Internet of Things) and MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing).
At the same time, containers are relatively new to the vast majority of developers and IT professionals. At the recent DockerCon (June 2018) in San Francisco, Docker revealed their audience survey indicated 50% of attendees had started with containers in the last year. This points to a large population still needing education, assistance, and an early market.
To attract these new developers, we’ve seen efforts by Docker to make installation and deployment easier, along with similar efforts from the public cloud giants to ease container deployment and management—AWS launched Fargate and Microsoft Azure launched ACI. These container-as-a-service approaches (along with serverless or function-as-a-service) are gaining mindshare, though many in the community still need to understand the ramifications of these different architectures (microservice-based) on their applications. Porting legacy applications to this new framework can be a daunting if not a fruitless task. However, the benefits of improved infrastructure efficiency, better scalability, application agility and DevOps-friendliness make containers a strong architectural choice for new applications.
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