Containers are one of the hottest topics in the industry right now, and our FutureStack15 panel addressing the operational considerations for running containers in production was one of the best attended sessions at the event.

In a panel discussion called “Containers in Production: Crazy? Awesome? Or Crazy Awesome!,” moderator Stevan Arychuk welcomed an awesome group of container vendors, users, and New Relic experts. Participants included Mark Mandel, Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform; Banjot Chanana, Senior Director Enterprise Product Management at Docker; Tim Gross, Product Manager at Joyent; and New Relic’s own Lead Site Reliability Engineers Sean P. Kane and Karl Matthias, co-authors of the recent book Docker: Up and Running, Shipping Reliable Containers in Production from O’Reilly.

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The esteemed panel addressed a wide-ranging series of questions, including:

  • What do you see in regards to actual production use of containers? Are enterprises doing more than experimenting? (Timecode: 5:03)
  • What are the top use cases for containers, apart from microservices? (Timecode: 10:50)
  • Are cloud and containers dependent on each other? Or can they work well in on-premise environments? (Timecode: 13:15)
  • What modern software tools are mature enough to be used in a production context? (Timecode: 17:28)
  • What are the challenges for software tool makers in this era of rapidly changing technology? (Timecode: 20:45 )
  • How do you monitor containers in production when you have containers that may be alive for a shorter period than your monitoring interval? (Timecode: 25:10)

In addition, the panel deals with a number of important questions from attendees. Watch the entire session below:

You can see all available FutureStack15 presentation videos, including the keynotes, at our FutureStack15 YouTube playlist. We’ll be adding more in the coming days and weeks, so subscribe now!


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