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You may have a vast amount of experience with DevOps and traditional lifecycles, but container lifecycle management means rethinking most of what you did in the past. The Power of Orchestration When considering container ops, you need to explore container orchestration. Here, it is important to note that a container orchestration engine such as Kubernetes can pool multiple containers, which may reside in separate ker- nels, managing them as a single logical entity. This helps you coordinate the containers as a single application solution, and that makes them much easier to manage. You should consider container orchestration tools as a path to define the deployment of containers, as well as a means for their ongoing management. That will cover ops issues such as availability, performance, and scaling, as well as networking and even production updates to the containers. Moreover, these tools can handle the application of rules and policies for host placement, pro- visioning, configuration, and scheduling. Unexplored Terrain When you’re on the bleeding edge, count on bleeding. You may have a vast amount of experience with DevOps and traditional lifecycles, but container lifecycle management means rethinking most of what you did in the past. It’s time to take some risks and get ahead of these issues. You’ll have to solve these problems sooner or later if containers are a key enabling technology within your enterprise. FALL 2017 | THE DOPPLER | 49