5 Things Your CIO Needs to Know about Docker

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It’s no secret that Docker has revolutionized the application virtualization space. Today, it’s one of the fastest adopted technologies across enterprises of all sizes—and now, It’s more than just a developer’s preferred open source framework. It also drives the ideal business case to C-level decision makers by creating the ideal transitional opportunity for operational efficiency and optimized IT budgets to driving innovation and expansion. We’ve listed a few of the many reasons why your CIO needs to be paying attention to the potential around Docker.

Docker is nearly complete DevOps technology available today

DevOps has a lot to gain from container based software. As the collaboration and integration between these teams have increased with technical advances, the need to manage application dependencies throughout dev cycles has increased as well. Docker is a point of convergence for Development and Operations, and it creates a seamless link between the two to collaborate without manual barriers and processes.

Docker comes with low overhead, and with the ability to maintain a low memory capacity, it allows multiple services to run at once to allow for better collaboration. It also utilizes its shared volumes to make application code available to the containers from a host operating system so a developer can access and edit source code from any platform and see changes instantly. Docker’s flexibility also allows a front-end engineer the opportunity to explore how back-end systems work to gain full understanding of the full stack and drive a more encompassing workflow.

Docker is more manageable and lightweight compared to virtual stations

While many PaaS options are built to handle most tasks for development teams, overhead costs to maintain the architecture, begin to offset its benefits. Docker allows you to create flexible environments so you can enter deeper layers of the stack and work without disrupting any other workflows. Docker containers are easier to manage than traditional heavyweight visualizations–it’s a whole series of layers, and changing one layer doesn’t mean impacting the rest. Before its implementation, engineers would have to build out virtual machine with some fake load inside the environment. Now, they’re able to package to reduce how many virtual machines they implement, reducing costs and overhead.

Docker has the competitive advantage

It’s clear that Docker is not the only container name out today, that said, it easily owns the mindshare of IT leaders and developers alike. In the short amount of time since its 1.0 release, Docker has already seen support from leaders like Red Hat, IBM, Amazon, and even VMWare. As the pioneer of a business model tailored for developers, Docker has paved the path for rapid adoption in the container space. However, as an open source technology, it also sustains a growing community with contributors and stakeholders to lead the channels toward innovation and advancements.

Docker allows for increased developer productivity, and in turn, increased innovation

Using container-based software already creates a seamless collaboration and handoff between anyone from development, operations, and testing teams. It’s more than likely that your engineers benefit from time away from redundant tasks and troubleshooting. Returning the focus on creating, innovating, and responding to demand with a better outcome and ultimately a better product only benefits them, and your organization the most.

Creating better use of the cloud

Using containers in the cloud creates more instance utilization. By deploying multiple Docker applications onto a single cloud instance, you are much closer to achieving 100% utilization of your resource. Docker allows you to run multiple apps on the same cloud safely by abstracting and isolating their dependencies.

Your CIO’s role is already transitioning from what it used to be. Instead of focusing on operational efficiencies and cost centers, they have the power to drive innovation and productivity to their IT and development teams. Docker might have a lot of rooms to grow into, and adjust to pain points, but it already has the potential to be implemented as a best practice throughout organizations. It initiates a methodology of collaboration, sharing, education and efficiency on teams. As DevOps and Agile practices become a necessity instead of an option within enterprise teams, Docker represents much more than a container-based software. It represents a new era of digital innovation, one that makes your team excel in innovation, development, cultural practices and more.

Saba Anees

Saba Anees

Saba is the Content Marketing Specialist at AppDynamics. She grew up in the SF Bay Area, graduated from UC Berkeley, and joined AppDynamics' Marketing team in 2015. You can follow her on Twitter at @sabaanees.