Gartner Research

Designing and Operating DevOps Workflows to Deploy Containerized Applications

Published: 28 March 2018

ID: G00348321

Analyst(s): Anna Belak


Running containers in production requires automation and management of manifest files, repositories and infrastructure. To help technical professionals in I&O harness the agility benefits of DevOps, this research offers best practices for building and operating deployment pipelines with Docker.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Identify Ideal Containerization Use Cases
    • Select a Container Management Platform
  • 1. Design or Modify Your Application Delivery Pipeline
    • Understand How Application Code Becomes a Running Container
    • Automate and Orchestrate Image Builds Using Continuous Integration
    • Guidance
  • 2. Assign New Roles and Responsibilities
    • Clarify Roles and Responsibilities for Dev and Ops
    • Guidance
  • 3. Manage and Version-Control New Artifacts
    • Version-Control Artifacts in Code and Image Repositories
    • Tag and Label Consistently to Add Meaningful Metadata
    • Select, Configure and Maintain Container Image Registries
    • Guidance
  • 4. Create a Robust Infrastructure Update and Upgrade Process
    • Guidance
  • 5. Automate Everything
    • Infrastructure Provisioning
    • Continuous Integration
    • Unit Testing and Functionality Verification
    • Security, Compliance and Validation
    • Guidance

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