Why Agencies Are Buying Into Containerization (and Why it Matters)


A GovLoop Market Trends Report

Federal agencies have quite the punch list to address: modernize, digitize, increase efficiency, reduce costs and through it all, keep security front and center. These initiatives span all areas of technology, from accelerating application development and increasing cloud adoption to expanding mobility and embracing artificial intelligence. And, of course, all of it is geared toward improving the quality of services they provide to both employees and constituents.

Increasingly, as agencies explore possible solutions, they are seeing a common thread: containerization. It’s a technical concept, but it’s one with ramifications that go far beyond the arena of software developers.

A container is a software package that contains everything you need to run an application – the code and its dependencies, system libraries, settings and configuration files. Because containers are, well, self-contained, they provide a lightweight method of packaging, deploying and managing applications in a standardized way across many different types of infrastructure. Agencies often automate container management using an open-source system called Kubernetes.

In practical terms, containerization helps agencies shorten the time it takes to deliver, scale up and evolve innovative services.

To understand how agencies can best use containers to create a faster path to mission success, GovLoop teamed with Dell, a solutions provider, and SUSE, which provides an open approach to container management. This report discusses how containers can help agencies overcome long-standing obstacles to innovation and highlights key use cases.

Read the full Market Trends Report here

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