Become More Agile and Get Ready for DevOps by Using Docker in Your Continuous Integration Environments

Archived Published: 26 March 2015 ID: G00270831


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Docker and containers reduce the resources required by virtualization and, due to their portability, are becoming a component that enables continuous development techniques. Build architects should exploit Docker for development lab and continuous integration environments.

Table of Contents

  • Problem Statement
  • The Gartner Approach
  • The Guidance Framework
    • Prework
      • An Introduction to Containers and Docker
    • Using Containers and Docker in a CI Environment
      • Step 1. Determine a Container-Imaging Strategy
      • Step 2. Use Data Volumes for Persistent Storage
      • Step 3. Set Up Network Connectivity
      • Step 4. Set Up Monitoring and Dashboards
      • Step 5. Integrate More Advanced Testing Into Your CI Service
  • Risks and Pitfalls
    • Docker Is a Young Technology
    • Docker May Not Yet Support Your Application Platforms
    • Docker Doesn't Solve Image Sprawl
    • Teams May Put Data in Jeopardy During the Learning Period
    • The Use of Opaque, Untrusted Virtual Images Is a Security Risk
    • Related Guidance
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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