Bringing Containers to Production: A brief overview of orchestration technologies.

Richard Allen

Most development agencies have started the migration from VM's to containers and using docker. With docker and docker-compose becoming a more mature technology, and the improvements by the drupal community; it's easier than ever to replace vm's in your development workflow with lighter weight containers.

However taking the next step from locals machines, to orchestration of a CI environment and production is new, rapidly changing space. I'd like to present a broad over of when and why you should work towards container orchestration, what technologies are available to help with this.

We'll cover:

Long term support and staff concerns. Being prepared to maintain production environments
How to avoid over complicating your business and maintaining a mountain of CI/Containers code.
What technologies and services exist to help orchestrate our environments.
We will NOT go into implementations or specific code for these services.
We will cover 'what' these services do and what problems they solve and some of the high level pro's and con's.
Common pitfall's and traps to avoid.

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