OpenStack, Containers, and Docker: The Future of Application Deployment
Twenty years ago, developers built static applications on well-defined stacks that ran on proprietary, monolithic hardware. Developers today want freedom to build applications using their choice of services and stacks and, ideally, want to be able to run those applications on any available hardware. Of course, this raises questions about service interaction, the practicality of migrating applications across environments, and the challenges of managing unlimited combinations of services and hardware environment.
By promoting an opensource approach to flexible and inter-operable infrastructure, OpenStack goes a long way towards achieving this vision of the future. This talk discusses the application and platform side of the equation, and the interplay between OpenStack, Container technology (e.g. LXC), and the opensource Docker.io project. Docker.io enables any application and its dependencies to be deployed as lightweight containers that run consistently virtually anywhere. The same containerized application that runs on a developer's laptop can run consistently on a bare metal server, an OpenStack cluster, a Rackspace cloud, a VM,etc. While providing isolation and compatibility, containers have significant size, performance, and deployment advantages over traditional VMs.
Recently, the community created an integration between Docker and OpenStack Nova, opening up exciting possibilities for web scale application deployment, continuous integration and deployment, private PaaS, and hybrid cloud. This session will give an introduction to Docker and containers in the context of OpenStack, and will then demonstrate cross-environment deployment of applications.