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

Published: 26 March 2015

ID: G00270831

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick


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

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