The Intersection of DevOps, Containers, and Storage

Written by:
John Rollason

November 09, 2016

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We are again at a fascinating point in the ever-accelerating world of IT. Every 7-10 years or so, a combination of IT trends and technologies simultaneously reach a point of maturity, dramatically changing the way IT infrastructure needs to be architected in order for organizations to stay competitive.

In 2006-09, it was the combination of mature second platform (client-server) applications together with virtual machines, virtualized storage, and converged infrastructure that changed the industry for the next decade. Starting around 2010, the third computing platform emerged — meaning applications began to be developed to take advantage of new social, mobile, cloud, and analytics trends, capabilities, and requirements. A few years later, those applications are becoming ever more business critical. Today it is a combination of DevOps together with containers and next-generation storage that is intersecting. Combined with the maturity of cloud services, this is again significantly impacting the choices and investments every IT department need to make.

The principals behind the DevOps movement have become the organizational catalyst many organizations needed to accelerate their efforts to modernize their entire approach to IT. There are now many documented and published examples of how this team effort across developers and operations results in higher IT performance, faster time to market, and increased employee and customer loyalty. Puppet’s 2016 State of DevOps report, based on the results of surveying 25,000 technical professionals, concludes that high-performing organizations using DevOps principles deploy 200x more frequently and spend 29% more time on new work. The report also shows that the number of DevOps teams increased by 22% in 2016. There is no doubt this trend will eventually affect everyone interested in next-generation IT.

But that’s only the beginning.

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