Hybrid Deployment of Docker Containers using IBM UrbanCode Deploy

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Docker containers have rapidly been gaining adoption based on the positive developer experience, ease of deployment and the portability of the images. Docker containers are easy to build, move and deploy locally, on traditional systems and in a growing number of Cloud Providers.

Many companies are looking at Docker as a means to quickly develop their cloud centric applications or micro-services. Cloud Providers provide a fast environment on which to iterate on these applications. In scenarios where these Containers represent a micro-service, or component of a broader application deployment, we want to tie Docker Deployments into a broader workflow manager. This is especially true when looking at Hybrid Cloud scenarios where certain components are developed on the cloud but are then deployed on-premise or vise versa.

Within the IBM DevOps portfolio IBM UrbanCode Deploy (UCD) orchestrates the deployment of applications across environments. UCD provides an application centric view of the world, and allows an application deployment to co-ordinate the deployment of many individual components with inventory tracking.

IBM UrbanCode Deploy has added support for Docker Containers, Docker Registries, and IBM Container Service on Bluemix via a Community Plugin.

Scenarios where IBM Urbancode Deploy complements Docker technology

  • A deployment engineer wishes to co-ordinate the deployment of many Docker containers across a set of Docker Hosts or a Cloud Provider
  • A deployment engineer wishes to co-ordinate the deployment of a set of Docker containers as a part of a larger traditional application deployment process. This is particularly useful when converting a large application into a set of micro-services.
  • An operations engineer needs a set of validation, certification or test processes around what images are deployable within an environment.
  • An operations engineer needs to automate image management between Cloud Registries and on-premise Docker Registries.

In the attached video, I show how you can use IBM UrbanCode Deploy with the Docker plugins to deploy a Docker image from the IBM Container Service on Bluemix:

  • Into a running container on-premise
  • Into a running container on the Bluemix cloud platform
  • Into a Docker Hub Enterprise registry behind your company’s firewall.

All of these deployments can also be done with a Docker Registry as the source.

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