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Assessing Docker and Containers for Five Software Delivery Use Cases

Published: 27 April 2015

ID: G00275476

Analyst(s): Richard Watson


Docker offers application-focused, container-based virtualization to DevOps-minded developers and administrators. This document assesses Docker for use cases spanning development and test, continuous integration (CI), production deployment, and building private PaaS.

Table Of Contents


  • Docker in a Nutshell
    • What Exactly Is Docker?
    • Operating System Container Benefits
    • Docker's Benefits
  • Use Cases for Docker
    • Summary of Use-Case Assessments
    • Assessment Criteria
    • Use Case 1: Docker for Local Application Development and Test
    • Use Case 2: Docker for Development Team Collaboration
    • Use Case 3: Docker for Continuous Integration
    • Use Case 4: Docker for Production Application Deployment
    • Use Case 5: Docker for Creating a Private PaaS
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Recognize That Containers Are Not Suitable for Every Application
  • Decide If You Are Ready to Use Docker in Production
  • Remember That Adding Docker Will Make Your Environment More Complex
  • Don't Build a PaaS Yourself Using Docker, but Consider the Role of Docker in Your PaaS Strategy

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