One of the things we might start to realize is that APIs enable applications to share and write data to various applications in more sophisticated, streamlined ways in a server environment that is entirely managed “in the cloud.” Now add to these “new” realities server infrastructure that can be spun up or down nearly instantaneously for a single application that can scale and is eminently portable. You don’t import and export data anymore, you simply migrate entire server environments. The idea of moving infrastructure around in a fundamentally different model, much like you can imagine for container ship in The Wire:
The above clip from The Wire (excuse the expletives) makes the case why containers have revolutionized that shipping industry---like we heard in the Ambersons clip, like it or not the Future is Now! As a downside, his clip underscores the horrors of automating labor and the loss of jobs at Baltimore’s port.
How would such a look at services like Docker for IT infrastructure in terms of their costs and benefits?