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Assessing Docker and Containers for Five Software Delivery Use Cases

Published: 18 January 2017

ID: G00316997

Analyst(s): Richard Watson


This assessment guides technical professionals responsible for application architecture and infrastructure through the benefits and risks of adopting Docker for development and test, continuous integration, production deployment, private PaaS, and cloud portability.

Table Of Contents


  • Use Cases for Docker
    • Summary of Use-Case Assessments
    • Assessment Criteria
    • Use Case 1: Docker for Solo and Team Application Development and Test
    • Use Case 2: Docker for Continuous Integration
    • Use Case 3: Docker for Production Application Deployment
    • Use Case 4: Docker for Creating a Private PaaS
    • Use Case 5: Docker for Application Infrastructure and Cloud Portability
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Containers Are Not Suitable for Every Application
  • Use Docker in Production If You Have Sophisticated and Agile Operations
  • Consider Management, Monitoring, Backup, Disaster Recovery and Other Tools as Well as Orchestration
  • Plan on a Combination of Containers and Virtual Machines
  • Don't Build a PaaS Yourself Using Docker, but Build Docker Into Your PaaS Strategy

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