Thursday, July 14, 2016

Presentation: Containers-Don't Skeu Them Up (Use Microservices Instead)

William Henry and I gave this presentation at LinuxCon Japan in 2016. (About 8 hours after getting a panicked 3am email to fill a no-show slot.) It's similar to what we gave at LinuxCon Dublin last year but there are a few updates.

Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn't actually need them. But the basic idea is far broader. For example, containers aren't legacy virtualization with a new spin. They're part and parcel of a new platform for cloud apps including containerized operating systems like Project Atomic, container packaging systems like Docker, container orchestration like Kubernetes and Mesos, DevOps continuous integration and deployment practices, microservices architectures, "cattle" workloads, software-defined everything, management across hybrid infrastructures, and pervasive open source.

In this session, Red Hat's Gordon Haff and William Henry will discuss how containers can be most effectively deployed together with these new technologies and approaches -- including the resource management of large clusters with diverse workloads -- rather than mimicking legacy sever virtualization workflows and architectures.

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